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FAMU's new CASS building now in full operation

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 16:16:32-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For current Florida A&M University students, long gone are the days of trekking down the hill to the Foote Hilyer Administration building.

FAMU's new Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) building is in now full operation after the Division of Student Affairs staff moved into the complex located at 1735 Wahnish Way.

That means students no longer have to hike to the Foote Hilyer Administration building for the health clinic, financial aid, Registrar, and other services.

“The Center for Access and Student Success is a one-stop shop centralizing student services and provides a student-centered facility leveraging technology for improved business services,” said William E. Hudson Jr., Ph.D., the vice president for Student Affairs.

Offices that have moved to the CASS include: Center for Disability Access and Resources, Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Ignite Transfer Services, Registrar, Student Accounts, Center for Academic Advising and Student Success, Office of Financial Aid, Career and Professional Development Center, Military and Veterans Affairs, University Scholarship Office, University Housing, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, University Ombudsman and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The nearly $40 million, three-story, 73,000-square-foot CASS building was built with funding from the state Legislature.

It is also the home of a 42-foot, 1800-pound sculpted bronze statue that is expected to become a favorite for students taking graduation photos.

Foote Hilyer remains home to some divisions and offices, including Assessment, Audit, Compliance, General Counsel, Equal Opportunity Programs, Research, Institutional Research, Budget, Comptroller, Human Resources, and the Rattler’s Nest eatery.