UND facing fall housing crunchGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - UND is facing its biggest housing crunch in years, and with record enrollment numbers, officials say that number will continue to rise in the upcoming weeks.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - UND is facing its biggest housing crunch in years, and with record enrollment numbers, officials say that number will continue to rise in the upcoming weeks.
More than 14,800 students are enrolled at UND this year, but another record was set this week too. The number of freshman students is almost 2,400.
Peter Johnson - UND Spokesman: "We knew it was going to be a pretty large enrollment, I think in terms of housing we did our best to accommodate as many students as possible."
University Housing officials say some students didn't turn in their housing forms early enough for the university to accommodate everyone--meaning some are staying in lounges, and have more than just one roommate, and the unlucky were left without a place to live.
Cindy Spencer – Director of Residence Life: "For many students if they don't have housing they may not be able to come to the university."
Officials say they don't think growth for the sake of growth is a good thing.
Peter Johnson: "Actually reducing the overall head count is not a bad thing if we can ensure the students have the quality experience that we want them to have."
With the North Dakota Chancellor proposing education changes, the university could see enrollment numbers *decrease* after this year.
Peter Johnson: "We'll have to look at how we can implement that and what kind of affect that will have on our overall enrollment."
For the time being, housing officials will try to give students the best start they can. Students in overflow rooms will be moved into a residence hall once rooms open up.