Leaders at Texas' preeminent HBCU describe how full privatization of the university's housing system was made possible through a committed partnership that began in 1996 and continues to thrive today.
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University is the home of the “Panthers,” and its campus is affectionately known as “The Hill.” In addition to its outstanding academic programs and award-winning faculty and leadership, the HBCU and second-oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Texas is deeply rooted in culture and tradition, providing a welcoming college experience to its students.
In the mid 1990s, University leadership developed a vision for an academically focused living-learning environment on the campus that would help guide students through the transition of beginning college and equip them with the tools for continued academic success. Having been designated by the state of Texas as one of three "institutions of the first class," the university had a mandate to dramatically expand its educational programs, and while doing so raise retention rates among freshmen students.
To fully realize their vision of preparing incoming students for academic excellence, University administrators believed a purposeful design of its housing facilities was critical to promoting a focus on academic success. In 1996, the University and American Campus Communities (ACC) embarked on a partnership to provide this integral piece of the University’s vision, and in doing so ACC undertook full privatization of the school’s housing system.
Unmatched PartnershipFor over 25 years, Prairie View A&M University and American Campus Communities have worked together to deliver more than $137 million in student-centered communities. The first phase of the partnership was delivered in 1996 with the opening of University Village, and has since delivered nine phases of modern, academically oriented housing, comprising nearly 5,000 student beds on the University campus. The partnership gave American Campus Communities its start with the company’s first public-private partnership, and today ACC is the nation’s largest owner, manager and developer of academically oriented student housing. ACC and Prairie View A&M’s relationship continues to grow and strengthen through a solid working partnership in the areas of management services and new student housing developments to meet the needs of this prestigious University.
In celebration of the partnership’s 25th anniversary, ACC announced that it will be providing the university with two academic scholarship programs and a new endowment, supporting PVAMU students with a total contribution of $225,000. Learn more here.
University VillageThe first community delivered by the partnership, University Village features four phases and 2,064 total beds in apartment-style floor plans. The community serves upper division students with a state-of-the-art fitness center, recreation center, and Academic Success Center with iMacs and PCs. The 572,000 square foot project also provides residents with convenient access to the campus shuttle route and Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field.
Opened: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011
University ViewUniversity View was delivered in 2013, offering 336 student beds in fully furnished apartment-style
floor plans. The 141,636 square foot, academically oriented community provides upper division residents with an Academic Success Center with iMacs and free printing, a 5,000 square foot recreation center, and a 24-hour fitness center. Students can walk or bike to classes on the PVAMU campus from University View and also offers convenient access to the campus shuttle route, the Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field and the John B. Coleman Library.
University CollegeDelivered in 2000, University College provides 1,470 student beds in a modern residence hall community. First-year students enjoy this live-learn environment with fully furnished suites, academic resources, including study space and free printing and features for healthy living. The approximate 308,000 square foot community was completed in two phases and is located at the heart of the Prairie View A&M University campus.
Opened: 2000, 2003
University SquareOpened in 2017, this community offers 466 modern student beds in fully furnished apartments and townhomes. The 199,548 square foot community and Academic Success Center, with iMacs, free printing and group and private study rooms, as well as amenities encourage resident interaction and healthy living. Residents have access to a recreation center, multimedia area, and an outdoor courtyard featuring barbecue grilling stations, bag toss courts, hammock garden and outdoor movie wall. The community is located on the Prairie View A&M University campus and on the campus shuttle route.
In Fall 2020, Prairie View A&M University delivered University View, a modern, academically oriented student community. Home to 540 students, the community is designed with PVAMU students in mind. As part of the University’s vision for the latest installment in the PVAMU-ACC partnership, the community is divided into “Program Houses,” in which members where live with peers who share a common academic interest and engage in programming that is poised to transition members from a student to a scholar, practitioner, researcher, or professional. The goal of the Program House community is to work together to address global issues and challenges as students socialize, learn and produce together.
University View II
|Partnership||Community Name||Current Beds||Date Opened||Development Cost||Finance Structure|
|Phase I||University Village||672||8 /1 /1996||$10,277,687||Project-Based, Taxable Bonds|
|Phase II||University Village||648||8 /1 /1997||$10,615,308||Project-Based, Taxable Bonds|
|Phase III||University Village||600||8 /1 /1998||$12,518,893||Project-Based, Taxable Bonds|
|Phase IV||University College||1,260||8 /1 /2000||$19,457,877||Project-Based, Taxable Bonds|
|Phase V||University College||210||8 /1 /2003||$3,595,708||Project-Based, Taxable Bonds|
|Phase VI||University Village Northwest||144||8 /1 /2011||$4,347,713||ACE® into Conventional Leasehold (with Phases I-III)|
|Phase VII||University View||336||8 /1 /2013||$15,315,214||American Campus Equity (ACE®)|
|Phase VIII||University Square||466||8 /1 /2017||$25,928,972||American Campus Equity (ACE®)|
|Phase IX||University View II||540||8 /1 /2020||$35,797,185||Project-Based, Tax-Exempt Loan|