Claremore Daily Progress

Education

May 21, 2014

RSU breaks ground for new student housing community

CLAREMORE —

Rogers State University officials broke ground Tuesday morning for a new $11.5 million student housing complex at the Claremore campus. The 84,000-square-foot housing community will provide beds for more than 300 campus residents beginning in fall 2015, said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice.
“Living on campus has been a highly desired feature among our incoming students, and the construction of University Village C will provide our students with even more options for campus living,” said Rice. “Meeting the need for campus housing has been a crucial priority for us, both because of the continued demand and the positive impact living on campus has for students. Studies routinely show that students who live on campus are better engaged and more likely to complete their studies.”
Rice said RSU is the only public university in the Tulsa-metro area where students have the option of living on campus. 
The campus housing has operated at capacity levels for the past five years, even after opening the 255-bed University Village B in 2011. The wait list has swelled each summer to nearly 150 students wanting to live on campus, but the university has been unable to meet the demand.
“We’ve ended up losing students who don’t wish to commute from surrounding regions,” said Rice. “With the additional 312 beds, we’ll be able to accommodate that traditional wait list. It also gives us the opportunity to recruit outside the commuting distance of campus.”
He said a majority of the regional universities including RSU, have recently seen a slight decline in enrollment.
“The number of commuting students has been on a downward trend, while the demand for students wanting residential options has been increasing. We’re still on a projection to grow, but it will be as we add programs and facilities like University Village C,” said Rice. “We’re also seeing an uptick in the number of credit hours taken per student, which indicates that students are increasing their study load to fulltime or near fulltime status.”

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