Hundreds more students will soon be able to live just steps away from campus. But what’s perhaps most unique about a new 552-bed housing development being erected on 1780 E. South Campus Drive is that proceeds from housing fees will be used to fund thousands of scholarships in the coming years.
The development will span 5.6 acres and is a partnership with the Clark and Christine Ivory Trust and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Ivory University House project, which broke ground in early 2022, will include four multistory buildings on property owned by the church at the intersection of Mario Capecchi and South Campus Drive and replace the current church meeting-house at that location.
The proposed single-occupant studio units will support upper-class students—juniors, seniors, and graduate students—as they approach the completion of their degrees. “The vision for the Ivory University House is to provide students with a focused learning community where they will feel welcomed, engaged, supported, and secure as they work diligently toward their educational and career goals,” says Clark D. Ivory, CEO of Ivory Homes.
With this new development, the U will gain additional beds for students while the costs of the construction will be covered by the Ivory Foundation. Public funds will not be used, nor will the U need to bond for the project or seek additional private donors.
Future residents will have the choice of floor plans and unit sizes to suit their needs. Each studio unit will have its own entry, private bathroom, and combined living area with either a kitchen or kitchenette, depending on the floor plan selected.
The U saw a 19 percent increase in housing applications for the 2021-22 academic year. This breaks all previous records, and after watching housing trends across the state, U leadership expects the trend will continue at the U for years to come.