For some Purdue University Fort Wayne students, school will start at Holiday Inn.
The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports that housing requests are 3 percent over capacity. Housing director Jordyn Hogan says overbooking could be the result of recruitment efforts.
Eric Norman, PFW’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, said it’s due to making living on campus more attractive to students.
“We think we’ve been able to really show and develop the experience you’re going to have by living on campus,” said Norman. “I think between tying all of those different elements together and really actually showcasing what Purdue Fort Wayne is, there’s been an increase in interest to live on campus.”
The university says it will accommodate up to 5 percent over capacity by putting students on the overflow list up at a nearby Holiday Inn. The school could spend up to $80,000 for hotel stays.
PFW has reserved 60 of the Holiday Inn’s 151 rooms, but that number could fluctuate as students make their final decisions on where to live.
For now, the plan is to keep the students living at the hotel for 30 days. Holiday Inn General Manager Rob Evans says that “could be longer or it could be shorter” depending on when students make their final living decisions and what those decisions are.
Start-of-school on-campus occupancy has been less than 80 percent for nearly a decade. There are 1,100 beds in 13 buildings.
Evans said this could be an opportunity to improve PFW’s Hospitality program.
“Our partnership with Purdue Fort Wayne with the hospitality school…it would be excellent that some of these people are coming to the hotel to stay, really take a look at the hotel and say ‘this is kind of nice’ and maybe we can possibly enhance the hospitality program as well,” Evans said.
Officials expect most of the hotel visitors to be moved into campus housing within a few weeks after school starts after the school determines how many students who registered for campus housing don’t come.