Ferguson Hall is reopening for fall 2021
By: Madison Reed
Tarleton State University has many options for students in terms of housing; but as the university’s population grows and more returning students apply for housing, the need for more living spaces at Tarleton has increased significantly. An older, but newly renovated dorm building known as Ferguson Hall has been included in the fall 2021 housing inventory and will be available for students to live in once again.
Ferguson is located beside the O.A. Grant communications building and Bender Hall, which is across the street from the McDonalds on Washington near the Stephenville campus. The first floor has been given to the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) and the rooms have been turned into offices. The residence hall will be able to house 78 students in single-occupancy dorm rooms on the second and third floors of the building. It will be available for returning students/upperclassmen.
Director of Residence Life Shelly Brown said, “Residence Life is seeing a 21 percent increase in returning student housing applications, and our goal is for Ferguson Hall to have a private room option for returning students.”
According to the upperclassmen facilities flyer sent in an email by Tarleton Housing, the fall 2021 rate per semester for a room in Ferguson will be $2,900 which will include an XL twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, mini-fridge and microwave as well as a built-in storage/coset unit.
Furgeson also has community bathrooms on each floor—two available bathrooms on either end of the floor each with four stalls and four showers.
According to Kelsey Fredrickson, the student services specialist for the department of residence life, “As of right now Ferguson is an all-girl hall for next year.”
As of right now, the building does not have a laundry room or service desk; however, Residence Life is working with Campus Operations to have both included.
Brown said, “Ferguson will be partnered with another hall to form a full-service neighborhood.”
The last time Ferguson was available for students was in the spring of 2018; however, the rumor among students is that the residential hall was shut down and removed from the housing inventory because of mold. Brown and Tarleton are both adamant that Ferguson never closed down and such rumors are false.
“Tarleton continuously evaluates facility use and adjusts accordingly,” Brown said. “Ferguson was last included in residential inventory in spring 2018. After renovation it was repurposed for faculty and staff offices. To my knowledge, it has never been closed down.”
Brown explained that Ferguson has been in full operation, except for times of renovation, the entire time. It has just not been available for students in the housing inventory.
During the shutdown due to COVID-19, Tarleton needed places for students to quarantine. As part of the Tarleton Roadmap Strategy, Tarleton had the two upper stories renovated and turned into isolation dorms for students who contracted the virus.
To summarize, while the building was removed from the housing inventory in 2018, it never fully shut down. After some renovations, it was used as a place for isolation dorms and the first story was given to TIAER. But now, after three years, the building is once again available for students to live at during the school year.
“Some students need a space without roommates or suitemates, to succeed,” Brown said. “Most of our residence halls feature layouts with either roommates or suitemates. The Ferguson design gives us a private room at an affordable price, while still encouraging community.”