Adapting Residence Hall Capacity

Implications and Considerations

Topics: Residence Life, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • Have other universities grown in enrollment and become unable to guarantee housing to first-year students?
  • What effects have these institutions seen on matriculation and student satisfaction as a result of limited housing?


Given fluctuations in enrollment in recent years, some institutions struggle to meet demand for on-campus housing. This brief profiles five institutions that have recently adapted capacity in residence halls, focusing on strategies for meeting demand for housing with limited resources. Additionally, the report addresses strategies for ensuring a strong residential community and keeping students engaged as university-affiliated housing capacity changes.

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