MARIETTA Marietta College continues to look at areas of growth and how to better serve its students.
College spokesman Tom Perry said several planned facility projects would help the private college serve more students by giving them more of an on-campus presence.
The college will begin work on its new residence hall in March with a planned opening in 2012. Perry said the new building will help the college not only provide first-rate living quarters for students, but also allow it to bring more students to the school.
An artist’s rendering shows the design for Marietta College’s new dormitory which is expected to open in 2012.
Perry said in recent years the college has had to turn down some applicants simply because there wasn't room for them.
"Once we get the new hall open, that is a potential growth of about 100 in student enrollment," he said.
Perry said the goal is to have a student enrollment of about 1,800, of which about 200 would be graduate students. Right now the college serves about 1,400 students total.
The college also is working on renovations to Don Drum stadium, which has become a bit of a focal point for the college. The stadium is often the first area seen by people as they enter Marietta on the Williamstown Bridge.
"That part of the campus has just developed over the last five to six years," Perry said. "We've built this huge hub of excitement, and there is always something going on."
The project is expected to cost about $3.5 million.
In the meantime the college will continue to expand popular programs as well as tweak existing classes to make sure the college provides a quality education for all who attend.
"It's not just about attracting new students, but also retaining existing students," Perry said. "That is something we will always be working toward."