Purdue students could face another year of housing shortages

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some Purdue students may be spending a portion of the fall semester in temporary residences, that’s if the university has another year of student housing shortages.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said the university is seeking and enrolling a larger freshman class for the 2017 fall semester.

He said with a flood of applications, a shortage is a possibility.

Daniels said overall capacity has been stretched in the past due to increased enrollment, and added it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have.

“These are manageable problems and they’re the consequence of success and attractiveness that Purdue now [has] with which it’s being viewed as out in the market place of students and families,” Daniels said.

This would be the third year the university has a shortage.

Even if students are placed in alternative housing, most are moved into permanent residences by the end of the fall semester.