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Sep 13, 2011 5:20 PM by Andy Koen

UCCS record enrollment leaves some students scrambling for housing

A record 9,321 of students have enrolled at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs this fall, but that growth comes with challenges. Driving the increase is a record setting  1,352 member freshman class, students who typically need on campus housing.

Roommates Jamar Anderson and Aaron McGlasson have settled into their new apartment but would have preferred to live in the dorms.

"I came up here for the college experience," Anderson said. "I wanted to be in the dorms, meet new people, interact with a bunch of people and that's something that I'm missing out on."

Anderson and McGlasson were among the 90 or so students left on a waiting list for campus housing this semester. They signed their lease at an apartment complex on Van Teylingen Drive two days before the start of school.

"I was really starting to stress out about how I was going to go to college because I didn't even have a car to sleep in," McGlasson said.

As a freshman, McGlasson says living this far off campus is challenging. He is far enough away that he needs to take the bus, but he scheduled his classes thinking he would be living on campus.

"They stop running at 6:55 and my classes sometimes get out at 8:30 at night," McGlasson said. "So, I have to take taxis from the campus to back home."

The campus currently has enough room for 900 students. On Tuesday the CU Board of Regents approved a $16 million expansion that should add another 200 beds. Board Chairman Kyle Hybl says the extra rooms should help the campus to continue growing in the future.

"It's designated the growth campus in the CU system and it's really a gem for our community," Hybl said.

Construction of the new dormitories is expected to begin during the spring semester.

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