Rose State To Add Campus Housing

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Rose State College is said to be the fourth most affordable campus in the state.

However, there are some students they can't reach because there is no housing. That will soon be changing.

Rose State College President Dr. Jeanie Webb said, "We're an urban community college."

Rose State College is just off I-40 in Midwest City. It is often referred to as a commuter college. The parking lots are always full of students of all ages.

Though now the college is moving forward with plans to add housing.

Webb said, "We do know not all students want to live in housing. We do know, the research shows, students who do their grade point average is higher and they're more likely to graduate."

Most two year colleges in the state do in fact have housing; however, there are a handful or those colleges, mostly in urban areas, which do not provide housing.

The plan to add housing at Rose State College came about at the request of students.

Trey VanCuren, a Rose State student, said, "I live less than three miles from here but I sure would like to live on campus just to get the atmosphere."

Ryan Melton, another student, said, "I've heard a little negative attitude. People saying Rose State's not big enough for dorms and my answer to that is yes, we are."

The housing development will be built along the Western sides of the campus.

The plan is to have it open in August of 2015.

Melton said, "If we were all living in the same place it would be a little easier to connect with other students."

It will also allow the college to recruit students who would not otherwise be able to come to Rose State College because of the lack of housing.

Webb said, "I think this is something that will really give value and it will add to student involvement on campus."

Rose State plans to start small, saying they will have 144 beds to begin with on campus.

They will consider adding more in the future if necessary.

They do, however, want to continue to serve those who wish to commute to and from the campus.

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