College Getting Creative In Finding Student Housing

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, August 8, 2011

School officials said the student housing wait list could have easily been around 70-80 but because of new dorm rooms, it is down to 25.

Cowley College is transforming a vacant nursing home into the sixth dormitory. This is the first time the college will offer student housing away from the main campus.

"This was such a great opportunity. It gave us something to get into quick, relative inexpensive, and we really don't have any space do it on campus to do it right now," said Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services for Cowley College.

Students who live in the new dormitory will have to commute to the campus.

"Their payback for living two in a half miles from campus is they don't have a roommate out here," said Crouch.

Recently, the school has seen more students choose a community college, which has created a shortage in student housing.

"Over the past couple of years, we've seen an increase in enrollment. We've seen a large volume of students that are maybe making the decision to come to a community college rather than a four-year university," said Rama Peroo, director of institutional communication and public relations for Cowley College.

Students who are now enrolling to the college have been put on a wait list, in hopes getting a room before classes start.

"They've got to find me a spot. All the rooms are booked up. I have to find a spot to live but I'll get settled in and I'll get booked up," said Robby Gray, incoming student on the wait list.

Students who remain on the wait list are given housing options such as renting from local homeowners or apartments in Arkansas City.

School officials are glad that the new dormitory will house 51 students, who will no longer have to be on the wait list.

"The wait list this year was bigger than it has been the last couple. Demand was a little bit higher. So far our rule has been, if we build it, they'll come," said Crouch.

The new dormitory will be ready for students to move in by next Tuesday.

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