Enrollment at universities across the country continues to grow. But at the same time, so does the demand for student housing. The Gen Y population of roughly 80 million has come of (college) age, and universities are struggling to keep up.
According to a new white paper, "Surging Student Populations Stress On-Campus Housing," released in June by the National Student Housing Council (NSHC), more than 3 million high school students are expected to graduate every year until the 2018-2019 school year. And although more students than ever are pursuing a higher education due to the current economic situation, only five states ( California, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland and Utah) have been able to provide enough dorm beds to maintain residency levels against growing enrollments, according to the report.
The NSHC gauged discrepancies in many states by looking at how well states maintained status quo in providing enough on-campus dorm housing to keep the same percentage of student populations housed, from 2000 to 2010. Here’s a look at 10 states that would have needed to house an additional 12,000 students at minimum during the 2009-2010 school year to maintain the same percentage as they had during the 1999-2000 academic year: