Bill Kibler, vice president for student affairs, tells The Commercial Dispatch that 400 upperclassmen were turned down. He says the action came before school began so they had time to find off-campus housing.
With few exceptions, incoming freshmen are required to live on campus. The university currently is housing more than 4,000 students.
A new 350-room residence hall was opened in time for classes this fall, but additional new on-campus housing won't be open until the fall of 2012, at the earliest.
Kibler says MSU had 2,450 freshman on campus last fall. He says this year's class is about 10 percent bigger. The state College Board will release official numbers next month.