With state-of-the-art computer labs, study lounges with soaring ceilings, and even a rooftop patio, the Student Success Center at Oregon State University will add a much needed 34,000 square feet of space for students to study, socialize and receive support.
The grand opening of the $14 million center took place Sept. 18, after University Day events. Presenters, including Representative Andy Olson, alumnus Patrick Stone, and former OSU football player Howard E. Croom III, shared stories of the importance of the new center, which will serve all OSU students, but which will have a special emphasis on student athletes and September Scholars, incoming freshmen who receive specialized attention as they transition into a university setting.
The center is located at 671 S.W. 26th St., just across the street from Gill Coliseum and Reser Stadium, making it especially convenient for student athletes, who have to maintain a rigorous training schedule while keeping up the academic side of their college experience.
The facility includes classrooms, a computer lab, study lounge and commons area as well as academic counseling and advising offices, meeting rooms and tutorial spaces. The second and third floors are home to two transition programs for students, September Scholars and the BEST Program, a similar program for student-athletes.
“Oregon State University is committed to providing outstanding resources to support all students as they gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be professionals and civic leaders,” said Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU’s associate provost for academic success and engagement.
“We could not be more excited to have this facility available to enhance our students’ university experience,” Brubaker-Cole added. “We will be forever thankful to the generous donors and community leaders who have made this facility a reality.”
Donors to The Campaign for OSU contributed more than $7 million toward the new building, qualifying the project for matching bonds from the state. An anonymous donor made the lead gift of $5 million, according to Michelle Williams, director of strategic communications for the OSU Foundation.
Guided by the university’s strategic plan, The Campaign for OSU seeks to raise $1 billion to provide opportunities for students, strengthen the Oregon economy and conduct leading research that changes the world. Donors have committed more than $850 million to the campaign to date, including $186 million for the construction and renovation of more than 20 campus facilities.