LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A win on the hardwood is a win in the classroom for the University of Louisville. So much attention has been on the university since athletics has taken off. With more students taking an interest in the school, things around campus are changing.
"I just felt like it was the best place to come and succeed because of the reputation and also the growing reputation it has every year," said UofL freshman Hunter Gregory.
The reputation has changed. In the past often thought of as a commuter school, UofL has transformed its image. A lot of that has to do with the academic program and of course athletics.
"I was really excited to come to UofL seeing UofL go to the Final Four when I was a senior in high school," said Sophomore Nick Potter.
The Cardinals are making an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Who could forget the Sugar Bowl win? Along with a women's Final Four and men's national title? Because of all the attention, the school closed applications last May for the first time ever.
This year, applications are also up.
"That is not the trend nationwide," said UofL spokesperson Mark Hebert. "There are a lot of schools that really struggle to get a lot of applications because the number of high schools that are graduating are down across Kentucky a lot of other states."
The number of folks interested in building student housing around campus has also mushroomed.
"Right now we have 5,000 students that live on campus or what we call affiliated housing those are the private developments that are on the outskirts of campus," said Hebert.
New developments will bring hundreds of more beds. The university said there are four different private developers interested in building housing around campus. On Crittenden Drive, a church, homes and apartments are all gone to make way for new luxury student housing.
"They want really nice facilities," said Hebert. "Unlike stuff you and I had when we went to college. These are not brick dorm rooms where two students are living in a room. These are really nice apartment."
Kind of like what students are enjoying at Cardinal Towne on South 3rd Street. With tight budgets, many universities are scaling back on the housing business and letting private companies do the leg work. With the private companies coming in that allows the university to look at older dorms, some of that have had mold issues. They can explore the idea of renovating or turn the space into something else. UofL said they are struggling with classroom space.