PU leaders hope 1,200 new beds can help student success

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Residence hall options are continuing to expand for Purdue students. University leaders said it’s all part of an effort to improve student success.

Third Street Suites is one of the newest residence halls on campus. It has a total of 304 beds.

There’s also the recently approved Honors College residence hall. That hall will bring 870 more beds to campus. There’s also 40,000 square feet of academic space designed to encourage academic success.

President Mitch Daniels said it is a university goal to make more options available for on-campus living.

“Here, and at other campuses, students that live on campus tend to do better. They tend to have higher grades, they tend to progress more quickly through school and to graduate at higher levels,” said Daniels.

Daniels said university leaders want to make living on-campus more affordable. He said reducing the cost of meal plans two years in a row has helped.

Daniels said he hopes the university can compete with several new apartment complexes that have been approved in and near the village area of West Lafayette.

The Honors College residence hall is scheduled to open no later than the fall of 2017. Students are already moved in at Third Street Suites.

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