Why some new Michigan State University students will find overcrowded dorm rooms

EAST LANSING – Some new students at Michigan State University this fall could find themselves living in crowded dorm rooms.

MSU’s policy requiring students to live on-campus for their first two years will be reinstated this fall, mandating most freshman and sophomores to live in on-campus dorms. However, MSU is also anticipating a large incoming class of freshman and transfer students.

Hundreds of freshman or transfer students – about 7% of the incoming class will find themselves as an extra roommate in rooms designed for fewer students. At MSU, either three students will bunk in dorm rooms that normally house just two students, or five will live in rooms designed for four students. This setup, known as transitional housing, will be in place until additional spaces open up in MSU’s dorms.

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