It is said that “home is where the heart is.” Many colleges and universities are keeping that in mind as they continue to invest in building residential facilities to attract students to on-campus living.
Residence hall construction at the nation's higher-education institutions remains strong, as the benefits to students, parents and the college are many. Students get a total college experience with easy access to classes and institution amenities; parents get the comfort of knowing their child is in an environment designed for safety and personal growth; and the college improves efficiency of auxiliary services while building better long-term bonds with students and their families.
According to American School & University's 18th annual Residence Hall Construction Report, the median new housing facility completed in 2006 was 89,000 square feet (down from 136,886 square feet in 2005) and accommodated 316 residents at a total cost of $15 million (compared with 382 residents and $20.4 million the year before).
Following are details of the 20 projects surveyed for the 18th annual report, providing data by averages and medians, as well as various amenities offered in today's new residence hall facilities.