Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti is buying a 50-year-old Roman Catholic chapel on the edge of campus and will use it as the new home of the school's Honors College.
The university says it will pay $940,000 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing to acquire the Holy Trinity Chapel, situated on the edge of the Eastern Michigan campus.
The Honors College, now housed in Starkweather Hall on the south side of campus, has nearly doubled in size since 2011, enrolling a total of 1,400 students this past year.
“The growth of The Honors College and the purchase of this ideal facility underscore Eastern’s unwavering commitment to offering our students excellent academic opportunities that excite them intellectually and prepare them for high-demand careers,” says University President Susan Martin. “Our recent enrollment growth shows that students are recognizing such improvements and the appeal of an Eastern education.”
The chapel is across the street from the eastern end of the main university campus. It consists of a large central room along with offices and classrooms. The building was constructed in 1965, and an addition was built in 2005. It has about 21,000 square feet of space.