This year during housing sign-ups, Queens is doing something different than in most years. Upcoming juniors were given the opportunity to enter a “junior off-campus lottery” which would give them a privilege normally only granted to seniors.
Given that this is happening directly after the sale of North would make it seem that the two are related, though this is not the case, according to Amber Perrell, [title]. Perrell says that Barnhardt coming back online next year offsets the loss of beds created by the sale of North. The real issue, she says, is that enrollment for next fall is looking higher than usual.
Higher enrollment may initially be linked to the recent announcements of several new sports teams to Queens, including men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s rugby, baseball, and wrestling, however this is also not the case, says Perrell.
She says that recent strategies were already beginning to help recruitment with the task of increasing numbers. “The new sports were just icing on the cake,” said Perrell.
After the junior off-campus lottery was announced, 28 students signed up, says Perrell. Of those 28, 18 students were randomly selected to be released from their housing contract and free to look for off-campus housing.
If those students can’t find off-campus housing or end up deciding that they don’t want to stay off-campus, they are free to submit their choices for on-campus housing options beginning on April 9, after all the students who will definitely be staying on-campus make their choices, Perrell says.
The 10 who signed up for the lottery and weren’t selected have been told that may still get a chance to be released later should any of the selected students end up choosing to live on-campus, says Perrell. For now, though, those students have to go through the room selection process just like most students.
As for North, which looking back now may have helped with the excess enrollment issues, Queens wasn’t actually looking to sell it, says Perrell. A contractor came to Queens offering them about 3.7 million dollars for the land and property. Over time, North had lost parking which in turn meant less capacity for residents, eventually falling to about 40 beds. Queens decided that the deal was pretty good for how few residents it could hold, and agreed to sell it, according to Perrell.
With better recruitment, more sports down the road, and not enough beds to compensate for the increased enrollment, what does Queens plan to do next? “[We’re] definitely going to need to be looking long-term for another housing option,” Perrell said.