FAMU turns students away from dorms with campus housing at capacity

Classes start soon at Florida A&M University, and some incoming freshmen are scrambling to find off-campus housing as the school announced its dorms are full.
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 9:30 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Less than six weeks before the start of classes at Florida A&M University, some incoming freshmen are scrambling to find off-campus housing as the university announces its dormitories are full.

FAMU says all of its beds are full. That leaves nearly 600 students who are on the waitlist without a place to live, with classes starting in less than six weeks.

“Due to overwhelming interest in attending Florida A&M University, and the desire of new and returning students to reside on campus, we have reached our capacity in housing,” said William E. Hudson, Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs in a statement released by the university. “We sincerely apologize to all students who want to live on campus.”

FAMU housing director Jennifer Wilder said, like most universities, FAMU accepts more students than it has space for, knowing that some will decline the offer.

“Think about it like an airline,” Wilder said. “They overbook flights because they know a certain percentage of people are not going to show up. You want to be as close to your projected enrollment, I want to be as close to being 100% full in housing as possible.”

This year, their projections were off.

The university says it has seen a spike in demand for on-campus housing for the fall semester, attributing that to a larger freshman class, a surge in transfer students, and high inflation making off-campus housing options more expensive.

FAMU’s Office of Housing has provided a link for students searching for off campus housing: https://offcampushousing.famu.edu/.

But one parent who reached out to WCTV said the university needs to do more.

“I’m very angry,” she said. “I’m upset.”

Donyette is the mother of an incoming freshman. She asked us not to use her full name. She said she’s angry that FAMU didn’t notify parents sooner.

“It’s like they’ve left us out on our own,” Donyette said.

She said if she had known this would happen, her daughter might have made a different decision.

“I’m really angry,” she said. “Because we could have chosen another school if we knew that she wasn’t gonna have a place to stay.”

The university has 2,450 on-campus beds at residence halls, including FAMU Towers, Polkinghorne Villages, Sampson & Young, Palmetto and Phase III. All of those beds are full.

Students will start moving in to campus housing on Aug. 15. Classes begin on Aug. 22.

The university says FAMU students can ride StarMetro buses for free to get to campus. There’s also a shuttle that provides transportation to designated off campus apartment complexes.

Freshmen who reside off-campus will be provided an exception for parking and permitted to register a vehicle on campus, the university says.

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