|California State University, Stanislaus will open its 2007-08 academic year on Wednesday, September 5 with the first day of fall semester classes and a brand new science facility.
The finishing touches are being completed on the Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science, a three-story state-of-the art facility featuring 25 science and computer laboratories, 16 science project rooms, four classrooms, 58 faculty and department offices, an observatory, and an animal care complex. The $56 million building project took more than two years to complete, and faculty and staff have been completing the moving-in process during August in preparation for the start of classes in September.
Community tours of the Naraghi Hall of Science will take place in late September.
New facilities like Naraghi Hall will help the University keep pace with its continuing enrollment growth. More than 1,000 freshmen students are expected to enroll for the first time in University history this fall, the fifth consecutive record high for CSU Stanislaus during a stretch when freshman enrollment has increased by more than 60 percent. New transfers are expected bring an additional 1,000 students to campus. Overall, the number of students is expected to increase over the 2006 fall semester to a projected total of more than 8,650. The final student census is in early October as students are still able to enroll in classes until then.
The 670-bed Village residential life complex residential life facility is at near capacity as the University's incoming freshmen classes continue to grow. Seven resident advisors are being trained as student leaders at the complex.
Among the incoming freshmen are 16 recipients of the President’s and Provost’s Scholarships. As top academic achievers at their respective high schools, these students have been awarded the largest individual scholarships bestowed by CSU Stanislaus, with awards ranging from $3,500 to $12,500 per year.