BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU has announced that certain freshmen will now be required to live on campus, starting next fall.
Students who live within a 50 mile radius of the campus are exempt.
Certain other exemptions could apply, such as students who are over the age of 21 and/or are married.
"We want our students on campus," said LSU President F. King Alexander. "They retain better, they graduate more, they have a much better experience if they're on campus, especially in their freshman year."
University officials said students will have to sign an academic contract in which first-year, full-time students who start in the summer or fall semesters of 2018 must live in on-campus housing for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.
"When we get the Nicholson project open - that's 1,600 new apartment that are right on campus," said Alexander. "It'll be the first time that we've been able to offer that to all freshmen because we didn't have enough. Now, we'll have enough to house all freshmen - except for those who are staying at home - there's a lot of exemptions."
They added those who begin in spring 2019 will only be required to live on campus for that semester.