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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

First time freshman enrollment rate up 35%; Increased upperclassmen demand for on-campus apartment-style living

An increased demand for residence life and a nearly 35% higher freshman enrollment rate this fall semester at SC State has caused a housing shortage at the state’s only public Historically Black University.

The University continues to assist students who have met their financial obligation by the deadline and seek campus housing. The actual occupancy rates for residence life will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, after 7 p.m. Unclaimed rooms become available to students on the waiting list on that date, which is also the first day of classes.

Seven (7) traditional residence halls and two (2) apartment-style complexes are available for students to reside in this upcoming semester. The apartment-style complexes include the Andrew Hugine Suites, a $42 million 755-bed facility that was completed in 2006, and the University Village Apartments, which the SC State Real Estate Foundation purchased in mid-2007.

Dr. Kevin Rolle, vice president for student affairs, indicated that the University is able to offer a total of 2,300 beds to new and returning students this semester. SC State’s total student population exceeds 4,600.

“We are working vigorously to accommodate students who have requested on-campus residence,” said Rolle. “We wish to provide educational opportunities to the greatest number of students possible.”