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There’s a New Type of Senior on College Campuses

Photo of a crowd at a Furman football game.
Jan and David Johnson, residents of The Woodlands at Furman.

A growing number of seniors are returning to college. They take classes and use the library and gym. They cheer in the stands, attend musical and artistic performances. They often have access to the health-care system.

In short, they’re doing almost everything they might have done as college students. Only now they don’t have to leave after a few short years. They can stay as long as they like—and as long as they pay their bills.

This Wall Street Journal article features Jan and David Johnson, residents of The Woodlands at Furman. The Johnsons are regulars at Furman sporting events and they attend college musical performances and theater. While the Johnsons acknowledge they could still do many of these activities if they weren’t Woodlands residents, they say that the convenience factor of being a three-minute drive or golf-cart ride away is especially compelling. The Wall Street Journal is a subscription-only publication.

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