Tech Seeking Alternative Housing For Record-Size Student Body

SOCORRO, N.M. June 30, 2010 – New Mexico Tech is asking for community volunteers to help house students during the fall 2010 semester.

New student enrollment has exceeded previous records, leading to a housing crunch on campus. Therefore, university administrators are considering a variety of alternatives, including private residences near the Socorro campus.

With less than two months before the beginning of the fall semester, the Residential Life office already has committed more than 95 percent of the dorm rooms.

“Our Admission Office counselors have done an amazing job of bringing new students to New Mexico Tech,” Vice President of Student and University Relations Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming said. “We are proud of the fact that more and more students want to come to school in Socorro; however, we have nearly reached maximum capacity for on-campus housing.”

The university is considering a variety of options for housing students expected to be on a waiting list for on-campus housing. One of those options is private homes.

Residential Life coordinator and interim director Mitchell Tappen said he and his staff are working diligently to provide housing to as many students as possible.

“We want to reach out to community members who could board students temporarily,” he said. “As the fall semester progresses, we expect to be able to bring those students on the waiting list into the dorms. In the interim, we’re looking at alternative strategies.”
Anyone interested in boarding a Tech student should call the Residential Life Office at 835-5900.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech