Several desktop computers are available in a smaller room, and they're equipped with software needed to perform homework for engineering or similar classes.
Students will be able to check out laptops they can use in both the center and library, King said. Wireless internet service will be available in the center. The lack of such service has been a problem in most of Tech's academic buildings.
Another large room with a digital projector can be reserved for group projects. Smaller rooms are intended for quiet study, especially for the large number of students who commute to campus, King said.
Furniture cost nearly $54,000 and was the most expensive part of the project. Carpeting cost $32,500; construction came in at a little more than $17,500; new paint ran $12,500; and technology network expenses were $5,300.
The center is a part of Tech's revitalization efforts. In the fall of 2011 state legislators reviewed a report chronicling various problems: declining enrollment, crumbling infrastructure and mounting financial deficits.
Tech spent $26.7 million in 2011, compared to the $20.7 million it brought in during that time period. Fall enrollment was 1,106, almost 23 percent smaller than it was in 2007.
Long acknowledged Tech has had trouble recruiting and retaining students.
Many of those problems stemmed from lack of resources aimed at freshmen in particular, she said.
"At Tech, you can't solve problems unless you recognize them, and we recognize that one of our problems is retention. And so we needed to do a better job with our freshman," Long said.
"We had other ways that we were working with freshman, but we didn't have a completely coordinated way. So this not only meets the needs of our freshman, but some of our other students that need places to come and study, want to study with groups, those sort of things," she said.
The official opening of the success center is set for Monday.
It's not the only new feature on campus: the school just completed some exterior and utility improvements at Old Main, the main administration building on campus. All dorms will have wireless capabilities by the start of school next year, Long said.