The Future of Housing
Climbing to Greater Heights
First Year Village & New Residence Halls
Opening Fall 2021!
The WKU First Year Village encompasses the residence halls in the south end of campus, where focused first-year programming will take place.
The First Year Village includes the construction of two new residence halls, Normal Hall and Regents Hall. These halls will utilize space in a way that enables deep faculty and peer engagement around important ideas that connect directly to student success and learning.
The initiative has been directed and shaped by the University’s Strategic Plan, Climbing to Greater Heights, which states, “in our effort to significantly increase our first to second year retention, we will focus our attention and central resources on a robust and engaging First Year Experience. Each WKU freshman will have the opportunity to reside in Living Learning Communities.”
Bottom Photo - Left:Normal Hall, Right: Regents Hall
Approximately 25 students will share common spaces such as a bathroom, community space, and kitchen.
- Community Area Per Pod
- Dining Location
Music Practice/Recording Studios
More Features Coming Soon...
Watch our progress on the First Year Village - LIVE
Bemis Lawrence Hall & PFT Parking Lot ClosesMay 2019
Bemis Lawrence Hall closed permanently at the end of the 2019 spring semester.
The majority of the Pearce Ford Tower parking lot closed. The outer perimeter remains open.
First Year Village Construction BeginsJune 2019
Construction begins on the First Year Village.
Bemis Lawrence Hall DemolitionJuly-October 2019
Interior preparation began July 1, 2019. Minor demolition began in August. "The First Bite," which is the first large section taken out of the top of the building, will be taken on September 6, 2019. Full demolition will be completed in approximately 90 days.
Access Drive AdditionSeptember-December 2019
Barnes Campbell Hall ClosesMay 2021
Barnes Campbell Hall will close permanently at the end of the spring semester 2020.
Barnes Campbell Hall DemolitionJune-September 2021
Demolition begins on Barnes Campbell Hall and will be completed in approximately 90 days.
First Year Village OpensAugust 2021
Both First Year Village buildings open to students
* Dates are approximate and subject to change