August 26, 2013
Additional spaces ease traffic concerns on College’s largest campus
Students at the Blinn College – Bryan campus are finding it just a bit easier to get to class on time this semester thanks to a new 300-vehicle, $1 million parking lot constructed this Summer.
The new lot, located near the intersection of Nash Street and Villa Maria Road, adds more than 300 spaces and increases the number of designated student parking spots to more than 3,000.
The lot can be accessed from the southbound lane of Villa Maria and from the campus via the bridge located behind the campus library.
Freshman physics major Stephen Wilson said his schedule has him driving on and off campus throughout his day, and the new parking lot makes this a feasible routine.
“I parked here for my early class at 7:45 this morning,” he said. “I left to grab breakfast, and the lot I originally parked in was full, but there were several available spots in the new lot and I was able to get to class just fine.”
Brittany Gray, a freshman child life major, had classes later in the day, which would normally put her at a disadvantage in competing for a parking place.
“There was plenty of room to park in the new area,” Gray said. “I have a class at 10, and another at noon, and having this new lot here makes it so much easier for me.”
The need to expand parking is driven in large part by the College’s steady growth in Bryan since opening its first location in 1970. Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. The Bryan campus has experienced 26 percent growth during that same span, with a Fall enrollment of more than 12,300 in 2012.
In addition to adding spaces, Blinn has expanded its online offerings, allowing students the opportunity to take courses while minimizing the need to visit campus.
Founded in 1883, Blinn’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.