Dorms open to all students in the fall

More variety of housing offered to students living on campus

By Sydney Wegner
On March 7, 2014

Certain dorms will no longer be dedicated to first-year students beginning in the fall of 2014.

 "We will continue to program with the needs of first-year students in mind, and we welcome all ASU students to participate in our programming efforts," Assistant Director of Residential Programs Tracy Baker said.  "The facilities and staff are very fine across campus, and I am confident that we can meet the needs of our students whether they are in dedicated first-year buildings or not."

This new arrangement will give students a broader selection of housing, whether they are first year students or upperclassmen.

"This year, first-year students were assigned to Plaza Verde, Mary and Robert Massie, and a dedicated portion of Centennial Village," Baker said.

However, this is not a new proposition. First-year students did not have dedicated housing until three years ago.

"We moved to first-year halls to try to meet the unique needs of the first-time college student," Baker said. "While this has been very successful, what we have found is that students really want to renew to live in the halls where they currently reside.  This new/old model will allow us to meet both of those needs. It also allows us to offer halls in all price ranges to all students."

Sophomore Zane Brorman said living in the dorms helps students to meet people and allows students to know of different events going on.

"I lived in Plaza Verde my first semester, and it was amazing how they had the TVs and couches set up to where we were basically forced out of our rooms to talk to people," freshman Bailee Cook said. "I met some of my best friends that way. I wouldn't change a thing about it. I feel like being allocated with peers who were going through the same thing as me helped me to get through my first year as a freshman."

Baker said living in the dorms allows students to be in touch with students, unlike off-campus living.

 "We have beautiful, top-notch buildings, and our students recognize that our housing options are at least as good, and most often better than, other institutions in Texas," she said.

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