CU-Boulder Expanding Dorm-Based Learning

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Aiming to expand its "residential academic programs" to eventually reach all students, the University of Colorado is building a new dorm at the site of Kittredge Commons, which is being demolished this month.

The dorm -- in the Kittredge Complex on CU's main campus -- will serve as an overflow for students enrolled in increasingly popular residential academic programs, which are modeled after those at Ivy League schools and blend living and learning. Students from the College of Arts and Sciences honors program and those in an international residential academic program in Smith Hall will likely live in the new dorm.

The $37.25 million project -- funded by auxiliary revenue generated by Housing and Dining Services -- will house about 265 students and will include larger classrooms than the seminar rooms in previously renovated dorms, according to campus planning documents.

The new dorm is scheduled to open in the fall, said Deborah Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs. The Kittredge Commons area didn't previously house students, but rather was a dining hall for undergraduates living in the Kittredge Complex. Many students from Kittredge dorms now eat at the nearby Center for Community.

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