SUNY Canton Needs New Dorm To Handle Record Enrollment

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A vacant field next to SUNY Canton's University Police Office may soon become home to a new 304-room residence hall.

With SUNY Canton enrollment at a record high with just under 3,400 students, the college has been finding it harder each year to house its students.
 
"We started this year with renting rooms in local hotels to house our students we were so overbooked," said SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy.                                   
 
The college has seen dramatic growth over the past few years with enrollment up more than 60 percent since the 1998-99 academic year.

With beds in campus residence halls already filled, the college is pressing ahead with plans for the proposed $22 million residence hall project.
 
College officials are still working out the final financial details that will be used to pay for the new residence hall project.

If all goes as planned, it could be built and in use within the next year or two.

The project still needs approval from State University of New York's Board of Trustees.
 
College officials say they are optimistic the financial package will fall into place as it gears up to add as many as five new bachelor degrees within the next year.

With that comes even more students.

College officials say they are also considering building a second new residence hall in 2011 or 2012 near its $41 million athletic facility now under construction.

Friday, November 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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