University of North Dakota

Campus Evaluation Study: 2015-16

The University of North Dakota wanted a strong, self-sustaining housing system that would be responsive to changing student and institutional needs and expectations. Anderson Strickler worked with an architecture firm to develop a five-to-ten year housing plan, conducting focus groups, an off-campus market analysis, peer institution analysis, student survey, demand analysis, and financial plan.

The three-phased financial plan provided a framework for funding deferred maintenance, capital improvements, expansion of the housing system to meet student preferences and increasing demand for on-campus housing. In general, the plan is composed of three programmatic phases:

  1. Short Term (1-5 years): Focusing on the freshman/sophomore experience and shoring up retention by renovating the residence halls and refreshing the apartments to maintain cash flow.
  2. Mid Term (6-10 years): Building new suites to compensate for the decompression of existing halls and renovating the apartments that will be retained.
  3. Long Term (> 10 years): Demolishing costly and obsolete apartments and developing new semi-suites as needed to meet rising demand.

As a result of Anderson Strickler’s market research and recommendations, the University has implemented a 20% room rate increase for most of the residence halls and a 10% rate increase for the majority of apartments, with broad support from the President and the students.

ClientUniversity of North Dakota


It’s very important for our students to feel they are getting objective, expert advice, and Anderson Strickler provided that. They helped our students and administration visualize the plan for the future. The master plan sits on my desk, not on a shelf. Our students have noticed the change in the environment, level of comfort, aesthetic appeal, and responsiveness to contemporary needs, and we’ve had significant support for the rate increases we needed. –Executive Director of Housing and Dining