Indiana University President Michael McRobbie spent this morning touring campus, greeting IU’s returning and incoming students.
“I really enjoy this day every year… of being able to walk around all the halls of residence and meet the students, meet the parents… just get a sense of how it’s all going,” says McRobbie. “And you just pick up on the excitement and the energy of the start of a new academic year.”
This is the first day that all students were allowed to move into their new campus homes… many of them into recently completed buildings along Tenth and Union on the campus’s east side.
McRobbie says the additional dorms were built to bring the schools housing capacity closer to that of other schools in the Big Ten.
“We have not done any work on upgrading or building any new dormitories, new halls of residence probably now for well over thirty years,” said McRobbie. “And with respect to the rest of the Big Ten, with whom we compete, we were about the last to start this whole process going.”
Some final repairs and renovations remain before the new facilities are complete. However, campus officials expect to finish all interior and exterior renovations by late October.