June 17, 2008

Boston College to Provide Housing for All Undergraduates


Contact: Jack Dunn, Director of Public Affairs, Boston College, +1-617-552-3351, +1-617-256-7282, [email protected]

Through $1b in Construction and Renovation Projects, BC to Become First University in Boston to Reach Housing Milestone

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., June 17/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston College will add 1,280 new beds of undergraduate housing, making it the first college or university in Boston to meet 100 percent of student demand. The University will reach this milestone by converting a recently purchased apartment building near campus to 560 beds of University housing, and by adding 500 beds on the 65 acres it purchased from the Archdiocese of Boston.

To ease neighbors concerns, the University will build housing on the former Archdiocesan property in two phases, with 150 beds being built within the first 1-3 years of its 10-year Institutional Master Plan (IMP), and the remaining 350 beds being planned for years 8- 10. Once the new housing is completed, Boston College will have a total of 8,610 beds for its 8,600 resident students.

Among the highlights of the plan, which will exceed $1 billion in construction and renovation projects over the next decade and generate an estimated 12,000 jobs, Boston College will build: four new academic buildings, including new facilities for the humanities, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Connell School of Nursing, and an Institute for Integrated Sciences. Other projects include a new recreation complex, student center, fine arts district with an arts museum and auditorium, and an athletics center with a 1,500- seat baseball and 500-seat softball field.

The Institutional Master Plan presented by Boston College results from three years of internal assessment and planning as well as extensive consultation with our Brighton neighbors, said Boston College President Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ. What we are proposing, especially in regard to undergraduate housing, is a win-win for Boston College, the surrounding neighborhood, and the City of Boston. This plan reflects BCs longstanding commitment to be a good neighbor and to continue providing a quality educational experience true to our Jesuit, Catholic heritage.

The $1 billion investment in construction and renovation and the commitment to full housing are particularly significant for Boston College, which only 35 years ago was a nearly insolvent commuter school. Today, it is a national university that draws students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, and is considered one of the nation's most selective schools. It is currently ranked 35th in the US News & World Reportrankings and its endowment now stands at $1.75 billion. It is one of only 30 private universities in the United States that has a need-blind admissions policy and meets the full demonstrated need of all accepted students.

SOURCE Boston College

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