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Culver-Stockton College rearranging campus to make room for more students

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More students are looking to call the campus of Culver-Stockton College home this fall. In fact, so many students are headed to campus this fall, that the college is looking at alternative ways to house the influx in students.

Officials with the school say the college is looking at taking on an incoming class of over 340 students. That's one of the biggest classes in the last decade. Because of that, the college is rearranging existing residence halls and renovating office spaces to accommodate the growth.

Crews are working against the clock putting up dry-wall and moving boxes out of staff offices to make way for the new students.
   
"We've averaged anywhere from 275-300 students," Misty McBee, Admissions Director at C-SC said. "The last two years we've had 300 or more. So this is another significant increase."

To fully utilize what space the campus already has available, the Office of Student Life is relocating. A wing of its former office space, located in the lower level of Johnson Residence Hall, is being renovated into living quarters for approximately 18 students. Underutilized spaces in two other residence halls are also being transformed to accommodate 16 additional students.

"We underestimated our on-campus residency and so it has made an impact on our overall class and where everybody is going to be put," McBee said.
   
C-SC Junior Fred Moore gives tours of campus during student orientation. He's seen first hand the number of kids looking to call Culver-Stockton College home.
   
"There's a lot more college kids coming on campus, a lot of transfers coming in because they see what we have to offer and what we bring to the table and they like the campus," Moore said.
   
Moore says because of that many of those students are opting to live on campus.
   
"It's a small area, so pretty much if you live off-campus you're still on-campus," Moore said. "So it's better to live on campus and actually get involved in the programs and activities."
   
"This is what we've wanted," McBee said. "It's very difficult in this market nationwide for colleges to increase their enrollment. When 30% of colleges are reporting increases nationwide, we're very happy to be a part of that small percentage."

McBee says construction on the current project is expected to be finished by the end of July.
   
She also says as part of a long-term plan, the college also has plans in the works to build a brand new residence hall.
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