ABILENE, Texas -

First-year students at Hardin-Simmons University will see some changes when they head to school this fall.

The university has worked over the past two years to put all first-year students’ residence halls on one side of campus as well as make upgrades and improvements to the dormitories.

Caleb Steed, director of residence life for Hardin-Simmons, said these changes are part of an effort to make the transition easier for freshmen.

“What we want to do is provide space and provide programming and events that focus on helping those students transition into university life, focusing on academics, spiritual and really personal development in their lives,” Steed said.

This year the university focused on the women’s residence halls.

Steed said the focus next week will be on the men’s residence halls.