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UCSD dorm rooms overflowing


Aired 4/19/09

UC San Diego begins its first full week of classes today. Campus officials say a record-number of freshman students are cramming into dormitories and classes this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.


UCSD accepted more freshman students this fall than ever before. Campus officials say more than 4,500 freshman are attending classes. That’s 400 more than they anticipated. There’s also a record number of students living on campus. The university was forced to make room for 727 extra people. UCSD Housing Services Director Mark Cunningham says many dorm rooms were converted over the summer to fit three people.

Cunningham: “Seven hundred twenty-seven - that’s a gigantic number for us…gigantic. We don’t normally triple. And essentially it’s crowded, its tight…but you know, its functional.

Cunningham says students have until the end of October to end their housing contract if they decide the dorms are too cramped. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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