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New Building Will Increase Academic Space at Duquesne

Duquesne University has signed an agreement with Robert Morris University to purchase 600 Fifth Avenue, adding more general classroom space and an additional 1,100 seats of capacity. The University has experienced record-breaking demand and enrollment over the last five years.

“This important acquisition will enhance the current academic setting and strongly positions the institution to respond to future academic needs,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “Our reputation for academic excellence—as well as recent expansions in residential and recreational facilities—has laid the groundwork for this historic addition.”

The purchase of the building represents the first significant addition of academic space since the construction of the Bayer Learning Center and acquisition of Fisher Hall in 1995.

Duquesne Provost Ralph Pearson will work with the University’s deans to develop a specific plan for the new space.

Duquesne’s graduate programs in particular are in tremendous demand, and enhancing graduate education is a focus of the University’s strategic plan. Since 2005, graduate applications have increased 104 percent, while graduate enrollment has increased 13 percent, with the greatest growth in health sciences, pharmacy and nursing. Over the last five years, total enrollment has increased 8 percent. Additionally, this year’s freshman class is among the five largest in Duquesne’s history. Schools with the greatest increases in freshman enrollment are music, nursing and pharmacy.

“While our students select us for the academic quality, rigor and diversity of our programs, they report that our strategic location within the city also plays a critical role for classroom and experiential learning,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “The location of this property provides a natural expansion of our footprint.”

The eight-story building, located in close proximity to campus, is more than 100,000 gross- square-feet in size and houses 40 classrooms, 60 offices and an entire floor of open space. Duquesne currently has approximately 87 general classrooms, excluding labs, multipurpose instructional rooms and music facilities.

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