GSU working to make room for its students

GRAMBLING, La (KNOE) - Some Grambling State University students who needed a dorm room were turned away and told they could be put on a waiting list.

To make sure all freshmen have a room, officials are asking older students to move off campus.

"We appreciate our upper classman, many of whom who are jumping at the opportunity to jump off campus," President Rick Gallot said Thursday.

When GSU was recruiting for more students to come, officials never thought they'd run out of places to house them.

"We are bursting at the seams," Gourjoine m. Wade, acting Associate VP for Student Affairs, said.

According to Gallot, the school saw a 14% application increase from last year.

He said it's too early to tell how many students are actually enrolled, but leaders know it's more than expected.

The school is making the freshman class a priority.

"We are seeing numbers that we haven't seen in some years, as far as the freshmen class, and the demand for that class to be on campus," Wade said.

GSU has a policy that says out-of-town freshmen have to stay on campus until they have enough credits to move off.

We tried reaching out to some students, but they didn't want to talk on camera. Many took to social media instead writing they believe more than 3,000 freshmen are enrolled.

Gallot said that's not true.

"We don't have that many freshmen, but I think that had to do with the number of who had completed the registration process total," he said.

Some students weren't happy about giving up their rooms or not having one.

"Of course there will be some frustration, because folks want to have service on demand and we want to try and provide that for them," Wade said.

Officials said housing students in its west campus, is an option.
It's a few miles from its main campus.

School starts Monday.