Yeh College (formerly New College East) and New College West Opening in Fall 2022

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Last updated on May 12, 2022. Announcing Yeh College, Princeton's Seventh Residential College.


 

Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2022

North facade of New College West and New College East. Conceptual design rendering. Deborah Berke Partners

Conceptual design rendering. Deborah Berke Partners

Overview

 

Yeh College and NCW location, south of Poe Field

New College East (NCE) and New College West (NCW), located south of Poe Field, will open its doors to undergraduate students in fall 2022. The new colleges will integrate into a vibrant community-building residential college environment that will provide students with a home to support their educational needs.

Asif Ghazanfar, professor of psychology and neuroscience, has been named head of NCE. Alexis Andres, currently the dean of Whitman College, has been named NCE’s inaugural dean. (Read the announcement

AnneMarie Luijendijk, current head of First College, will become head of NCW.  Students and staff currently affiliated with First College will populate NCW.  The buildings of First College (formerly Wilson College) will be razed to clear space for Hobson College, which is expected to open in 2026.

As the next generation of residential colleges, NCE and NCW will accommodate and support an increasingly diverse undergraduate population. Their construction will advance one of Princeton's highest strategic priorities — expanding the undergraduate population by around 10 percent. 

While unique in their own ways, the new colleges will still provide opportunities and resources provided at the other six colleges, such as resident graduate students, a faculty-in-residence, dining halls with private dining rooms, communal kitchens, and college office suites to maximize formal and informal interactions with students. Similar to the other colleges, each new college will also include curricular and co-curricular program spaces that will vary in scale from small music practice rooms and seminar rooms to larger common rooms.

Building Features and Spaces

 

Each college is comprised of four “tower” buildings, six to seven stories high, with connections between towers at the lower levels. Public and community spaces are located on the ground floors, with residential floors above. Each college will have a Common Room, a College Office Suite, a Dining Hall, a Private Dining Room, a Music Practice Room, Seminar Rooms, Kitchens and outdoor courtyards for seating or socializing.

There are also a number of unique spaces throughout the complex, intended for shared use. In NCW, there is a ceramics studio, replacing the studio in First College, a café adjacent to the common room, a demonstration kitchen next to the dining hall, and a study lounge adjacent to seminar rooms.

In NCE, unique spaces include an outdoor performance space, a flexible teaching or performance space, a dance rehearsal studio, and a communal kitchen with an adjacent student lounge.

On the residential floors, a number of lounges and study nooks are interspersed with student rooms, and there are four kitchens for student use located in each college. There are two laundry rooms in each college.

Dorm Rooms

 

Dorm rooms include a mix of different unit types, including singles, doubles, quads and four room suites. Each room has at least one large operable window providing fresh air and views across campus, either North across Poe Field, East toward Neuro/Psychology and the Soccer Practice Field, South to the woodlands between South Drive and Faculty Road, or East to the woodlands bordering Elm Drive.

Each room will be heated and cooled by an overhead valance unit. Multiple wall power receptacles are provided to eliminate the need for extension cords.

Dining

 

Each college has its own dining hall, seating up to 250 persons, adjacent to a shared servery. The servery contains multiple food “platforms” including an East Asian station, a grille, a “hearth” area with comfort foods, and a salad and sandwich station. 

The two dining halls are separated by a fully enclosed courtyard, which can be used by both colleges in nice weather for seating. In addition, each dining hall opens to a courtyard between dorm towers. NCW opens to a natural, woodland landscape. NCE opens to a more formal landscape with a “bosquet” arrangement of planted trees.


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