MSU Board of Regents Discuss Plans to Expand Campus

- Midwestern State may be growing significantly within the next few years.

The Board of Regents met on Thursday to discuss plans to expand the campus.

The board is asking for more than 70 million dollars for a new 450 student dorm as well as a 61 million dollar Health Sciences and Human Services building.

School officials say as enrollment in the health and science programs increases, they need to improve these laboratories.

Also, as the school continues to grow there is a real need for more housing on campus.

"We now have 300 hundred students who want to live in dorms on campus that we are renting for them off campus. Most of our freshman class now is coming in from outlying areas, the metroplex and so forth and want to live on campus," MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers says. 

Rogers says if they want to continue to increase MSU enrollment, additional dorms are a huge need.

And students we spoke with agree.

"I think that's the only way they're going to grow and I think it's going to be better for the school and that's the only way they can grow is up, so they're pretty much landlocked," MSU student Matthew Nichols says.  

The total request for this year's legislative session would be around 73 million.

Rogers says they expect to hear next May or June and hope to start building within a year or so.

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