Campus Master Plan

The 2016 Oakland University Campus Master Plan is a bold, long-term vision designed to support the aspirations of OU’s strategic vision. The plan addresses current and future space needs based on an 11 percent enrollment increase projected by the year 2025 to reach a total student headcount of 23,000 and staff headcount of 2,800. This growth results in a projected need of over 1.2 million new assignable square feet of space that reinforces and extends the existing campus structure in a compact, connected and organized manner.

The first objective of the plan is to immediately meet institutional needs with clearly identified project locations. Second, it identifies near-term building and open space opportunities that will enhance existing campus strengths. Third, it creates a flexible framework for long-term potential growth.

The implementation of the plan will be achieved through a combination of renovation, re-purposing and new construction and will provide:

  • Additional teaching facilities that strengthen the campus core alleviating the need to grow academic facilities outside the five minute walking circle
  • Growth of the University’s research enterprise connecting OU’s Science and Engineering Departments to the automotive and healthcare private sector industries for which Detroit and Auburn Hills is known
  • Continued growth of a more residential campus by adding more than 2,000 new beds and student life functions on the south area of campus
  • Increased community engagement through the development of a new mixed-use and cultural district on the east side of campus adjacent to the historical Meadow Brook Estate

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