The heart of the Baylor experience rests in the communion of ideas, experiences and relationships on campus. To facilitate and energize campus life, Baylor will seek to make more desirable residence halls available so that at least 50 percent of Baylor undergraduates are living on campus by 2012. Further, we will develop walking malls along the axes of campus to enhance the total social and relational environment. To complement the physical design of the campus, Baylor will create robust student life programming to enrich the life of the University and to cultivate social skills, leadership, and physical fitness; therefore, a full array of opportunities for students to develop lifelong friendships will exist.
North Village and Brooks Village have been constructed during the tenure of Baylor 2012. Nine living-learning programs have been implemented. The faculty-in-residence program was initiated and has since grown to eight faculty members residing in apartments within the residential communities. A faculty member from the School of Education also has been selected to serve as faculty-in-residence beginning in fall 2010. The faculty partners program has been implemented. In addition, current residential communities have undergone significant renovations, such as Kokernot Residence Hall and the creation of the Memorial Chapel.
The number and percentage of undergraduates living on campus continues to increase. As of fiscal year 2010, there are 4,651 beds available (4,849 beds with expanded occupancy when the halls opened in August). By the 12th class day, total occupancy was 4,734 and represented 39 percent of undergraduate students living on campus.
Furnishings in the Bill Daniel Student Center were updated to provide inviting spaces for students. Baylor traditions of education and enrichment were featured elements of Baylor Line Camps and common spaces on campus continue to be made more appealing. In partnership with Academic Affairs, University 1000 has been redesigned to help nurture all students as they transition from high school to college life or as they move into the Baylor community from another college setting.