LSU expanding housing to keep up with demand
BATON ROUGE - LSU Residential life says there's a high demand for student housing on campus, so the school will continue to add new dorms.
The university turned away 1,000 students three years ago and 500 the year after. LSU Residential Life Executive Director Steve Waller says the numbers don't lie when looking at how freshman living on campus do better in school.
"They're more engaged, they have a higher GPA, they have a higher retention rate from first year to second year and they have a higher graduation rate," he said. "So it's important to get as many freshman living on campus. We've kind of chosen an 85 percent target."
Right now LSU is at 65 percent for freshman living on campus. LSU feels it can reach its goal if the school can provide quality housing to compete with off-campus options.
"Our buildings offer academic space and support. We've been successful marketing that to students and parents for that first year experience that's important to get a student started for a successful four, five or even six year college career," said Waller.
Residential life plans to open a new dorm, Cypress Hall, this fall adding 330 beds. Construction on Spruce Hall this semester will bring in another 421 beds. LSU tries to market the on-campus lifestyle to reel in incoming students to want to live under an iconic red-tiled roof.
"Living on campus was just a phenomenal experience. I met so many new people," said LSU sophomore Connor Dizor. "Coming from Baton Rouge I already knew a lot of people, but this gave me the chance to met a whole bunch of new people at college."
LSU says it will continue to build new dorms while updating older ones to expand on the 5,853 total beds on campus.