More community colleges in New York considering building on-campus student housing
In June, Dutchess Community College broke ground on a 465-bed residential hall.
In Schenectady, the community college is working with a company to build a student housing complex adjacent to the campus.
At Finger Lakes Community College, a residential hall opened in 2007 and officials want to add more to meet a demand that leads to a long wait list in the fall.
Across New York, at least 15 of the state's 30 community colleges have student housing, and the list is growing.
SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury might soon join the group. The community college has designs for a 406-bed housing facility on campus, and is now determining the cost and means to finance it.
Like other community colleges, SUNY Adirondack has seen a surge in enrollment over the last two years at the same time it faces cuts in state aid.
Student housing has allowed community colleges to raise enrollment, increase revenue, add diversity and provide a complete college experience.
Some have distinct programs that draw students from afar, but need to provide them with a place to live. Others have seen local students who wanted on-campus living with the affordable cost of a community college.