Jackson, Miss. Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls.
The College Board Thursday approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America's Veterans.
The dorms would replace the existing 220-bed Evans Hall.
MSU President Mark Keenum says the university hasn't decided yet whether it will build both of the planned dorms or just one, but he said MSU would save money by having them both designed at once.
The university says that if it grows to 22,000 students, it will need on-campus housing for 5,000 students. It currently has 4,700 beds, but MSU says other older dorms will need renovation or demolition over the next 10 years.