Prospective college students say that classroom design was more influential in selecting their school than any other key campus amenity, according to a new study commissioned by Steelcase Education Solutions.
Of 600 respondents, 51 percent indicate that classrooms helped shape their decision to attend their current school, followed by student center and extracurricular facilities (42 percent) and study spaces (38 percent). Dining and athletic facilities were the least important at 24 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
Nearly nine in 10 students (88 percent) believe it is important for their college or university to invest in innovative, modern areas for learning across campus. The survey also showed that one in three students is not engaged in class a considerable amount of the time.
"While these findings may surprise some, students spend most of their time at school in the classroom, so providing flexible and inspiring learning environments is an investment worth making," Mark Walters, director of product management for Steelcase Education Solutions, said in a statement. "Today's students are looking for different spaces that have the flexibility to allow for individual work, as well as lectures and group work. Ultimately, they are looking for spaces that support active learning."