Dorms overflowed

Aug 192007
Authors: Laura Anderson

Because of over-booked dorm rooms, some freshmen were forced to move into the study lounges of several residence halls on move-in day last week.

Study lounges were converted into living areas for 34 students who moved into the residence halls Thursday. And 50 students assigned to normal rooms were anticipated as no-shows.

Dorm overflow is a common occurrence each semester because the university is required to offer housing for all incoming freshmen, said Tonie Miyamoto, director of communications for Housing & Dining Services.

And at CSU, all freshmen are required to live in the residence halls.

Whitney Taylor, freshman English major, is one student who was placed in temporary overflow housing in Allison Hall. She says there are both pros and cons to her new room.

“It’s nice because we got a really big room,” Taylor said. “But it’s going to be unfortunate when we have to pack up all of our stuff and move again.”

Taylor said she credits a last-minute decision to attend CSU as the cause for her receiving a study lounge room.

“It’d be really sweet if we got to keep it,” she said.

In the months before and within the first few weeks of classes, many students have second thoughts about attending CSU – a fact Housing and Dining Services prepares for.

“In the last three months (before classes begin) we get about 100 cancellations per month,” Miyamoto said.

Anticipating this, the university admits extra students to be sure that come move-in day every bed is filled. Overflow, Miyamoto said, is a better alternative to turning students away.

“We hate to tell students they can’t come,” she said.

If more students are admitted than choose not to attend CSU, the university must make room.

The converted study lounges, located in Allison, Durward, Edwards, Ingersoll and Westfall halls, are furnished the same as a normal dorm room and have the same security. Students are charged the price of a standard dorm room while they reside there.

Last year, in order to accommodate for overflowing residence halls, the university leased a defunct sorority house to accommodate for 70 overflow students. That lease was not renewed due to the opening of the new Academic Village, which has 420 new beds.

Combined, the residence halls at CSU have a capacity of 5,165 students and about 5,200 students have been admitted to live on campus during the fall semester, according to Miyamoto.

One reason for the overflow, despite the addition of new residence halls, is a record-breaking freshmen enrollment for the 2007-2008 school year. Last year, the university admitted 4,093 freshmen. This academic year, that number is expected to jump to about 4,300.

Between cancellations, transfers and no-shows, Miyamoto said she anticipates that all overflow students will be moved into permanent, normal rooms beginning Monday morning, bringing the residence halls to full occupancy.

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