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Residence hall occupancy decreases

While residence halls saw a departure of 579 students this semester, an additional 179 moved onto campus.

Sarah Waters, the director of Residence Life, said the number of students who leave from fall to spring semester remains steady through the years.

“It’s very typical that for spring semester we usually have a net loss of about 300 students,” she said.

Waters said even during years when the incoming class was smaller, the number of students who left still remained smaller.

“It averages between 6 to 8 percent [loss],” Waters said. “This is an extremely reliable historical number.”

Each year residence life budgets for a 7 percent loss.

During the fall 2013 semester there were 6,217 students living on campus. This semester the number is down to 5,817, which is a 6.5 percent decrease.

“It’s mostly contributed to students leaving for internships or graduation,” Waters said.

Waters said many students are more willing to sign up for on-campus housing because it is easier to break than a lease.

Waters said although the majority of students do leave for internships or because they graduate there are several other reasons students will leave.

“Some do choose to transfer,” she said.

Waters said she does not think financial reasons play a large role in students breaking their housing agreements.

“I think financial [reasons are] a reason that students end up not being able to stay at [the University] in general,” Waters said. “You can’t stay at [the University] and break your housing agreement; you have to file a financial appeal at that point.”

Raul Fernandez, the hall director for Kreischer Compton Darrow said after students leave the residence hall, the staff does their best to keep the community feeling in the hall.

“[Resident Advisers] are still doing the same work they always do on a day-to-day basis to help make residents make that connection with one another,” he said.

Fernandez said when students leave the residence hall it can be hard on other residents.

“Sometimes an individual’s friends are leaving to move to another residence hall or whatnot, and there is an individual aspect because a lot of people are missing their friends,” he said.

Tess Janczarek, a resident adviser for Kresicher Compton, said the atmosphere in the residence hall does not change a lot when students leave.

“Everyone misses people who leave, but it doesn’t really affect the atmosphere,” she said.

Janczarek said she makes programs to get as many people involved as possible to make sure the feeling of community is there.

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