Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department
BS in Industrial Engineering
Hundreds of thousands of high school graduates head off to college each fall not knowing the environment they'll be living in for the next four years. The factors that predict success in the academic, social, and personal aspect of these freshmen students' lives revolves around one aspect that is often times overlooked. Freshmen students are subjected to the fast paced lifestyle of college and often times they need to feel “at home”. Their personal space becomes a matter that is important to them in relation to their success in the three aspects of academic success, social integration, and personal health. However, with universities statewide and nationwide being overcrowded with incoming freshmen students in the recent years the aspect of personal space that many college freshmen need is being suppressed and overwhelmed. This project proposes to study the effects of residents living in an overcrowded Living Learning Program hall room. This study aims to examine how residents in a triple living arrangement differ from residents in a double living arrangement. The project also hopes to bring to light the importance of adequate and sufficient space for residents in their college dorm rooms and aims to improving them through facility design.