Administrators at southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that’s creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school.
WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008′s record, thanks to an anticipated 16 percent increase in new students.
But SIU spokesman rod Sievers that Wednesday the school is confident all of the newcomers will be accommodated.
The school is building new dorms, but they’re years from being completed. And three of the oldest residence halls on campus were torn down.
That means the school scrambling to put more students in each dorm room.
Administrators attribute the enrollment increase to the success of a marketing campaign aimed at reversing an enrollment decline.