EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) – The New England Institute of Technology is expected to open its first residence hall this week.
The residence hall is part of a major expansion at the school, complete with new dining facilities, a fitness center and classroom space.
New England Tech opened its new 200-acre main campus building in East Greenwich in 2011. The new residence hall will have 400 beds and will allow students to live on campus for the first time.
The school believes the new multimillion-dollar investment will broaden its reach nationally and even worldwide.
“We’ll be able to reach more students geographically,” Vice President for Enrollment Lynn Fawthrop said. “That now is nationally and globally possible.”
Fawthrop said students will move in once the residence hall opens on Friday. There’s key-card access for safety, study rooms and washers and dryers that will text students to let them know when a load of wash is complete.
The school is also almost finished with building a game room, and a dining room has already been completed. Fawthrop said all of the improvements will allow New England Tech to broaden its search for students and create a classic university feel in addition to the training and classroom experience already there.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of an institution that’s on the move and growing leaps and bounds,” she said.