New dorms aim to increase enrollment

The Clearview Circle dorms are scheduled to be ready by next fall.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University is spending millions on different projects across campus.  $60 million worth of projects are either going on right now or have been recently completed.

One of these projects is new housing for freshmen.  The new freshman housing, Clearview Circle, will add 540 new beds to campus.  John Lester, Assistant Vice President for University, said the new dorms should help draw more students to campus daily.

“I think it’s going to change the culture of campus.  It will put more students directly involved in everything we are doing on a daily basis and keep them connected with each other and with campus in a way that maybe we haven’t seen before,” Lester said.

He said housing costs will not increase with the newer dorms because of a partnership they have with a private developer.

“It’s a really unique arrangement with the university system where there’s a private developer that comes on campus and part of that agreement is that we will keep the prices at a current level,” Lester explained.

Lester hopes the new dorms will allow them to have the room to accept more students to CSU.  Clearview Circle is scheduled to be ready for the fall 2016 semester.  The project costs around $25 million.

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