The board's Thursday agenda included a discussion of plans for a four-story building, but Meyers said JSU hasn't yet decided whether it will build one building or a series of buildings.
Unlike at some other universities, freshmen aren't required to live on campus at JSU. But Meyers said the university strongly encourages freshmen to live in dorms, based on studies that show campus residents are more likely to make it to their second year.
Meyers said JSU would like to organize themed communities in the new housing, possibly reserving spaces for international students and honors students.
"We want to make them, really, living-learning communities," she said.