CSU–Pueblo books hotel rooms to help with rising enrollment

Colorado State University-Pueblo has booked 120 rooms at two hotels near the campus to provide a short-term solution to the housing crunch caused by what likely will be the largest freshmen class in the school’s history.

The University has leased rooms at both the Clarion Motel, 4001 North Elizabeth, and Quality Inns and Suites, 3910 Outlook Blvd., for the upcoming academic year in anticipation of record enrollments this fall. Overall enrollment is projected to rise 10-15 percent in the fall, while new freshmen numbers are up more than 60 percent compared to last year.

Seventy rooms at the Clarion Inn will house four staff and up to 132 students, while the Quality Inn and Suites, address, will provide 50 rooms for three staff and 97 students. Both facilities will provide weekly linen change and daily trash disposal, continental breakfast, access to exercise equipment, swimming pools, and meeting rooms, when available. Students also will have access to the business centers housed in each property. Student programming will be offered at the off-campus sites, and the judicial, safety, and security policies will be the same as are in place at the on-campus Belmont Residence Hall. A limited number of general education classes also are expected to be offered at the sites for the convenience of the residents.

According to A. Ramon Garcia, director of auxiliary services, the University received an extremely positive response from the business community.

“This effort shows the willingness of the community to partner with the institution and to provide services necessary to accommodate our growing student population,” he said.

Garcia said residence hall staff will live in the off-site facilities along with the students to help smooth their transition to college life. The University is working with city transit officials in order to offer transportation options for the students at the off-site residence facilities Students will pay the same rates at the two remote residence halls as they would at the on-campus Belmont Residence Hall.

Students living in the off-site residence halls will continue to sign room contracts with the University, which will handle all lease transactions with the hotels. To complement the existing meal plan options, the University also has developed two additional options for the off-site student residents, which incorporate 5 or 10 weekly meals in the on-campus Columbine Cafeteria and “cash points” for use at other food venues on campus.

The University broke ground last month on the first phase of a three-phase residence hall project that will ultimately add 750-beds to the on-campus housing capacity. Completion of the first phase will provide an additional 253 on-campus beds for the Fall, 2009 semester.

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