NEIT opens first residence hall, announces new student center

EAST GREENWICH – The New England Institute of Technology has opened the first residence hall on its 225-acre East Greenwich campus and announced a new student center via an Oct. 5 release.

In a statement, President Richard I. Gouse said the news was a “historic moment” for the private, nonprofit technical university.

“This expansion project offers us the opportunity to attract individuals to our university from across the country and internationally as we continue to fulfill our mission of providing students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to compete in today’s global economy,” he added.

A 400-bed, 123,000-square-foot, four-story dormitory, the facility offers single and double occupancy rooms. The dorm is divided into 13 living “pods,” with 30 students housed in each pod with access to a communal lounge and study spaces. Communal lounges are outfitted with a kitchen area, game room, TVs, courtyard garden and laundry.

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A 42,000-square-foot building, the new student center will serve as “social hub” for the NEIT community. A wide variety of dining options are available for students therein and a colorful lounge provides a space for commuters to stay on campus. The center’s second floor is home to an 8,000-square-foot fitness center.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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