Department of Residence welcomes record number of students

The Department of Residence welcomed 12,237 Iowa State students to their Cyclone homes this fall marking a record number of students in campus housing and an increase of 8.6%% over fall 2013 when the department was home to 11,270 students.

The areas of growth came from transfer, family and returning student populations. 

“Our focus is on student success and that hasn’t changed,” said Pete Englin, Department of Residence Director. “Students who live with us achieve higher GPAs, retain to Iowa State at a stronger rate, they’re more involved and they graduate with less debt when they live with us. It’s a testament to the experience we provide that more and more students are choosing to live with us.”

To accommodate more students, the department has made several changes over the past few years. 

Dens have been used as student rooms for the past two years and are also being used this fall. Students live in dens during the fall semester and are typically relocated by the spring semester.

Construction began in November 2012 to add six buildings with a total of 720 bed spaces to the Frederiksen Court apartment community. Buildings opened for occupancy as soon as they were completed with all six open for this fall. 

The department leased the Legacy building in Campustown and several apartment buildings called Maricopa in west Ames in fall 2013.  This fall, the department added an additional 250 spaces in the Maricopa area for a total of 1060 off-campus leased spaces.

The Iowa Board of Regents gave the Department of Residence permission to plan for a new residence hall to be located adjacent to the current Buchanan Hall. If permission to build is given, the new residence hall would likely open sometime during the 2016-17 academic year.