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Another Large School Faces a Housing Crunch

Large School Housing Crunch

Digested from The Washington Post

One large school in Virginia deals with the realities of welcoming 1,000 more students than it expected.

Last month we wrote about the University of Kentucky—a large school with a housing crunch. In August, The Washington Post highlighted Virginia Tech—another big school with a housing problem.

The school welcomed about 7,700 students in August, which is 1,000 more than projections and 1,500 more than last year.

“Swamped with a surge of incoming freshmen it hadn’t foreseen, Virginia Tech this summer tried all kinds of dorm-maximizing tricks to squeeze in its largest class ever,” Nick Anderson wrote for The Washington Post. “Singles morphed into doubles, doubles into triples. Lounges became pop-up bedrooms for three or more.”

The school also put 500 students into a pair of hotels. Anderson notes that Virginia Tech isn’t the only school to deal with housing shortages.

“In 2018, the University of California at Santa Cruz begged faculty and staff to open their homes to students who needed a roof,” Anderson wrote. “This year, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst surpassed its freshman class target by about 500 students, leading officials to convert dormitory lounges to four-bed rooms.”

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