MUNCIE - Ball State University says it is ready to open the doors of a newly-renovated $40 million residence hall when classes resume next week. Schmidt/Wilson Residence Hall will house more than 500 students primarily in the theater, dance and design programs.

The eight-story building features several amenities catering to students in those programs, including a black box theater for staged performances, movie screening and performance lounge, dance studio and design studio with drafting and lighting tables.

The hall also includes lounge spaces, a computer lab, laundry room and semi-private bathrooms. Chris Wilkey with Ball State's Housing and Residence Life says in also features build-in USB ports in the wall, in hopes of being responsive to student technological needs.

In all, about 6,500 students are expected to live in Ball State's nine residence halls during the 2017-2018 academic year. Wilkey says on-campus housing is "extremely close to full capacity."