Excitement is building as students from all over Florida, the country and the world prepare to descend on Jacksonville University this weekend for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
The new freshman class alone boasts students from 30 states, and from countries like Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Brazil, Romania, China and Nigeria. This year’s incoming class includes valedictorians, Eagle Scouts, National Honor Society members, military veterans, singers, scientists, student athletes of the year, social media experts, engineers, entrepreneurs and JU legacies.
Students in the Class of 2019 aren’t just getting many new campus upgrades, they are getting a unique, innovative new design in student resident life: the 274-bed, 70,000-square-foot North Hall. The three-wing residency is the result of visits to six different universities, extensive focus groups and discussions with students to make sure it meets the needs of today’s active, engaged, connected and mobile student.
Classroom, study and community spaces dot each floor. The spirit of JU and Jacksonville is woven throughout the building, with specially commissioned artwork. The student-to-RA ratio of about 25-to-1 is half that of typical residence halls, to provide more of the personalized attention that is a hallmark of a private university. RAs have been specially trained to mentor first-year students and develop community through intentional programming.
The North Hall, completed by Rimrock Devlin Development, is the first new housing construction for JU in many years and is part of the school’s redevelopment of old Arlington in conjunction with the City of Jacksonville.
To see more of what’s in store for an “Out Of This World” Move-in & Weekend Welcome, read over the .pdf below: