GGC celebrates new student housing with ceremony and tours

Georgia Gwinnett College celebrated its first student housing today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 200 faculty, staff, students and members of the Gwinnett community attended the event, which featured the first official tours of the new residence halls.

Georgia Gwinnett College celebrated its first student housing today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 200 faculty, staff, students and members of the Gwinnett community attended the event, which featured the first official tours of the new residence halls.

“These first residence halls represent Georgia Gwinnett’s historic transformation from a commuter-only college to a full-service residential campus,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We are very excited to welcome our first student residents to campus for fall semester.”

Not typical dormitories, the residence halls feature suites of two to 12 private bedrooms and shared living space, including a kitchenette with a microwave, full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher and large pantry.

Student residents will use the newest technology in card keys to gain access to the building and their rooms. They also will use a system that allows them to go online to schedule laundry time – and the laundry equipment will be capable of sending students e-mails to alert them when their laundry is ready to be moved from washer to dryer, or when the drying cycle is done.

This first phase of student housing includes a cluster of three buildings, containing space for 1,029 students. The second phase will house another 1,500 students and will include a parking deck.

Senator Don Balfour from Snellville, an early supporter for the creation of the College and a strong advocate in the General Assembly, attended the event and noted, “We are gratified that GGC is doing exactly as we intended when we created the College. I think every citizen in the Gwinnett area should be proud of how Georgia Gwinnett College is answering the challenge of meeting the educational needs of Gwinnett and the surrounding region.”

Richard Tucker, a member of the Board of Regents, attended the event and stated, “Growing from 112 students four years ago to over 3,000 students now, with student housing, full accreditation, and 40 academic programs is a remarkable achievement. The Board of Regents is very proud of this accomplishment and looks forward to many great things from GGC in the coming years.”

The first student residents will move into GGC’s new housing just before fall semester classes begin on Aug. 23. Resident hall advisors will move in a bit earlier.

Gordon Harrison, president of the GGC Foundation, noted, “The GGC Foundation is proud to enter into a public private partnership with the College to construct and manage these student housing facilities. We are most appreciative of the leadership and vision of our foundation Board of Trustees and Trustees in setting forth the agreements and facilitating the financing for the housing.”

Harrison also noted that as a public-private venture, financing for the student housing involves no taxpayer funding. “Our student housing is paid for entirely through leases from students. We are pleased that the financing is done entirely using private funds.”

Also opening for fall semester is the College’s new Library and Learning Center and Student Center.

While expanding its facilities, Georgia Gwinnett also expanded its academics to include 12 bachelor degree programs in more than 40 fields of study – biology, business administration, criminal justice/criminology, early childhood education, English, exercise science, history, information technology, mathematics, political science, psychology and special education.

Future academic offerings include programs in nursing and other allied health professions.

About 5,000 students are expected to enroll for fall semester.

Applications are still being accepted for rooms in the new residence halls for fall semester. Room rates range from $595 - $725 per month, and include electricity and water. Learn more about GGC Student Housing

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