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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Enrollment is up on college campuses all over Georgia.
Many schools are busy constructing new buildings for all of those incoming students, including at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus.
They opened up two new residence halls on the campus Friday. That's no surprise. The university has grown quite a bit in the last few years and needs the extra rooms.
"We were up by 15% last year, we anticipate being up significantly this year," said Dr. Kendall Blanchard, Georgia Southwestern President.
The new halls are named Magnolia One and Two, and were built at a cost of 12 million dollars. They feature all of the comforts of home, except for the home cooking.
Patrick Jelks, a Resident Assistant said, "I like it. It's a new atmosphere, a new building. I mean, every time you get something new it's good."
The 300 rooms will house upperclassmen and women. They're divided into suites that open into a common bathroom. They have other features such as individual thermostats. And there are other modern amenities too.
Whitney Ford, another Resident Assistant said, "In the freshmen dorms, we have tile. But in this dorm we have carpets that are removable. So if something happens to one, you can pick it up and put another one down."
In the modern residence hall, the comfort of the students is what's important.
"When your comfortable where you live, it makes it easier to concentrate in the classroom," said Dr. Gaye Hayes, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Georgia Southwestern University.
And these are not the only residence halls that they've built here recently. Magnolia Hall is the third new residence hall that's been built on the Georgia Southwestern campus in the last four years. But it's not the only thing that they're going to be building here in the future.
Dr. Blanchard said, "We're starting this year with the design of our new health and human sciences building."
Growth is the buzzword here, as it is on many college campuses.
"We still think we can be at 4500, 5000 students not too many years down the road," said Dr. Blanchard.
But continued growth here will depend on a number of factors, including being able to attract new students to campus. That's where Magnolia 1 and 2 come in.
"Students these days are looking for the amenities, that I didn't get to enjoy when I went away to college," said Dr. Hayes.
And with these two new buildings and others on the way, Goergia Southwestern officials are hoping that many more students will want to find themselves blowing into town on hurricane force winds.
The Fall term at Georgia Southwestern begins on August 18th.