Huge freshmen class at Miami University

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) – Miami University is facing a housing shortage as it brings in its largest class ever.

The school welcomed more than 3,800 new students to its main campus this past week, the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported.

The school has contracted three apartment complexes to house more than 300 upperclassmen due to a shortage of on-campus housing, said university spokeswoman Claire Wagner. Those students still must pay on-campus housing rates though, as the university provides advisers, hall directors and custodians.

Some dorm advisers also are receiving a $100 weekly housing credit and a $500 gift card to the university bookstore because they’re getting roommates. School officials expect the class size to shrink, though, as students decide to leave in the first few days.

Just over half of the incoming students are from Ohio while 8 percent of the class is coming from outside of the country, according to the university.

The university now has a full-time recruiter working in China, and recruiters are seeking students in states such as Connecticut, Illinois and California.

Trisha Balda, 18, of Illinois, is moving into Havighurst Hall. She said became interested in the school because her sister attends Miami.

“I fell in love with it after that,” Balda said of visiting her sister on campus. “I just like the environment.”

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