By spring 2017, Stockton University expects to complete the first phase of a major facilities expansion that will create a distinctive entrance on the Galloway Campus. The state-of-the-art facilities will allow Stockton to accommodate more students and better prepare them for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Each year, the University receives about 5,500 freshmen applications and 3,000 transfer applications, and welcomes between 1,150-1,200 freshmen and 1,400 transfer students each year.
The academic quad expansion will include a $28.62 million Unified Science Center2 (USC2) and an $18 million academic building, near the existing Unified Science Center and Campus Center. The new buildings will be supported by funding from the Building Our Future Bond Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by New Jersey voters in 2012. The bond act will provide $21.465 million in funding for the USC2 and the University will pay 25 percent or $7.155 million. The academic building will receive $13.5 million in funding from the bond issue and the University will pay 25 percent or $4.5 million.
The main entrance of the academic quad will face Vera King Farris Drive and will provide a central location for students to study and meet between classes, as well as space for the University community to gather for campus events.
The 58,210 thousand square foot Unified Science Center2 will be an expansion to the existing 64,000-square-foot Unified Science Center. The three-story building will house teaching and research labs for various disciplines in the sciences, a vivarium, a large green house, a multi-purpose room and faculty offices.
The 37,720-square-foot academic building will include space for the Sustainability program, classrooms, faculty offices and collaboration areas with tables and chairs.
Construction for both buildings is expected to begin in Summer 2016 and be completed in Fall 2017 with a scheduled opening in Spring 2018.