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Demand rises for Oklahoma campus housing

More Oklahoma college students are asking to live on campus next year, housing officials at several Oklahoma colleges and universities say. Due to a variety of factors, some residence halls are full and others are reaching their capacity.

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: July 18, 2010
He said OSU will not turn away students.

If necessary, the university can use space that is typically reserved for temporary housing or other purposes. OSU has done major renovations and upgrades to housing buildings during the past eight years, which has helped attract more students, Brown said.

Students at Rogers State University likely didn't get a spot in campus housing for the fall unless they applied by May.

Demand for campus housing has been on the rise since the school changed from a community college to a regional university about 10 years ago, said Tobie Titsworth, vice president for student affairs.

The university has had to turn away close to 200 students a year during recent years. Some students don't even bother to put their name on the waiting list because it gets so long, Titsworth said.

Enrollment increases for the fall are creating an even higher demand.

The waiting list last week had 225 students, compared with 171 students in July 2009, said Kyla Short, director of residential life. Housing officials work with students who do not get a spot on campus to find alternative locations, but many off-campus complexes in Claremore are also full, Short said.

The university plans to open another campus housing building with 252 beds in 2011. The new building will nearly double the number of students the university can accommodate but won't allow much room for future growth at a time when enrollment and housing demands are on the rise.

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