Richard I. Gouse, President of New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced the opening of the university’s first-ever residence hall located at its 225-acre campus in East Greenwich, RI. The multi-million-dollar capital project will transform the New England Tech campus into a traditional university setting.
The modern, 400-bed residence hall is a 123,000 square foot, four-story building offering single and double occupancy rooms as well as semi-suites. All bathrooms with showers are single occupancy. Student living areas are divided into 13 “pods” with each pod housing approximately 30 students, complete with its own lounge and study rooms.
Social spaces in the residence hall include study rooms, game areas, a fireplaced lounge and multipurpose room, student collaboration rooms, kitchen area, vending machines, public area TVs and a patio opening onto a courtyard green. The high-tech laundry room features washers and dryers programmed to send a text to students when their laundry is ready.
The university also announced the opening of a vibrant 42,000 square foot student center that will serve as the social hub for NEIT’s campus community. Students can enjoy a wide variety of dining options at the food court, complete with an exhibition kitchen, pizza/pasta station, deli/bakery, soup and salad bar, grill, breakfast station, market store, and café. Colorful lounge seating and eating areas coupled with a variety of game areas offer students a place to socialize and connect in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. In addition to interior seating throughout, there is outdoor patio seating on the ground level and also on the roof deck on the second level.
The second floor is connected to the first floor by a grand staircase beneath a glass atrium and includes lounge seating, additional game areas and a stage for student performances. A state-of-the-art, 8,000 square foot fitness center is also located on the second floor with expansive windows that overlook the residence hall and college green.
NEIT’s newly enhanced Department of Public Safety will provide a secure environment 24/7 to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at the East Greenwich campus as well as its two campuses in Warwick, RI. The department of Public Safety also maintains the free shuttle service that provides student transportation to all three campuses.
Also new to the NEIT East Greenwich campus is the addition of basketball courts and sports fields for students to enjoy.
President Gouse stated: “This is a historic moment at New England Institute of Technology. We have done our utmost in the design and construction of the residence hall and student center to provide students with a modern, comfortable place to live and learn. This expansion project offers us the opportunity to attract individuals to our university from across the country and internationally as we continue to fulfill our mission of providing students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to compete in today’s global economy.”
Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical university with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students. Founded in 1940, the university offers more than 55 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and online degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
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