A school dedicated to teaching students about advanced technologies is becoming more like a traditional campus with the construction of its first student dorm.
The University of Advancing Technology, 2625 W. Baseline Road in Tempe, has started construction of a $10.6 million student residence, which is expected to be completed in August 2007 — in time for the start of the next fall semester.
“We’re finding that students are looking for that traditional campus feel,” said Alan Hromas, the school’s marketing director. “It will allow them to have the sense of community that we are aiming to give them.”
The three-story building, which will have space for more than 250 students and resident staff, will include the latest technology in conformance with the school’s mission, including both wired and wireless Internet connections, he said.
The design of the 56,000-square-foot building includes more than 20,000 square feet of open space where students can gather, including a game room, exercise room, theater, lounge, study rooms, laundry and an extendedhours kitchen.
“We wanted to devote as much space as we can to promote community activity — a lot of shared space and places where people can sit and pull out a game and play it, or pull out a network and wire it up,” said Provost David Bolman.
An online roommate matching database will allow students to enter living and social preferences and to search for compatible techno-geeks.
The private, for-profit institution, which was founded in 1983, has nearly 1,000 students attending classes at the campus and another 267 in its online program. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in such fields as multimedia, software engineering and technology management. Specific areas of study include digital art and design, video game design, Web site design, computer forensics, network security and robotics.
The teaching prepares students for careers in information technology, software development and other hightech fields.
Previously, students have lived in leased apartment complexes within about two miles of the university and had to ride bikes or drive their own vehicles to classes, Hromas said.
Tuition is $7,900 per semester, and dorm charges will be extra, Hromas said. Financial aid is available, he said. Most of the students come from outside Arizona, and the university has enrolled students from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries.
The school has about 60 full-time faculty members.