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Campus housing filled at Penn State Mont Alto

Penn State Mont Alto looking to add to its off-campus housing list

Penn State Mont Alto looking to add to its off-campus housing list

July 10, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Residence halls are full for the fall semester at the 10 Penn State University campuses that offer housing, college officials have reported.

With 95 prospective students on a waiting list for housing at the Mont Alto campus, the school is scrambling to add to its index of off-campus rental properties before the undergraduates go elsewhere.

"If they don't find housing, they won't show up," said Holly Cieri, public relations manager for the local campus.

She said enrollment from outside of Franklin, Fulton, Adams and Cumberland counties is up 13 percent, increasing the number of students hailing from beyond a commutable distance.

Stephanie Light was one of those students when she began her Mont Alto experience more than three years ago.

A resident of the Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., area, Light didn't want to drive an hour and a half to school. She lived first in the Mont Alto Hall traditional dormitories, then moved into the suite-style buildings.

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"To me, there's a huge benefit because it saves on gas, and I can get a job on campus," Light said.

The 21-year-old enters training Aug. 14 to become a resident assistant again. While working this summer, though, Light is subleasing a Waynesboro, Pa., apartment from friends because the residence halls are closed.

"When I was searching, rent was very high in this area," Light said.

College leaders maintain a list of off-campus housing and post it at www.ma.psu.edu. The goal now is to increase the options included on that list.

"We're just looking for people who have rental properties and would be willing to rent them to college students," Cieri said.

The school does not inspect properties or make judgments on their suitability, but it does need written assurance from landlords that they will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin or sex, according to the Web site.

Property owners wishing to be added to the list may call Kathy Swope at 717-749-6094.

Penn State Mont Alto has 1,100 students and three residence halls that can house 450 people.

The residence halls typically fill in August, but they were full in early May in anticipation of the fall 2007 semester, Cieri said.

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