When Sacramento State welcomes students back to the campus for the fall 2019 semester on Monday, they will be greeted by the new $91 million, state-of-the-art Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex.
Meanwhile, the university announced a record number of students have enrolled in classes, about 31,500. The campus will also see the largest first-year class in school history, about 4,300 students.
That marks a 1 percent jump in enrollment over fall 2018, and a 14 percent increase in the number of first-year students, according to the university. The campus will see a 10 percent increase in transfer students.
Sacramento State also said it received a record 44,733 applications for fall admission.
The 96,631-square foot science complex encompasses a planetarium, observatory, glass-walled labs and views of the campus and beyond. It is home to the chemistry and biology departments.
Ernest E. Tschannen, a mechanical engineer who became wealthy after investing in real estate, gave a $9 million donation to the university to help finance the complex. Another $70.5 million came through the California State University system.
Los Angeles-based CO Architects designed the building.