The university has 66 buildings located on approximately 258 acres in the East Stroudsburg Borough and in Smithfield Township. Forty-six acres of the property in Smithfield Township are leased to University Properties Inc. which has constructed 541 beds of student housing in six buildings on 43 acres, and to the Visiting Nurses Association which constructed a six-bed Hospice House on three acres.
The 66 buildings in East Stroudsburg Borough include academic facilities, a 1,000-seat dining hall, a student center, a fitness center, a recreation center, and eight residence halls (housing 2,400 students).
The eight residence halls include the addition of two new UPI residence halls, Hemlock Suites (157,000 sq. ft.) and Hawthorn Suites (173,000 sq. ft.). These new residence halls provide 969 beds and offer one full bath to every two students. They also provide the students with 5 suite style options to choose from. The new residence halls are heated and air conditioned using geothermal technology and have Wi-Fi available to students.
The Student Activity Association, Inc., owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus student recreation area near Marshalls Creek, that includes a lodge and a small lake.
The Campus and Academic Buildings
The newest addition to campus academic buildings is the newly renovated, 29,400-squarefoot Monroe Hall that opened in August 2012. The building contains 2 computer laboratories, 4 classrooms, a 68-seat stepped auditorium, and offices. This building will house the Speech-Language Pathology and Communication Studies departments.
The 130,600-square foot Hoeffner Science and Technology Center opened in August 2008. Along with an observatory, it houses 17 teaching laboratories, nine research laboratories, a multi-use 200-seat auditorium, classrooms and offices. It is also home to the Schisler Museum of Wildlife & Natural History and McMunn Planetarium, which offer programs and events to thousands of visitors each year.
The primary academic building is Stroud Hall. This four-story classroom building contains lecture halls, computer and language laboratories, instructional spaces and offices. Beers Lecture Hall seats 140 students and serves as a distance learning facility.
The Fine and Performing Arts Center consists of two theaters, a gallery, concert hall, rehearsal areas, art studios, and classrooms. The Koehler Fieldhouse and Natatorium serves as the primary physical education and intercollegiate athletics facility. The University Center includes a food court, commuter lounge, convenience store, computer lab/lounge and the University Store.
Other major classroom buildings are:
- Moore Biology building, which contains a large group lecture hall, a greenhouse and wildlife museum;
- Gessner Science Hall, which contains laboratories for physics and exercise science (in the near future);
- DeNike Center for Human Services, which houses classrooms and has laboratory areas for the departments of health, nursing, and recreation and leisure services management;
- LaRue Hall, which houses laboratories for speech pathology and audiology;
- Rosenkrans Hall, which houses offices as well as media communication and technology classrooms and labs;
- Center for Hospitality Management, including hotel, restaurant and tourism management classrooms, the Keystone Room, and P&J's restaurant.
Computing and Communication Services
The university Computing and Communications Center supports both administrative and academic computing. Administrative computing is served by a UNISYS mainframe, encompassing more than 30 online systems and providing services to the students, faculty and staff.
The academic computing network consists of 21 UNIX or Windows based servers that are connected to approximately 1,800 PCs provided to support instruction, Internet access, campus network access, and e-mail. They are located in 23 computer laboratories across campus. There is an open access computer lab in each residence hall.
Additionally, many academic departments maintain discipline-specific computer laboratories for their curricula. Wireless computing zones are located throughout the residence halls, University Center, library, and the outdoor campus quadrangle. Students can connect to the Internet in these areas using a standard wireless laptop. In addition, faculty and students use wireless laptop technology for conducting specialized labs in a variety of courses. Helpful computing information can be found at www.esu.edu/ac.
Additionally, the Office of Computing and Communication Services support faculty, administration, students, and affiliated businesses with services such as local and long distance telephone, voice mail, cable TV, and Internet. Requests for equipment such as cell phones, two-way radios, paging and other wireless solutions are provided through this office.
The McGarry Communication Center is the campus base for the Instructional Resources Department, including the audiovisual, graphics, and television services units. The Communication Center houses two television studios and is the distribution center of campus cable television as well as the community-wide ESU television telecasts. WESS 90.3 FM radio is also located in the center.
Kemp Library provides students with opportunities to acquire, process and apply information in pursuit of their academic and career goals. Library faculty and staff offer a wide variety of traditional and innovative services. While the library continues building and sharing its print collections, it also provides digital e-books and electronic course reserves. The library licenses a wide variety of full-text databases, most of which are accessible both on- and off-campus. Kemp Library also provides interlibrary loan and document delivery services to supplement its holdings.
Kemp Library is also a repository of federal and state (Pennsylvania) documents and includes an Instructional Materials/Educational Resources collection of textbooks, courses of study, children's and young adult literature and other materials in support of our teacher education programs. Assistive technology is available in the library to make its resources fully accessible to differently abled students.
As Kemp Library takes full advantage of new products, new formats for information, and new delivery systems, its instructional role has never been more pronounced. The most effective approach to a research project changes from year to year, or even semester to semester. To keep current, students and faculty are invited to take full advantage of the library's reference services, and participate in group instruction offered by its public services librarians.
Faculty and Staff
The university faculty totals 326, while another 436 employees make up the management and non-instructional staff. Faculty members are representative of many and varied institutions of higher education in both the United States and abroad. The terminal degree is held by 77 percent of the instructional faculty.