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Sacramento State will break ground this summer on a new residence hall.  The Board Of Trustees approved the nearly $55 million project on Tuesday.

The new dorms come with an amazing view of the American River.

“Most of the social spaces, lounges, study rooms, they’ll all be situated on corners overlooking the American River,” explained University Executive Director of Housing Michael Speros.

The new residence hall will be home to just over 400 students when it opens in the Fall of 2017. The move comes at a time where most Cal State campus’ have tightened their admissions criteria to reduce the number of students.  Sacramento State, on the other hand, is increasing enrollment slightly for at least the next 5 years.

“I think we’ve done a lot for student over the last couple of years to improve the residential experience, and I think students are wanting to live with us,” said Samuel Jones who is the Director of Housing at Sacramento State.

Back in 2010 The University was deemed a ‘destination’ campus. The goal was to bring more students in from out of the area, have them live on campus, and the University would flourish.

“We are really trying to build a community where students feel they are part of the campus, and they feel like living on campus means something to them,” explained Speros.

What they’ve done is create a small town for students. Fitness centers, shops, resources where everyone can coexist and everyone knows each other. And it’s working. Since 2010 Sacramento State has seen a steady increase in both southern California students, and out-of-state students wanting to come here