Southeastern campus housing full
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Campus housing at Southeastern Louisiana University will be over 100 percent capacity this fall, as students have registered for all available on-campus residential space.
Southeastern has nine residence halls that together house approximately 1,700 students. Two additional complexes – Southeastern Oaks, which provides two- and four-bedroom apartments and The Village, which is designed as organizational housing – house an additional 600 students.
“Demand for housing at Southeastern has reached its highest level in more than 25 years,” said Assistant Vice President for Operations Sam Domiano. “The residence halls have consistently been at or near full capacity since the completion of our new facilities in 2005; however, the demand has continued to increase.”
Southeastern has reported that applications for the fall semester from beginning freshmen, transfer and graduate students are up compared to this time last year, which contributes to the demand for on-campus housing.
In order to meet the increased demand, Southeastern has doubled some private rooms, tripled some double rooms and established a waiting list.
“While the university has a waiting list of approximately 150 students, we are working diligently to accommodate as many students as possible and will continue to do so through the start of the fall semester,” Domiano said. “Any student not placed this fall will be given the option to update their housing application to the spring semester and will receive priority placement for that term. Other students that we are unable to place will receive a full refund.”
Domiano attributes the success of the housing program at Southeastern to the fact that Southeastern offers newer facilities designed to meet the needs and expectations of today’s students.
“Southeastern views on-campus housing as a privilege and has set academic standards that students choosing to live on-campus must meet,” said Domiano. “This has resulted in an increase in the retention of continuing students and also has had a positive impact on our ability to recruit new students to our facilities.”
He said an increasing number of students are seeing the advantages of living on campus, including living closer to their classes and academic services, convenient parking, and the opportunities to meet and live with a diverse population and become involved in student activities. Also especially attractive during tough economic times is the reduced cost of living on campus when compared to living off-campus.