ISU Braces for Bigger Freshman Class

ISU Braces for Bigger Freshman Class

The university received a record-breaking number of applications this fall, but now, the school is juggling where to put everyone.
NORMAL - Illinois State University isn’t worried about a potential problem with its incoming freshman class.

It received a record-breaking number of applications this fall, but now, the school is juggling where to put everyone.

Around 15,000 students applied to join ISU's incoming freshman class this fall.

“Universities all over the country are competing more diligently for students, and there's fewer students out there. So, seeing a larger freshman class is something we're pretty pleased about,” said ISU spokesman Eric Jome.

And the school guarantees that each person accepted, except for local commuters, will have a place to live on campus.

So, far the university has assigned more than 5,9000 students in its freshman and sophomore classes to rooms on campus.

"We've had those types of cases before where things have been a little tight, but, we make room,” said Jome. “There's room, and everyone's being accommodated that needs to be."

Staff members are also now working to manually fill each vacancy.

Despite the higher volume across campus, ISU officials assure students they won't have to do anything out of the ordinary to accommodate everyone.

"We guarantee spots for students with two or less years out of high school, which is the majority of our freshman class. So, there's no need to panic, no hotel rooms that will be filled with ISU students,” said Rachel Kobus, ISU Coordinator of Marketing & Assessment.

School officials say they won't have official statistics for the new freshman class size until school has been in session for 10 days. Students can begin moving in around Aug. 11.

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