The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

April 5, 2013

School to offer half-price housing

BECKLEY — To help promote a strong and vibrant on-campus student body, University of Char-leston-Beckley will be offering a special residence hall rate for 2013-14 — half of the current academic school year’s rate, UC-Beckley President Jerry Forster announced Thursday.

Students will be offered a yearly rate of $1,800 for next fall and spring, and those who sign on to live in Hogan Hall next academic school year will keep their half-priced rate for up to four years while enrolled.

“We are working hard to build enrollment across UC-Beckley online, in commuter student population and in-seat student population. One of the most critical pieces to this process is creating a vibrant student life environment where students can grow socially and professionally, and we need students in the residence halls to do that,” said Forster.

Forster said students who live on campus are more likely to participate in campus activities, student activity boards, academic groups and special interest clubs and organizations.

In addition, students who choose residential living for college are more likely to graduate and have better academic achievement, he explained.

UC-Beckley hopes to attract 200 students to fill Hogan Hall over the next two years.

Hogan Hall, located directly across from the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, offers lounges for studying and socializing, laundry facilities, free cable, and wireless Internet. It is also within walking distance of downtown Beckley and the YMCA.

“We believe our campus residence halls are extremely attractive in regard to the price and quality of the facilities,” he added.

Forster said the university would like to see the overall Beckley enrollment increase from 500 to 800 in the fall, particularly focusing on on-campus students, which may be a time intensive task.

The area president explain-ed that even at its height in 2009 and 2010, Mountain State University had just over 200 residential students, filling little more than half its dorm space.

He also noted this rate reduction has been made possible through private and corporate donors within the community who are receptive to UC-Beckley’s presence.

Forster said UC-Beckley is currently recruiting international students as well as out-of-state students to help build their resident population in addition to their recruitment efforts across southern West Virginia.

UC has hired an English as a Second Language/International Student Coordinator who will spend a significant part of their time in Beckley.

The special rate for fall and spring applies to double occupancy rooms and is open to students enrolled full-time at the Beckley location.

Application are currently being accepted.

For more information, visit Beckley.

— E-mail:

Text Only
Local News
  • Concord names Dr. Boggess as new president

    The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president, contingent upon approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

    April 23, 2014

  • fff Experts help growing entrepreneurs

    For farmers like the Yateses, there’s money on the table. They got to learn what and where some of those resources are at the Farm, Food, Finance seminar held at the Sandstone Visitor Center on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trucking association asks drivers to put down phones and drive safely

    As part of National Distracted Driving Month, the West Virginia Trucking Association is asking fellow drivers to put down the phone, according to a press release from the association.

    April 23, 2014

  • Rahall calls meeting on W.Va.’s drug problem

    U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state’s prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042314 News APP Power.jpg Utility gets public input for project

    Construction on a $56 million transmission improvement project will begin in Fayette County come November, and representatives of Appalachian Power Company hosted a public workshop Tuesday at Midland Trail High School in order to gather community feedback before construction officially gets underway.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042314 News Burlington Circus Tix.jpg Burlington kids going to circus

    After a donation from a radio station, a group of local kids soon will get to see the wonders of the big top.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewisburg takes initial step toward ‘Home Rule’

    While the state Department of Commerce touts the success of phase I of the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program, a Greenbrier County city hopes to be included in phase II, which will continue until July 1, 2019.

    April 23, 2014

  • United Way to host ‘One Day Without Shoes’ walk

    Everyone is invited to take off their shoes for a walk around town April 29 to raise global awareness about child poverty.

    April 23, 2014

  • Women’s Resource Center to show free film for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    In effort to bring awareness and prevention, the Women’s Resource Center will host a free showing of the 2012 movie “Bully.”

    April 23, 2014

  • Ask the WVU experts on Facebook

    From graduation to gardening, West Virginia University Extension Service experts will provide their advice to participants’ specific questions during a new, weekly, one-hour question and answer session through its Facebook page.

    April 23, 2014