Student Life Brochure (PDF)
EYP is partnering with the University of Virginia to research the impact of our recently designed McLeod Tyler Wellness Center. Part of the College of William and Mary campus, this new student health center combines several health and wellness services into one facility - and our research will examine the beneficial effects of this new space on faculty and students. More
The study compares and analyzes responses from students in three living-learning environments - at Pace University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan - regarding interactions with peers and faculty; involvement in co- and extra-curricular activities; and satisfaction with their residence hall environment. More
Colleges and universities are looking beyond traditional planning strategies – including expanding technology, reimagining buildings, and engaging the community – to get the most out of their campuses. Emerging technologies – such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence – will eventually shape what the physical campus of the future will look like, but not replace it. We'll also likely see an increase in conversations between campus planners and off-campus developers and city councils, maximizing the future of college campuses. More
Students today live a 24/7 lifestyle, so residential life and campus dining teams are adapting to improve student services, wellness, and opportunities for community engagement. An increasing number of campuses are integrating food into the residence hall – not only in apartments and suite-style units, but also as focused community spaces that serve residents in a variety of ways. Vibrant social spaces with soft seating, flexible furniture, and a kitchen or food-prep area are popular with good reason: food has always served a cultural function – at the center of social occasions and even unifying regions. In a residence hall, integrating community kitchens and/or a food-service function can highlight the importance that food plays in wellness, education and culture. A kitchen can support residential life programming, enable students to share their culinary heritage, and logistically complement somewhat limited weekend or late-night food service elsewhere on campus. Our recent projects with Trinity College, Duke University, and Pace University integrate food service in varying ways to enhance residential life programs and enrich the student experience. More
Architecture DC showcases a modernization/new construction project: the Bethune Dining Hall Annex at Howard University. An AIA DC Merit Award Winner, the building exemplifies the trend for campus facilities that let in the sunshine to enhance the student experience, foster community, and advance energy and sustainability goals. This signature design has dramatically “transformed a stopping place for food into a happy social and cultural gathering place.”
We systematically investigate the impact of the spatial environment itself on student engagement, perceived experience, and sense of community. Our investigations at Michigan State University build on our living-learning research at the University of Michigan to provide evidence to how the architectural design of college residence halls impacts student engagement and development. More
Residential community spaces, including lounges and study areas, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are crucial to the engagement of students within residence halls. In an article for StudentHousingBusiness.com, EYP student life planner Sara Stein shares our research demonstrating the value – to individuals, the campus community, and the institution – of including an adequate number of flexible community spaces.
An engaged student population builds a strong sense of community, which then directly links back to individual student satisfaction. Engaged and involved students are much more likely to stay on campus at their institution, give back to the community at large, and likely contribute back to their campus as alumni.