Growing Demand for On Campus Housing Leads to Changes for Wallace Hall

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Ames, IOWA – With the anticipation of another large freshman class and a steady demand for on campus housing from current residents, the Department of Residence has announced plans to convert nine floors in Wallace Hall from singles to double rooms for the 2012-13 school year. The tenth floor will remain singles designated for upperclassmen.

The decision comes a year after record enrollment led the Department of Residence to convert Wilson Hall from single to double rooms.

“More than ever, students believe in the advantages and experiences of living on campus,” said Director of Residence Pete Englin. “We want to provide everyone who requests to live on campus the opportunity to do so.”

In order to accommodate the larger student population, Wallace Hall rooms will receive new furniture this summer, including lofted beds, desks, a wardrobe cabinet, and a Microfridge. Students will have access to outdoor recreation facilities, a fitness room, and a commons area featuring ample study space.

Research shows freshmen who live on campus at ISU record a higher GPA than their off campus peers. To promote academic and personal success, the Department of Residence will be hiring a full-time hall director for Wallace Hall. Residents will have the opportunity to work closely with community advisors and the new hall director when they want more information about academic support, leadership opportunities and personal issues.

Wallace and Wilson Hall are located on the southern part of campus. Together, they form the Towers Neighborhood. The Department of Residence is anticipating a lively community filled with over 1,000 students for the Fall 2012 semester.

“Students are recognizing the advantages of living in vibrant, supportive communities like the Towers Neighborhood,” said Englin. “We’ll continue to do everything we can to promote their academic and personal success.”

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