With uptick in enrollment, Howard University braces for housing shortage (subscription)

By: | August 2, 2021

Howard University is anticipating a larger-than-average freshman class — about 2,300 compared to 1,834 in the fall of 2019 — an enrollment surge that comes after months of victories for the historically Black campus, including multimillion dollar donations and the ascension of graduate Kamala D. Harris to the vice presidency.

The school enrolled more than 2,200 first-time freshmen last fall, an uptick that could be accommodated when students were learning remotely. But now, as the campus plans for another big freshman class, it is also bracing for a shortage of housing, officials acknowledged.

Other factors are also adding pressure to the school — including a larger-than-normal number of upperclassmen who want to live on campus, higher retention rates and safety measures that will restrict campus housing to two students per room — creating a perfect storm.

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