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Spring Housing Guide

Possible changes for living on campus

The Office of Residence Life may be making some changes to make living on campus more appealing for upperclassmen and incoming freshmen alike.

Offering a 12-month housing plan, providing more singles for students and transferring to a different, more efficient system for housing assignments are just three ways the office is promoting, said Michael Griffel, director of residence life.

The reason? The University wants more students to stay on campus.

In fact, a 12-month housing plan would allow students to live in a particular dorm for an entire calendar year.

“You would move in in August … you would stay in your room from move-in day until a few days before school started the next August,” Griffel said. “So you wouldn’t have to move.”

As students rely more on year-round housing, Griffel said he and his staff think the proposed 12-month plan would help students feel at home in the dorms. Students could even celebrate the holidays in their dorm rooms.

Students can receive a 7 percent to 15 percent discount on room and board for that year if they sign up for the program.

Griffel said administrators are still unsure what dorms on campus will be implemented in this program, but Rodgers, Founders and Offenhauer are being considered. The chosen locations will feature year-round floors.

“I am not sure students understand the opportunities here during the summer both academically and co-curricularly and I am hoping this will facilitate people to take advantage of what BGSU offers during the summer,” Griffel said.

The office is also hoping to offer single dorm rooms to students.

“We actually offered more single rooms [this year] which we don’t typically do,” Begley said. “We know students are requesting singles at a more frequent basis these days.”

But the number of singles offered to students depends on many other factors, including the size of the incoming freshmen class.

“Every year we forecast what our on-campus residency is going to be […] and based on that we make decisions as to do we offer more single rooms? Do we look at leasing more apartments?” Begley said.

Figuring out the number of incoming freshmen is more of an art then a science, said Gary Swegan, assistant vice provost and director of admissions.

Sewgan said the Office of Admissions looks at past historical data and trends. Based on current applications received, they try to determine the number of incoming students.

The University expects an increase in the number of incoming freshmen next year, Swegan said.

“We work very closely with admissions to make sure we are all on the same page when it comes to anticipating enrollment,” Begley said.

To ensure they don’t offer to many singles, Begley and Griffel both said they can only offer so many single rooms.

“We have to put a cap on singles,” Griffel said. “But we try to be very conscious to offer as many singles as possible. The proposal [for next year] is 700 singles right now.”

Griffel added that many students nationally are more interested in living with a roommate[s], instead of having single rooms.

As students get older, they are more interested in living by themselves, Griffel said.

The office also hopes to improve the current housing software. The new program, called PeopleSoft, will allow students more options when it comes to housing assignments.

“We are looking forward to moving into that system because it is going to allow students to have more flexibility with their housing assignment process,” Begely said. “It is a much more of a self-serve system. [Students] will be able to choose where you are going to live, who your roommate is going to be.”

Begely said they hope to implement PeopleSoft by 2009.

University sophomore Elizabeth Stempak, who plans to move off-campus next year, said she would only live on campus again if it’s cheaper. Once she learned about the 12-month plan she said she would consider the option.

“It would make things easier for me in the summer,” she said. “I think it is an awesome idea.”

Griffel and Begely both want to hear student responses when it comes to student housing.

“Everyone has individual circumstances,” Begley said. “We encourage [students] to come talk to us. We are accessible and you can come chat with us about any situation you are in.”


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