Growth on the Campus of Arkansas State University

May 5, 2006 -- Posted at 9:58 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- Over the past few years,Arkansas State University has grown considerably.  One visible symbol of that growth is the new construction popping up all over campus.

“It’s an exciting time to be here.  Most college campuses can only dream of the growth we’re having,” said Patrick Dixon, Director of Residence Life at ASU.

Currently under construction are five new residential buildings that will house 836 students.

It's only been a short time since construction began, and the new residence halls are going up pretty fast.


“We have those coming in-line August 19th, 2006, which is just in time for students returning for the fall semester,” said Dixon.


Dixon said many factors go into making the decision to build new residence halls.

“We discovered, in talking to our students, that they want to have private bedrooms.  What you’ll find in each of these units, each student will have his or her own bedroom,” said Dixon.


In addition, students will no longer have to share communal bathrooms.  The Twin Towers Residence Hall has communal bathrooms, and that’s one reason that building will be destroyed in the near future.

The number of students attending ASU is increasing every year.  

“What you’ll see in the next few years, is that you’ll see students coming to campus with a passion for being here at Arkansas State University because of the facilities we offer, as well as the people,” said Dixon.


There are many exciting things happening on campus, including something new at graduation on Saturday:  two ceremonies.