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Off-campus housing for students in garden-type apartments was opened a short distance from the College in 1993. The Cooperative Education program was also expanded and opened to all students in the baccalaureate programs. The College was awarded membership in NCAA Division III in 1994. In 1995, the College began the first phase of the construction of an academic center, theatre, student union with gymnasium, and science center based on the College's campus master plan of the early '90s.
In 1996, the Maryland State Department of Education granted approval for programs for the preparation of elementary and early childhood teachers. This was the first Maryland Education program that fulfilled the then new state (MSDE) requirements for teacher education. The College received the endorsement of the Maryland Higher Education Commission for a Master of Science degree in Advanced Information Technologies in 1996.
In 1997, the College celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Academic Center, Theatre, and Art Gallery opened in August, and in November, the Student Union (including a gymnasium) opened. MHEC endorsed five new bachelor's degree programs in Biology, Chemistry, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Psychology.
In 1998, more than 1,000 people attended the dedication of the new buildings, including the renovated Science Center. A new bachelor's degree program in Visual Communication Design was also endorsed by MHEC.
In 1999, President Carolyn Manuszak and Dean Rose Dawson retired with a combined 65 years of service to Villa Julie. MHEC approved two new bachelor's degree programs in Early Childhood Leadership and Biotechnology.