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Stevens Marks Transformative Change with Grand Opening of University Center Complex

Higher education institutions like to talk about their graduation rates – and the placement rates of their outgoing students. After all, they are the ultimate measure of how schools prepare their students for the world of work.

Stevens Institute of Technology some scores extraordinarily well in both areas.

When it comes to attracting incoming students, it’s nice to have high-level buildings and amenities.

Stevens now has that too.

This weekend, the University Center complex officially unveiled Castle Point, a two-story structure that dominates the landscape of the Hoboken campus.

The complex consists of two dormitory towers (19 and 21 floors) that can accommodate approximately 1,000 students. These towers are connected by a state-of-the-art three-story University Center, which will serve as a true campus hub, offering many different types of spaces for an array of student activities and opportunities, including lecture halls, games rooms and dining room.

Stevens in numbers

The Stevens Institute of Technology is booming, literally. Here are some highlights of Stevens’ transformational progress over the past decade:

38%: Increase in the number of full-time professors and lecturers;

67%: Increase in undergraduate enrollment;

73%: Increase in the number of graduate enrollments in full-time equivalent;

95%: Percentage of Class of 2021 who achieved employment outcomes or entered graduate school within six months of graduation, with a record average starting salary of $77,000;

97%: Increase in research grant funding;

98%: Increase in the number of female undergraduate students;

100%: Percentage of classrooms renovated with AV/IT upgrades;

145 points: Increase in the average SAT score of the first-year cohort;

149%: Increase in the number of underrepresented minorities in the undergraduate cohort;

$200 million: Amount of successful fundraising campaign.

During construction, Stevens Chairman Nariman Farvardin said the University Center complex would become the focal point and crown jewel of the campus.

“This magnificent building will not only provide the kind of facilities that materially enhance our capabilities and offer world-class space and views to our community, but it will be an architectural gem that will make our magnificent campus even more so,” he said. he declares.

The towers, which will open next fall, feature an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Hudson River and the New York skyline, providing a beautiful venue for formal and informal gatherings.

The terrace will not only bring great views of Manhattan, but it will also remind Manhattan that Stevens is just across the river.

Not that the school lacks attention.

Stevens officials said interest in the university was growing and the number of applications for freshmen had set a record for each of the past six years. The towers will allow the school to almost double the number of students who live on campus.

And, in line with the university’s mission and vision, the complex was created with sustainability in mind, as it includes stormwater management through green roofs and rain gardens. And just having more students on campus will reduce the need for shuttle service, further reducing the carbon impact.

The complex is the largest in the school’s 150-year history.

Farvardin, who has just completed his 10th year at the school, said the transformation project should be recognized for more than its size. Castle Point is not just a symbol of the future, but one that represents the present.

“During the difficult times of the pandemic, this construction project has been a symbol of progress, hope and happiness,” he said.

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