The Texas A&M System and Prairie View A&M University broke ground on student housing that will address a growing need for housing because of recent enrollment increases. 

Phase IX of campus housing, which will open by Fall 2020, will add 164 units with 520 beds, bringing Prairie View close to its goal of providing 5,000 beds on campus.

Chancellor John Sharp noted that enrollment has been increasing with the arrival of Dr. Ruth Simmons, a nationally known academic leader and former president and administrator at several Ivy League schools. The 2018 fall enrollment was 9,516 – up from 8,762 in 2016.

“What a great problem to have,” said Chancellor Sharp of Dr. Simmons’ appeal to young people.

He also noted the Board of Regents’ commitment to Prairie View University:

·       Since 2010 the Board has increased funding from the Available University Fund by almost 80 percent to foster excellence in the classroom.

·       The Regents also approved $247 million from the Permanent University Fund for construction projects and several Chancellor Research Initiative awards to recruit top faculty.

“I have always said this is the prettiest campus in Texas,” Chancellor Sharp said. “And now there is a real momentum building here.”