Kennesaw State to build new dorm as student body grows

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University is going to build a $37 million residence hall that will open in the fall of 2022 as the university prepares to accommodate its growing student population.

According to news outlets, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the new building on Tuesday.

“Multiple studies have indicated that students who live on campus tend to become more involved at their school and express greater satisfaction with their undergraduate experience, which translates to increased student success," KSU President Pamela Whitten said in news reports.

The new dorm will have about 500 units and a mix of single- and double-occupancy rooms.

The university has campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. The new dorm would go on the Kennesaw campus. The university is the third-largest in the state, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It has about 37,000 students, and it's growing. The 2019 freshman class had about 6,500 students, according to the newspaper, which is about a 30 % increase over the previous year.

According to the newspaper, a recent study said that the university needs about 1,400 more beds on its Kennesaw campus.

A university spokesman, Tammy DeMel, told the Marietta Daily Journal that right now there are about 3,500 beds spread out in four residence halls.

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