BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Campus-wide improvements and development plans outlined by Southern University and A&M College aim to grow student enrollment in the next decade.

The university’s strategic plan was approved by the SUS Board of Supervisors in 2019. The plan outlines goals to increase student enrollment to 20,000 and make significant infrastructure improvements while supporting the surrounding community.

Master plan projects received guidance from SU chancellors, deans, directors, faculty, and staff during the summer of 2021, according to the university. Projects include facility expansion, renovations, repairs, and construction, along with improvements to sidewalks, streets, and landscaping.

Some campus improvements expected:

New Student Union

According to the master plan, the university’s new Student Union facility will include ballrooms, event/meeting spaces, a University Bookstore, Student Services offices, retail/dining spaces, and gathering spaces connecting to Lake Kernan.

The upper floors will include apartments for students.

Student Housing

Plans include adding 3,000 on-campus beds to accommodate growing student enrollment in the next 10 to 15 years.

Student housing projected need:

  • On-campus students require 10,000 beds on- and off-campus combined
  • Currently have 1,000 beds on campus
  • Plan for a future additional 750 beds on campus
  • Plan for a future additional 1000 beds off campus
  • Remaining 5,000 beds provided in existing and new housing surrounding the campus

Infrastructure Improvements

Plans outline pedestrian prioritized streets, including raised crosswalks and pedestrian features like sidewalks and street trees.

Two new parking garages will be built, according to the university’s master plan, with 600 spaces in the Law School garage and 2,000 spaces in the Athletic Center garage. Both garages will have charging technology for electric vehicles.

The university will be adding biking paths and markings such as buffered bike lanes, shared-use paths, and bicycle symbols in the roadway.

Estimated costs for campus improvement total $768M. The full master plan can be found by clicking here.