More College Students Opt to Stay on Campus

By Stiles, Bob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 23, 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

More College Students Opt to Stay on Campus


Stiles, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Christine Scholl, a sophomore at Seton Hill University, lives on campus because everything she needs is within walking distance.

"I figure it's more convenient to live on campus," said Scholl, a sophomore. "I don't have a car, so it's kind of my only option."

Scholl, of Johnstown, is part of a growing number of students who want to live on campus -- even after they become upperclassmen, according to university housing officials.

"Everything is right there," said Mike Lemasters, Indiana University of Pennsylvania housing director, of one reason for the increase.

Other factors are larger high school graduation numbers in the last few years and universities and colleges accepting more and more students to the point that some of them may be taking in too many, experts said.

New suite-style residence halls, greater security and higher costs to live off campus are other possible factors.

Greensburg officials recently adopted an ordinance that sets requirements for student homes and limits, by distance, their number in some sections of the city. Southwest Greensburg Council is considering creating similar restrictions after an influx of students into that community.

The demand for on-campus housing and the acceptance of more students at Seton Hill forced university officials to convert lounges and other areas into bedrooms, tactics employed by other colleges. It is also housing nearly 50 students at a Hempfield hotel this fall.

Officials at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education said the approximately 3.3 million people who graduated in 2008 from American high schools is a record. But after more than 10 years of steady graduation increases, a slight downward trend is projected annually until about 2015, according to the group.

Housing directors said their institutions were aware of those numbers and began changing accommodations on campus in part because of them.

Shawn Urbine, housing director at California University of Pennsylvania, said universities had to balance current demand with reduced possible need in the near future.

Cal U houses about 1,500 students on campus in suite-style residence halls and 800 in 10 similar, university-operated buildings off campus. Previously, the university had 1,200 students on campus and no university-operated housing off campus.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

More College Students Opt to Stay on Campus
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?