Plans for a new residence hall on the campus of Hood College have received final approval.
The City of Frederick planning commission voted Monday to move forward on plans for a new 200-bed apartment-style residence hall.
College officials say the new building will be the first step in transforming Hood into a more residential campus, as students will be required to live on-site for three years, as opposed to only two.
“We have found that there’s much research that supports it, that student that live on-campus do better academically, they retain better, and they graduate on time with a higher degree of success,” explained vice president for finance at Hood College, Charles Mann.
The new residence hall will be constructed over the current location of the Marx Center and will house the honors program.
Officials expect to break ground on the building in June.