Anderson Hall was an male hall for upperclassmen and freshman. Now it will be an all female building for freshman. Anderson Hall also has a Residential Learning Center, which will allow freshman to take classes where they live and allow professors to interact with them outside of their classrooms.
Ferguson Hall was combined with Nix Hall to create a male freshman hall. Ferguson Hall was originally a residential female building for juniors and seniors.
Before, the female freshman building was across campus from the male freshman building. Caleb Steed, Director of Residence Life, said he realized that kids were less likely to hang out due to the distance, especially at night.
Now with the freshman halls closer together, Steed believes it will create a better bond between them. He thinks it's important freshman are close together so they can enhance their college life with others who are in the same position.
Furthermore, Anderson Hall will also have certain floors that are dedicated to honors students or certain majors. Steed said they tried this last year with honor students and he said that students liked being around others that had similar interests.
Steed said it also made it easy for students to study because the students they share classes with live right down the hall from them. Steed is excited for the new incoming freshman and to see how this new setup works to help integrate them into college life.