ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) This coming fall, Trine University expects to have a total enrollment of over 3,000 students which would be a record for the institution.
Trine expects 600 new students for the fall semester and to accommodate the growth several projects are underway, including the construction of a 170-bed apartment style residence hall which is expected to be completed in 2015. Other campus improvements include a 300-seat cafeteria expansion and renovation of Ford Hall, which is home to the Ketner School of Business.
“The high enrollment is affirmation we are meeting the needs of students and families,” said Rick L. James, chair of the Trine University Board of Trustees. “The board is committed to campus enhancements to accommodate our growing student body while maintaining our high academic standards and close-knit community.”
Thunder Village is set to open in early August and should help handle the influx of students until the new residence hall is finished. Thunder Village consists of five-bedroom units with each bedroom having its own private bath designed for two students.
Work has also begun on Ford Hall, which will be out of commission for the 2014-15 academic year. When completed, the interior will boast technology-focused classrooms, the Rhoads Center for Entrepreneurship and a design that models the business world. There will also be a laboratory with up-to-the-minute stock market information and other business news.