More than 600 Morgan State University students became the first residents of the school’s new Thurgood Marshall Residence Hall when they moved in last weekend.
The $95 million, 10-story residence hall is able to house 670 students and is equipped with touchless elevators; a lounge, fitness and wellness spaces, and laundry facilities on each floor; study areas; a convenience store; and more.
The school will open a new campus dining hall for students living in the residence hall later this fall, university officials said.
The Morgan State University Board of Regents in 2019 approved the university’s plan to build new on-campus student housing to add 700 to 900 beds.
“Morgan is growing, and with the continued increase of new enrollment coupled with the University’s high retention rate, the need for more student housing on campus has never been greater,” Morgan State University President David Wilson said at the time.
Morgan expects enrollment to exceed 8,500 students for the first time in the school’s history this fall semester.
The new residence hall is the start of a three-phase plan to add more housing to accommodate the school’s growing student population.
In the next phase, the university plans to demolish its Thurgood Marshall Apartments and turn the area into green space.
The final phase will involve the construction of adjoining residential units able to house 604 students. That tower is slated to open in 2024. The building will also include a game room, business incubator, multi-purpose classroom, lounges and breakout rooms, and a reception area, according to university officials.