ODU: housing guaranteed for returning freshmen

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Housing officials at Old Dominion University say concerns among returning freshmen about a “housing crunch” are unfounded.

When those students begin their sophomore year in the fall, they will have on-campus housing, according to Ellen Neufeldt, Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services.

“You are guaranteed housing, it’s just a matter of waiting for your residence hall to be assigned to you,” Neufeldt said.

ODU is making progress on the priority list, which is the names of students waiting for room assignments. Originally the list had 500 names, then 350, and, as of Thursday, it holds 165. The process began in February and will continue for the next several weeks. The initial target to have everyone on the list assigned was July 15, but Neufeldt said the school is ahead of schedule.

“We usually give it to about July, but we’re running ahead of schedule for next year,” Neufeldt said.

ODU sent out a series of four letters from early March through early April — three to students, one to parents — saying that housing was guaranteed. But four students in our original Ten On Your Side investigation, and two of their parents, thought the housing for rising sophomores was uncertain.

Neufeldt wants to dispel that notion.

“I don’t understand that either,” she said. “We want people to understand that they will have housing, and we want them to live with us, and that’s why we send these letters out. If you start with us as a freshman student in the residence halls, then you can return as a sophomore and live in our residence halls. That part is guaranteed.”

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