Creating a Community of Scholars at Florida State University

Alumni Village: Existing Map
Alumni Village: Existing Map
Alumni Village: Existing Buildings
Alumni Village: Existing Buildings
Map of Current Graduate Student Locations
Map of Current Graduate Student Locations
Alumni Village Workshop
Alumni Village Workshop
Perspective Model for Plan 2 Proposal
Perspective Model for Plan 2 Proposal

Semester: Spring 2012

Lead Faculty: Melissa Saunders, Director, Florida Planning and Design Lab, Florida State University

Project Partners: FSU: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Finance and Administration, and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Student Assistants: Dominick Ard’is, Cheryl Dippre, Adam Jacobs, Stan Reecy, Bessie Reina Morgan Runion, Natalie Suñer, Lauren Stanley, and Shawn Urbach


Summary: Florida State University (FSU) places a premium on attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse graduate student body. In order to remain competitive with other leading research institutions, senior administrators are asking what, beyond excellent academic programs, might attract the best and brightest graduate students. A previously overlooked area used to achieve this goal is university housing. FSU must understand whether there are forms of housing, beyond current provisions, that prospective students might find attractive. In an effort to deal with the complex issue of housing, FSU’s Graduate School, Department of Housing, College of Social Science & Public Policy, and Finance & Administration engaged the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Studio to examine possibilities of how to house future students. This report presents those findings offering recommendations on how to design housing that will create a sustainable, vibrant, and supportive environment that fosters a "community of scholars" for graduate students to integrate with FSU. The recommendations seek to provide housing as a support system that better integrates the components of student life, thereby adding to the attractiveness of FSU as a major research institution.


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