On Thursday, Alvernia welcomed the incoming class of 2015 as first year students moved into residence halls for Orientation Weekend. The class is the most academically talented and diverse in the university’s history, with nearly 30 percent hailing from out of state locations. In addition, interest in living on campus has never been greater, with more freshmen living in residence halls than ever before and more students living on campus than ever in the past...more than 800.
To help address the increased interest in living on campus, and more comfortably accommodate all students, a few dozen upper class students will be living in the Candlewood Suites in West Reading for the year. “Our growing reputation and improvements in academic, residential, recreational experiences and facilities are fueling the increase in student demand for campus housing,” said Joseph J. Cicala, vice president for university life and dean of students.
Plans that are moving toward approval by the Board of Trustees next month call for constructing Founders Village units III and IV that will add room for another 185 to live on campus beginning in fall 2012. The new units will be divided between additional apartments for upperclassmen and innovative suites ideal for small learning communities. An attached wing to one of the residences will provide a large fitness center, a dance and aerobics studio, a gracious campus living room able to accommodate up to 110 for programs, and a range of offices and work spaces for student organizations and clubs and for University Life staff.