Residential Life Housing is the place to be and a lot of people are catching on! Contracts Coordinator Angie Caswell told Griffon News that “Right now, we’re over a hundred occupancy full.” On top of that, there are students on the waiting list who are ready to be placed in rooms that are open. The halls can hold approximately 1,250 students, but that just doesn’t seem to be enough to meet the high demand. There were so many contracting applications coming in over the summer that on Aug. 11 the online contracts had to be temporarily closed.
Now obviously, there is no question as to why people want to live on campus. Between the easy class-access, living with fellow Griffons and the great community that is encouraged in the halls, who wouldn’t want to live on campus. It is curious as to why occupancy is a problem now when it hasn’t been in the past. Hall Director Mark Moultrup was able to provide some clarification on the topic.
“We have all the freshman who want to live on campus,” Moultrup said. “While they are required to live on campus, we have our upperclassman returning to campus as well.” Not only are more upperclassmen returning, but the Hall Director Samantha Wemple stated that “enrollment is up 22 percent in two years.” Residential Life also lost space when Logan Hall was shut down two years ago, so between more returners, higher freshman enrollment and the loss of a building, space is tight.
This lack of space will assuredly affect on-campus students in several ways now and looking for the foreseeable future. Presently, if residents request room changes it will be difficult to relocate them, not everyone who wants to live on campus will have the opportunity.
Director of Housing Nathan Roberts explained that Residential Life is considering new methods for handling the high demand for housing so that freshman who are required to live on campus will have a spot. There are two options being evaluated.
The first is returning students would have to register for next year’s housing sooner than in past years and then the reapplications would be shut off. The second is there would be a type of housing lottery that would randomly select which students would be allowed to return out of the students who reapplied. While the rush of students is putting all of Residential Life Staff hard at work, Caswell, Moultrup and Wemple all agree that this is a wonderful problem for Residential Life to have.