By Sarah Plummer
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 http://www.ucwv.edu/ Beckley.
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