First Day of School 2012

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University of DC Students Return to a Renovated Van Ness Campus

It was back to school today for thousands of students of the University of the District of Columbia.  Students at the Flagship University at Van Ness returned to find a fully renovated interior courtyard with a sustainable waterfall and energy efficient lighting and construction underway on a brand new, state of the art, $40 Million student center.  When the new student center, located at the northwest corner of Connecticut Ave. and Van Ness St., NW is completed in 2013, it will be the first LEED Platinum student center in the country and a signature statement on the University of DC's commitment to 'green' construction.  Plans are still moving forward to construct on-campus housing in 2013.

While final enrollment numbers won't be known until the add/drop period is over in at least three weeks, admissions officials were confident enrollment is far above previous years.  Enrollment at the University of DC's Community College as well as the David A. Clarke School of Law was also expected to be up significantly.

"We are continuing to rebuild this great public university," said President Allen L. Sessoms.  "Our community is realizing the value of having a quality public university system, and our students are benefitting from the highest quality and most affordable education possible."




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