Menlo College Receives Final Approval for New Residence Hall

(Atherton, CA: June 30, 2020) Earlier this month, Menlo College received unanimous, final approval from the Atherton Town Council to move forward with the construction of a new residence hall on its campus. 

While a new residence hall is an expensive undertaking, the College is fortunate to have received donations for 100% of the project cost. One of the donors is also a long-time sponsor of several student scholarships, including one to support full tuition costs at Menlo College for a student of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA. The generosity of the donors reflects their commitment to the mission of the College. 

The increase in on-campus housing will help meet existing needs, giving many more students at Menlo College the chance for the intimate, high-intensity experience that best supports academic success. More than 300 of Menlo’s current student population now live off-campus, and the need for secure, flexible space became especially apparent this academic year as enrollment reached record breaking numbers. Menlo College President Steven Weiner made the case that the new dorms will help meet the economic needs of students: “By forcing over 300 students to find housing in Silicon Valley, we are adding to the challenge they have of getting to the commencement stage after four years. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for those students to come to campus, to enjoy the opportunities that a Menlo education offers, which for most of them means doors that will open after graduation, right here in Silicon Valley.” 

The new building will accommodate 288 students in double-occupancy rooms spread over three floors, with access on each floor to shared kitchens, lounges, and spaces dedicated for quiet study, e-gaming and other recreation. The College expects to break ground this coming fall.