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Welcoming higher ed admissions offices wow students

July, 2018
Lori Garrett is a senior principal and vice president at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. She can be contacted at LGarrett@glaveandholmes.com.

The design of admissions centers, whether in new buildings or renovated facilities, plays a critical role in any campus visit. Three best practices stand out.

College groundbreakings: Two residence halls, academic buildings, fitness center

April, 2018
By 2019, students at Colgate University (New York) will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. Each 100-bed facility will also house seminar rooms, classrooms, offices and lounges. The project—with Robert A.M. Stern Architects as architect and The Hayner Hoyt Corporation as construction manager, both New York firms—will cost $47 million. 

By 2019, students will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. 

The University of Notre Dame constructs the O’Neill Hall, Corbett Family Hall and Duncan Student Center

March, 2018

Three new buildings added 800,000 square feet to Notre Dame’s football stadium. The Indiana university touts the four-year endeavor, completed in fall 2017, as the largest construction project in its 175-year history.

Capital projects and college campus impressions as priorities

January, 2018
2018 construction actions anticipated.

Higher ed leaders love an opportunity to tout the beauty of their campuses, and continuous construction gives them a lot to talk about.

Presidents’ residences

September, 2017
AN INTIMATE, WELCOMING FEEL—Turning the living room of the president’s home at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania into an art gallery cost almost nothing—but sent a big message. President Kent Trachte and his wife, Sharon Trachte, want students to feel welcome in their home, particularly because the college has a tradition of serving first-generation students. The transformation of the living room, used for gatherings, highlights that the Trachtes embrace the liberal arts. The home was built in 1938.

Their form and function may vary, but there’s one trait nearly every president’s residence has in common: It’s much more than just a home.

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11/7/2018

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11/1/2018

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Wake Forest University’s Information Systems Multimedia Technician Preston Neill understands the short life span of cables and adapters. With Ditto wireless presentation software installed throughout campus, those unreliable connectors are one step closer to extinction.

“Our goal is to ultimately stop supplying cables and adapters, because cables go missing and adapters break,” Neill says. “The cost to replace them, plus the manpower involved, is what we’re looking to avoid by having a wireless solution. We’re already getting fewer calls with Ditto.” 

From left to right: Robert Ruiz, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment, Liaison International; Larry Boles, Professor and Program Director, University of the Pacific; Julie Masterson, Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Missouri State University

By 2025, graduate enrollment is on track to grow by 3.5 million students. Finding a best-fit student is difficult enough without having to sort through an overabundance of data. Worse, using the wrong data leads to an ineffective recruitment approach, wasting time and resources.

In this webcast, admissions experts explain how to classify your typical candidate, examine applicant data and implement the strategies that will lead to enrollment success.

Speakers

Robert Ruiz
Vice President of Strategic Enrollment
Liaison International

Who is today’s college student?

A new student is emerging. Fewer than half of today’s students fit into the 18- to 22-year-old demographic—now they are 18 to 80. Many students work part time or full time, or have families. They are digital natives. Ninety percent of them have smartphones and half have access to tablets 24/7. Just as when they shop, bank, travel or go out to eat, they have high expectations for higher ed. Many students need online course options. Colleges and universities need to change to meet these expectations in order to thrive.