UMass Boston excited to open its first-ever residence
Students now can truly call UMass Boston home. This past Tuesday, Mayor Walsh, Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, local elected officials and university supporters gathered to celebrate a ribbon cutting for the very first residence hall at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Dorchester.
In what will be a transformative step for the longtime commuter school, the campus excited to open its first-ever residence. The 1,077-bed facility has long been a dream of the city’s only public university. The new facility is a state of the art hall with flexible living/learning spaces and a dining hall for residents, the entire campus community and Columbia Point neighbors.
President Marty Meehan shared at the ceremony,”We know statistically from study after study that students that live on campus, that are part of academic programming on the campus have a higher likelihood of academic success if they are part of academic programming and living on the campus.” And, later on he continued saying, “The real success is going to be those students who live here who have an opportunity to study with other students, who are a part of learning communities, who have faculty assigned to work with them so that they are ensured a greater likelihood of academic success – that is what the mission of this university is all about.”
This moment of the dorms opening to students this semester is historical, as the school transitions from a commuter school to a 24 hour campus. We are excited to be partnering with UMass Boston in managing the new halls and making a place to call “home” for UMass Boston students this fall.
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