Finances | Facilities
Weakening state support along with declining enrollment and escalating personnel costs have created extraordinary fiscal challenges for ESU. To address this problem, the University has taken extraordinary measures to reduce long-term expenditures and enhance revenue. While the University continues to be challenged to increase enrollment during a time of escalating personnel costs, the State System received in 2015-16 a 5% increase in appropriation, its first increase in state funding since 2007-08, with ESU receiving its share. The following charts and graphs show 2013/14 through 2015/16 expenditures and revenues.
East Stroudsburg University’s Main Campus consist of 68 buildings on approximately 212 acres in the Borough of East Stroudsburg and two adjacent additional complexes on 46 acres in Smithfield Township. The buildings in East Stroudsburg include academic buildings, multiple dining locations, a multi-purpose student center, two recreation centers, a sports stadium, fieldhouse, main library and eight residence halls. The residence halls include traditional halls, apartments and two suite-style halls, Hemlock and Hawthorn, that were constructed in 2012 by University Properties, Inc., a nonprofit affiliate of the university. Hemlock and Hawthorn are modernized-buildings which use geothermal technology for cooling and heating. In addition to student housing, the suites also offer an alternative recreation center with a spin studio, the Residential Life Office and University Police, Parking and Transportation Services.
Also on the Main Campus are Monroe Hall and the Warren E. '55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science & Technology Center (Sci-Tech). Monroe Hall is a recently converted residence hall, with more than thirty thousand square-feet of instructional space including two computer laboratories, four classrooms, a 68-seat auditorium, conference rooms, and faculty offices. This LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building is also heated and cooled using geothermal technology and is home to the University’s Speech and Hearing Center and the speech-language pathology and communication studies departments. The Science & Technology Center opened in 2008 and houses the McMunn Planetarium, a state-of-the-art planetarium and observatory, 17 teaching laboratories, nine research laboratories, a multi-use 200-seat auditorium, classrooms, a café and faculty offices. In 2014, the Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History opened in the Sci-Tech Center. The museum hosts over 130 taxidermy exhibits, a 300 gallon aquarium and a variety of insects from around the globe. This collection of wildlife and biological specimens provides a venue for numerous college-level courses, as well as, educational opportunities for local school districts and families.
Located in Smithfield Township, are the Innovation Center and University Ridge. University Ridge is a multi-building, 541 bed student apartment complex, which is also owned by the University’s student housing affiliate, University Properties Inc, LLC. The Innovation Center, a 51,000-square foot facility, was built in 2010 and accommodates Research and Economic Development, the Business Accelerator Program, Sponsored Projects and Research, Workforce Development, wet lab facilities, and ESU's Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory.
In addition to the property and facilities located on ESU’s Main Campus, the University also has classrooms, labs and meeting rooms at both of its Extended Learning sites in Bethlehem and Philadelphia, PA., and the Student Activity Association, Inc (SAA), a nonprofit affiliated organization of East Stroudsburg University, owns and operates Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus recreation area near Marshalls Creek, PA that includes a lodge, cabins, and a lake.
A Campus Facilities Master Plan was approved by the Council of Trustees in April 2010. The centerpiece of this Master Plan is the Keystone Center (also referred to as the Information Commons), a new five-story building of approximately 269,000 square feet that is slated to be built on the site of the current Center for Hospitality Management, Computing Center, and University Center. This new “Information Commons” will provide space for the library, the student center, computing and communication services, various student service departments, the bookstore, the food court, the student activities office, meeting rooms, and a ballroom. This facility will provide modern, state-of-the-art technology and the University’s goal is for it to achieve at minimum, a LEED Silver certification rating.