WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The University of New Haven is going through an enrollment boom. The school has invested millions in new buildings and programs.
News 8 asked students why they picked the University of New Haven.
"The CJ program is really big here. It's well talked about and I know they have really good internships," said Laura Xiquin, a sophomore.
"The professors were really great and I got a lot of scholarship money here as well," said Nichalos Graham, a sophomore.
The University reports since 2004, campus visits are up 176% with 17,000 each year.
Enrollment soared 52% at more than 6,000 attending class.
President Steven Kaplan attributes it to one thing.
"Stategy," said Kaplan.
With growth as the goal.
"I think our reputation was fading because the facilities, the infrastructure was starting to fail. So investing and revitalizing them helped improve our image," said Kaplan.
So far investments total about $120 million.
It bought the old Hubbell headquarters in Orange. It will be a graduate business school that will open in January.
On campus, a dirt pile will be a new 370 bed residence hall.
Plus, it scooped up another building near campus for academics and they partnered with New Haven public schools for an $80 million Magnet School on their campus opening next year.
And, they brought back the football program.
"Students were complaining that there was nothing to do on weekends and so I made that a priority," said Kaplan.
When asked with all of this expansion what is he doing to invest in campus security, Kaplan said, "the best thing we did, getting back to West Haven, a gentleman named Ron Quagliani walked into my office."
He heads security with 15 full-time officers. He says they plan to hire more.
"We do it because we want to make sure in everything we do here that we go further than we need to," said Kaplan.
Kaplan wants to break ground on a new science facility and expand their abroad program. No timeline as to when they might happen.
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