NEW FIRST-YEAR HOUSING TO OPEN AT WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

WICHITA, KS. Following a 2011 feasibility study and a 2013 study to confirm demand and verify plans for a new residence hall, both conducted by Scion, Wichita State University is preparing to open the doors of its newest residence facility, Shocker Hall. The $60-million, 784-bed facility will provide a more traditional college experience for first-year students and is expected to support continued enrollment growth.

Wichita State University housing director Steve Larson reports that Shocker Hall is filling quickly and anticipates a waitlist. “The opening of Shocker Hall is exciting for everyone involved,” said Larson. “Scion’s help in planning and verifying unit types and rates was integral in delivering the best possible living experience for our first-year students.”

As part of the initial feasibility study, Scion assessed student demand, provided programming recommendations, conducted a preliminary financial analysis, and recommended a process for selecting a private development partner. Later, the University’s development partner, EdR, re-engaged Scion to analyze demand for the project, including reviewing project plans and confirming rental rates and unit types to satisfy underwriting.

Wichita State University is the third largest and only urban-serving research university in the Kansas Board of Regents system. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University’s students come from every U.S. state and 110 countries. Wichita State offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in over 200 areas of study in six colleges, plus 44 master’s degrees in over 100 fields. Its 330-acre campus is noted for having one of the largest outdoor sculpture collections of any U.S. university.

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