- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana University is working to accommodate dozens of freshmen after more students signed up for housing than the amount of available beds on its Bloomington campus.

More than 225 freshmen currently have “pending” room assignments as the beginning of the fall semester nears. The problem resulted from the intersection of a large incoming freshman class of about 7,900 students and ongoing residence hall renovations, said Munirpallam Venkataramanan, the school’s vice provost for strategic initiatives.

Venkataramanan told The (Bloomington) Herald Times (https://bit.ly/1KzeBsI ) that he’s hesitant to refer to the problem as a shortage, because it’s not unusual and the school has always been able to accommodate students in the past.

“Every three to five years we face it,” he said. “So we believe we are on top of it.”

The students with pending room assignments will stay temporarily in dorm lounges, which will contain bedroom furniture, or they’ll move into one of the Willkie residence hall towers, Venkataramanan said.

Crews are renovating eight floors of the Willkie North tower, which originally was designed for older students, to provide campus housing for the freshmen, but it’s unclear whether the change will be permanent. Those renovations likely will be repeated next summer at the Willkie South tower.

Since the number of students seeking housing changes over time, the problem is expected to start working itself out right away, said assistant Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives Mark Kuchefski.

“That number starts decreasing immediately when we find out who’s going to be here,” he said. “We can’t really predict that number.”

Throughout the year, some students will transfer or withdraw, while others will apply for housing later in the year, he said, adding that most of the students will have permanent housing assignments sometime during fall semester.

Indiana University has 12,275 available beds this year. Because of ongoing renovations to Read residence hall, which houses about 680 rooms, less beds were available compared to last year.


Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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