HAYS, Kansas – Fort Hays State University has been growing so rapidly over the past ten years, that they have been having trouble housing all of their incoming students.
A massive campus expansion is making it easier to fit them all in.
It’s a major turnaround at Fort Hays State University this year, unveiling new housing just three years after the school had to house freshman in the Motel 6 due to lack of housing.
“It was interesting just seeing how many people they had to put in all the other buildings and so now with these two buildings we have a lot more space,” said Hailee Schlachter, an incoming Junior and Resident Adviser.
Heather Hall is one of the two new dorms built in the last two years and this fall the university will be breaking ground on three new residents halls, bringing the total of new dorms up to five in the past four years.
One of the new dorms is what’s called a “themed house,” fraternities and sororities can buy into the housing, to have their own building on campus, instead of staying in off-campus housing, with no university control.
“I think the university really wants them just to be safe and to be comfortable here on campus, it also brings them a little bit closer to campus which could help them with recruitment, meeting new people and those types of things,” said Becky Peterson, FHSU Director of Residential Life.
The university hoping that improving the access to safe and modern housing will continue to growing the Fort Hays State community.
“I am so excited, they look completely awesome, and it’s just going to be a great experience to live with three other people and finally have a suite,” said Schlachter.
The university is hoping that the new buildings will help bring in bigger enrollment for incoming students.