The heart of the flagship campus along College Avenue in New Brunswick has gotten a substantial makeover with the opening this semester of a 175,000 square-foot academic building that is home to the School of Arts and Sciences, constructed at a cost of $116 million.
Nearby a three-building, 440-bed, student apartment complex also has debuted.
Unlike many other schools with flat or declining enrollment, Rutgers continues to grow. Today, it welcomes its largest incoming freshman class of 8,600 students across three campuses in New Brunswick-Piscataway, Newark and Camden, the university said.
The $91 million apartment complex is the first new housing on the College Avenue Campus in a generation. It features an open public space called “The Yard” which has a boardwalk and large outdoor video screen that school officials hope will become a focal point, the university said in a press release.
More than $8 million was invested in roof replacements and renovations of existing student housing on all campuses, the university said.
At the campus in Newark, more than $1.1 million was spent on improvements to the 1970s-era Robeson Campus center, including renovations of the cafeteria and lounges.
Rutgers, as well as other public colleges and universities in the state, has been in the midst of a building boom, thanks in part to the proceeds of a bond referendum for construction approved by voters in 2012.