ASU prepping for housing shortage, short term arrangements include local hotel

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Another semester of record enrollment numbers at Arkansas State University has ASU administrators preparing for a shortage of housing for students.

"We are making short term arrangements for 60 to 70 incoming freshmen to stay in a local hotel," said ASU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Rick Stripling. "We're confident that we'll be able to work them back into the campus by Labor Day."


Move-in days for ASU housing are August 18 and 19.


Students who do not have a residence on campus will stay at Comfort Suites on Access Lane, which is located about 3 miles from the campus.


Residence Life Director Patrick Dixon said the University will pay for the hotel and the transportation the Jonesboro Economic Transit System (JETS) will provide for students from the hotel to the campus.


"The students have already paid rent for the semester and so the University will then pick up the cost of the hotel," he said.

The University expects Fall 2012 student enrollment to surpass the enrollment of Fall 2011, which was about 13,900, according to Dr. Stripling. 


Dixon said there are building projects happening on campus that are expected to be completed by the time the Fall 2013 incoming freshmen are ready to start college.


"One project will give us about 104 beds, and that will be in addition to the Honors Living-Learning Community, and then we'll also be building a sorority, we'll call it a Greek Village sorority housing."


Administrators admit not having enough housing is an issue, but they said it is a good issue to have.


"This year we're seeing more momentum, more hype, more interest than we've ever seen before, and it really creates a good feel here," said Dr. Stripling.

Students who have questions about housing should ASU Residence Life at (870) 972-2402.

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