Sampson, Young: One Year Later

Sampson and Young halls were re-opened in the fall of 2011 after undergoing a complete revamp to bring the historic buildings into the modern age.
The renovations have been well-accepted by students who reside in these halls.

The dorms had been closed for seven years due to outdated building codes and safety violations. The renovation process began in 2007 and took four years to complete. The renovations done at Sampson and Young Halls have changed the interior of the building significantly but also maintained the exterior’s historical look. The project cost the university $13.5 million.

Sampson Hall was built in 1938 and Young Hall was built in 1929; they are registered as national, historic landmarks.

“I am enjoying my experience here at Sampson and Young,” said Christopher Flowers, 19, a freshmen, pre-med student from Tallahassee. “I appreciate how they keep the facility clean and that it is a newly renovated residence hall on campus. The only place I would have stayed is Palmetto because of the cheaper price.”

A double room in Sampson and Young halls costs $ 2,800 per semester; the price jumps to $3,150 for a single. Gibbs Hall costs almost $400 less than the price of Sampson and Young halls.

“Since the grand opening of the new Sampson and Young halls male dorm rooms, there have been many benefits given to the current and future FAMU male residents,” said Jai’Red Hunter, 21, junior, pre-med student from Jacksonville and resident assistant at Sampson Hall.

“Compared to previous males dorm rooms , the modern rooms bow have new bed furnishings and individual room temperature control systems. Other upgraded features include 42″ flat-screen televisions on each floor and an upgraded computer lab in the main lobby,” said Hunter.

The Sampson and Young lobby has a large flat screen television with several couches, a pool table, plenty of tables and chairs and vending machines.

“I stayed off campus my freshman year of college, this year I decided to stay on campus to get the experience, and I am enjoying it,” said Antonio King, 20, sophomore, psychology student from Jacksonville.