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Why student housing at Purdue Calumet?

Purdue Calumet is moving forward with one of the most exciting projects in university history: the development of campus housing for students. Contingent on raising $2 million—and we’re nearly there—construction will begin next spring on a furnished, apartment-style complex on the south end of campus, east of the Physical Education Recreation Building, for 384 students. We expect the facility to open in time for the fall 2005 semester.

Why student housing at Purdue Calumet? There are several reasons. Student housing will define Purdue Calumet as a comprehensive regional university and distinguish us from institutions comprising the recently established Community College of Indiana system. For that reason, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently granted Purdue Calumet and other regional universities permission to develop student housing for up to 10 percent of their enrollment.

Student housing also will help strengthen our campus environment and enhance campus life. Student housing means more to do on campus for our students—residents and commuters alike.

However, most importantly, student housing, we believe, will help us attract, retain and graduate more students—the essence of student success as we define it. We fully expect—and our research indicates as much—that housing at Purdue Calumet will attract a significant number of local students who desire an on-campus residential experience close to home. With Purdue’s West Lafayette campus capping enrollment, housing on our campus provides another option for qualified students state wide, nationally and even internationally who want a Purdue education.

Additionally, campus living presents unique learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom and laboratory. It also presents exciting economic implications for the City of Hammond and Northwest Indiana. In short, we’re convinced student housing will transform our campus and benefit our region.

Sincerely,

Howard Cohen
Chancellor



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