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SOCORRO, N.M. July 12, 2011 – For the second year in a row, the incoming freshman class is expected to be the largest ever at New Mexico Tech.

New student enrollment has exceeded last year’s pace, leading to another housing crunch on campus. University administrators are considering a variety of alternatives, including private residences near the Socorro campus and hotels.

With less than six weeks before the beginning of the fall semester, the Residential Life office already has a waiting list of 25 students who want to live on campus.

“Our Admission Office counselors have done an amazing job of bringing new students to New Mexico Tech,” Vice President of Student and University Relations Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming said. “We are proud of the fact that more and more students want to come to school in Socorro; however, we have nearly reached maximum capacity for on-campus housing.”

Residential Life Director Mitchell Tappen said he and his staff are working diligently to provide on-campus housing to as many students as possible.

The university is considering a variety of options for housing students expected to be on a waiting list for on-campus housing. One of those options is private homes. Tappen said Tech will assist students who opt to find off-campus apartments as well.

“We want to reach out to community members who could board students temporarily,” he said. “As the fall semester progresses, we expect to be able to bring those students on the waiting list into the dorms. In the interim, we’re looking at alternative strategies.”

Anyone interested in boarding a Tech student should call the Residential Life Office at 835-5900.

The Board of Regents in July approved a revenue bond for $14.5 million to begin construction of a new 150-bed dorm (and raze Baca Hall). That facility would not be ready for occupancy until the 2013-2014 school year at the earliest.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech