Dorms open at capacity

Aug 232010
Authors: Hannah Elfin

While dorm move-in day seems to be exceptionally chaotic in comparison to the lazy Fort Collins Summers, this year’s chaos was accompanied by a record number of students.

With total capacity at 5,353 students, the dorms at Colorado State were opened Thursday with no vacancies.

Due to the large numbers of expected residents, six students were left in overflow on Thursday, without a room of their own. CSU’s Housing and Dining Services operations crew created makeshift dorm rooms in dorm hall lounges to accommodate the temporarily displaced students.

While last year’s addition of Aspen Hall counteracted any displaced students during fall of 2009, the dorms have experienced four consecutive years of record enrollment.

And despite concerns from students about the startling numbers of dorm residents, Tonie Miyomoto, director of Communications for Housing and Dining Services, said housing numbers on campus this year are nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not unexpected.

She said around 50 students on average do not show up for their reserved dorm rooms each year, leaving the dorms at about 98 percent occupancy, which is where the university wants to be.

Reserved rooms for students who had not moved in by noon yesterday were redistributed leaving more than enough rooms for overflow students. Any resident whose roommate failed to show up will be given the option to keep their double-sized room as a single for an extra charge or be assigned a roommate.

Brad Bohlander, chief public relations officer, said the university will know how many students stayed in the dorms after CSU publishes a student census in mid-September.

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