Ten years ago this week, Baylor broke ground on what would become the North Village Residential Community, the first new residential community at Baylor in nearly 40 years.
Three years later, the university unveiled Brooks Village (which includes both Brooks Residential College and Brooks Flats). This fall, another new residential community, East Village, will open to students at the intersection of Bagby and 3rd Street (about a block from the Baylor Sciences Building and McLane Student Life Center).
With 700 new beds available this fall in East Village, Baylor will begin a decade-long process of renovating eight residence halls: Martin, Penland, Collins, North and South Russell, Alexander, Allen-Dawson, and Memorial. South Russell will be the first to be refurbished, closing for the 2013-14 school year to be updated with new furniture and fixtures as well as new study, social and spiritual spaces, including a classroom, fitness area, game room and lounge, and a faculty-in-residence apartment.
Even with South Russell out of commission, approximately 5,000 Baylor students will live on campus this fall — almost 40% of the undergraduate student body, and up from about 3,500 campus residents when shovels hit the dirt along University Parks 10 years ago.
The time spent living on a university campus is a unique stage of life; so glad that more Baylor students are getting to experience it (and for a larger percentage of their time in college).
Sic ’em, Baylor campus residents!