Classes are about to begin at UL for the fall 2019 semester, but the university has spent the past year expanding its on-campus housing.
UL Dean of Students, Dr. Dewayne Bowie, says its brand new apartment complex, The Heritage at Cajun Village is ready just in time for the new semester.
“A lot of tough weather conditions to deal with but they’ve made it happen.” said Dr. Bowie.
He added the weather presented a lot of challenges, but they are putting the finishing touches on the heritage.
“Right now they are still working on things like the landscaping. You got some wet grounds and things of that nature.” he said.
The new apartment complex will bring hundreds of additional students to campus.
Dr. Bowie believes it will make the university a more tight knit community.
“Kids that live on campus have a higher graduation, then those who don’t and also what we find is that they also get so much more out of the college experience. They get more involved and engaged, than those who live off campus.” he explained.
He says the Heritage is just another step toward improving the college experience.
“Things may not be happen as quickly as they want them to sometimes, but we are listening and we make plans for those things that we feel in conversations with our students that would add a whole different dimension and be a benefit to the campus. We just really want to improve this living and learning environment for our students.” said Dr. Bowie.
Students will start moving in later this week and classes start on Monday.
The weather has delayed the opening of another new student apartment complex–Campion at Lafayette–until August 31st.
Campion is not affiliated with the university.