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Admissions Office Moving to Smith Hall in Fall 2010

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 2, 2009

The Admissions Office will be moving from Grant House to Smith Hall next fall as part of a plan to locate the new business school on Garrison Avenue, the administration announced this week. 

Student and academic services such as the Center for International Education, the Honors Program, and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research also would relocate to the 24,000-square-foot Smith Hall. Hood House, where those departments are now located, would become available for the integration of several additional student service offices to provide more coordinated and efficient support for students, although additional office moves are still under discussion and no final decision has been made.

Smith Hall, the university’s first dormitory, has been home to international students since 1983. Presently, various buildings around campus are being considered for a new location for the international student community. Housing and Residential Life are planning to work with Smith Hall residents and others to find an appropriate location to continue the program and to accommodate anticipated future growth in international student enrollment.  A new location for students is expected to be identified by February 2010.

Locating student services in Hood House and Smith Hall is part of a goal articulated in the 2004 Campus Master Plan to integrate these services and to provide adequate space for them, according to Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services, who said that the long-term vision behind this decision was based on wanting to create a better university experience for students.

“As disruptive as change may be in the short term, it is critical to the academic mission of the University and its future growth,” said Rubinstein. “That said, the university also is committed to providing a residential program that emphasizes its international community. Our long-term vision for growth in the number of international students educated at UNH and our interest in providing U.S.-born students with exposure to broader, more global perspectives effectively means we need to consider a larger space than Smith Hall in the future.”

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