Trine ready for record enrollment, expansion underway

ANGOLA, Ind. –The fall semester is seven weeks away, and Trine University officials are already excited about another record year of high enrollment, the launch of its first doctoral degree program and new and renovated campus facilities.

"Trine is in full motion as we prepare for more than 600 new students for this fall," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. "We've started clearing the way for nearly $12 million of construction, which includes a new residence hall that will open in 2015, a 300-seat cafeteria expansion and transformation of Ford Hall, home of the Ketner School of Business."

Fall enrollment of more than 600 new, incoming students, which will bring the total number of students to more than 3,000 for the first time, is also a record for the institution.

In addition, retention of students has increased by 7 percent during the past two years.

"The high enrollment is affirmation we are meeting the needs of students and families," said Rick L. James, chair of the Trine University Board of Trustees. "The board is committed to campus enhancements to accommodate our growing student body while maintaining our high academic standards and close-knit community."

To provide for this influx of students, Trine is building a 170-bed apartment-style residence hall on Thunder Drive between Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium and Hershey Hall. The new hall, expected to be completed in 2015, will feature two-bedroom units with private baths, air conditioning and a common living space and kitchen.

Trine's new Thunder Village will open in early August to fill a void before the new hall is ready. Thunder Village, to be located south of the new hall, will consist of five-bedroom units. Each bedroom with private bath is designed for two students and has air conditioning and a common living space and kitchen.

Work has also begun on Ford Hall, which will be out of commission for the 2014-15 academic year. When completed, the interior will boast technology-rich classrooms, the Rhoads Center for Entrepreneurship and a design that models the business world. This enhanced learning environment will also offer a laboratory with up-to-the-minute information about stocks being traded and other business news.

Brick will replace the exterior's limestone, which will be repurposed as an accent on the new hall and used at other places on campus. Like other Trine University buildings, Ford will be capped with a green metal roof to complement the other campus structures.

In Fort Wayne, work is complete at Trine's School of Health Sciences, 1819 Carew St., home of Trine's new physical therapy program on Parkview's Randalia campus.

At this new location, Trine has laboratories, classrooms and offices to support the physical therapy program, which launches this fall with classes expected to be at capacity. For more information on Trine's physical therapy program, visit Trine has also announced its plans to offer its second degree in health sciences with the addition of a physician's assistant program.

Construction and significant growth has been nearly constant at Trine for the past two years. In early May, Trine dedicated the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts and in October the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering was dedicated.