Demand for campus housing increases

Demand for campus housing is on the rise, according to Elonna Visser, assistant director of University Services–Campus Housing.

"Increases in enrollment as well as increases in the percentage of continuing students wanting to live on campus have increased the overall demand for campus housing," Visser said.

The latest enrollment goals for the 2002-2003 school year project 668 incoming freshmen, 240 incoming transfers and 1,831 continuing students for a total of 2,739 students. 1,761 students are expected to live on campus in the fall of 2002, which is an increase of 76 students over last fall.

This increase in students has necessitated a more efficient way of assigning campus housing. There may be changes to the way students sign up for campus housing during the 2002-2003 school year.

According to Visser, instead of having four separate sign-up nights for the apartments, students may only have to attend one sign-up night to choose a specific unit, and most of the paperwork may be handled through an application process ahead of time.

"We are still gathering feedback and working through the specifics of implementing this change," Visser said.

Area Coordinator for Campus Houses and Apartments Nick Herberger said that, if implemented, the new process would be a simplification of what is in place now. "It’s not a change that affects who can sign up, but it will just make it simpler for everyone," Herberger said.

Junior Katy Lungren, a resident in Wembley apartments, said that signing up for apartments last year was not quick and easy. "Last year it was difficult. … We did not get our first choice in apartments," Lungren said.

Seniority points will be the way priority housing is assigned to students for the 2002-2003 academic year. "Seniority points recognize a student’s class status as well as honor the time he or she has contributed to the residential community," Visser said.

Points for seniority are calculated by assigning a point value to a student’s class status and adding the number of quarters the student has lived on campus. The point value is as follows: freshman–3points, sophomores–6 points, juniors–9 points, seniors–12 points.

According to Visser, seniority points have consistently been the way that SPU has assigned campus housing to students over the years with exception of the Fall 2000 sign-up process. "That year the anticipated shortfall necessitated a system that gave priority to those students who were required to live on campus," Visser said. According to Visser, students who are less than 20 years old and less than junior status are required to live on campus.

For more information about housing sign-up, a booklet outlining the details of the sign-up process will be distributed the second week in April.

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Title: Demand for campus housing increases | Author: Simone Van Breda | Section: News | Published Date: 2002-03-06 | Internal ID: 2554