Ole Miss expects record enrollment

OXFORD – University of Mississippi officials expect their second consecutive record freshman class at the Oxford campus when school starts in August.
“Last year our final numbers were 2,576 freshmen, which was the largest freshman class we had ever had,” said Larry Ridgeway, vice chancellor for student affairs. “All our numbers that we see lead us to believe we’ll have more than that this year.”
So far, 3,421 prospective freshmen have applied for on-campus housing. Not all actually will enroll, but others will be added to the list. Ole Miss has rooms for 4,800 students.
“The university policy is that freshmen are guaranteed housing,” said Lorinda Krhut, director of student housing. The guarantee is made because freshmen, unless married or living with their families, are required to live on campus.
Ridgeway expects enrollments not just among freshmen but in other classifications as well.
“From new freshmen to new transfer students to returning students, we expect increases in enrollment,” Ridgeway said. “Obviously you can’t count them until you see them sitting in those seats in September.”
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning are assigned to count official enrollment on the 10th day of classes.
Ole Miss will have added more than 1,200 new housing spaces on campus in two years when the Luckyday Residential College opens in August.
Last year the university opened its first residential college and purchased Campus Walk apartment complex, which adjoins the campus’ west side.
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