Last year Jackson State University saw student enrollment numbers topping 9,000, and with the same expected for this year, JSU has had to make some added adjustments.
JSU Executive Director of University Communications, Eric Stringfellow says, "This year we're using something we're going to now call JSU at the Palisades. For us, it just gives us another housing option to our students. We're excited about it."
The university is leasing-to-own the 444 bed, Palisades apartments for $1.9 million and giving first priority to incoming Freshmen. Despite the housing shortage, Stringfellow says it's a good problem to have because, "Our enrollment is growing. that means people are embracing all the opportunities here and the jackson state experience. so what we have to do is make sure we can accommodate all those people and that's what we're doing."
Jackson State is also making efforts to stay ahead of its enrollment growth. Stringfellow says, "The college board, at the same time it approved plans this lease, approved plans for us to invest $47.2 million dollars into a new residential facility, which will be about 628 beds, that will also include a new dining hall and a conference center for 650 people."