The university will evaluate Neihardt Hall for future academic uses.
Many honors students already live in the residential center, as well as in nearby University and Eastside suites. Knoll will provide the opportunity for all first- and second-year students to live in close proximity to one another, helping build a more robust and supportive honors community.
“The honors program is going through a significant curricular and program transformation under the new direction of Patrice McMahon,” says Amy Goodburn, senior associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education. “This new facility builds upon that and makes our program even more competitive with other Big Ten schools.”
Knoll is one of the mostly highly desired living options on campus and increases the capacity for honors residents in a single hall to 550 students. Its offices have recently been renovated and work is underway to have expanded classroom spaces ready for fall 2019.
“Moving the honors program to Knoll has historic significance,” says Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “Dr. Robert Knoll was one of the first faculty to present common lectures within the honors program almost three decades ago.”