By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 1, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- FAMU is expecting more students to call campus home this year.
Administrators say housing is at maximum capacity.
FAMU student Jonathan Marks lives in the school's newest residence hall, FAMU Village. "It's a really, really nice facility," Marks said. "I'm really, really fortunate."
FAMU Village opened in 2014, leading the university to close Palmetto North residence hall in 2015.
"Now I need that space," said, Jennifer Wilder, the director of housing at FAMU.
Palmetto North will reopen because of an anticipated higher number of students coming to FAMU.
"I've heard that over the years, there's been a low count of students that's been here. I think it's really great that there are more students coming to FAM now. I think they're bringing the popularity back up," Marks said.
Administrators say student enrollment has jumped 39 percent compared to last fall. This fall, 2,003 freshmen were admitted to FAMU. 1,213 were admitted for fall 2016 and 1,865 during fall 2015.
"It's absolutely great for the university. It also shows the need that we need more housing. We have a lot of students who really want to live on campus. We just don't have the capacity to be able to accommodate them. We would love to be able to accommodate all the students who want to live here," Wilder said.
FAMU is renovating Palmetto North to provide 213 more beds. Seven of the eight buildings are being renovated, with four students sharing a two-bedroom apartment. Each apartment has a living room, a bathroom, and a dining area.
Wilder says Palmetto North was built in 1974 and opened in 1975. Renovations include painting, carpet removal, floor replacement, and air condition checks.
"We bought some new furniture. We may end up having to rent some furniture to make sure that we have everything that everybody else has when school opens." Wilder said.
Wilder says the renovations will be done by the time classes start August 22nd.
However, even with Palmetto North reopening, she says all of FAMU's nine residence halls are full. There is a waiting list, but, Wilder says there's no way to know how many cancellations they'll have.
Families should contact the housing office for more information.