For the First Time in Its 50-Year History, Students Are Living on the Campus of Southern University of New Orleans

For the first time in the university’s half-century history, students are living on the campus of Southern University in New Orleans. The university, which had been a commuter school prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is now recruiting students from outside the New Orleans metropolitan area.

This month the university opened about one third of the apartments in a 700-unit, 19-building complex on its new Lake Pontchartrain campus. The downtown campus of Southern University was severely flooded after Hurricane Katrina and a temporary campus was set up about a half-mile away. In addition to the residential complex, a new information technology center and a College of Business are planned for the new campus.