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M.S.U. Predicting Record Enrollment

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Montana State University is expecting to set a record with the number of students yet again this year.

In the 120 years Montana State University has been a college, it's never seen more than 15,000 students, but that is expected to change.

M.S.U. officials said they project this will be the highest enrollment for a freshman class, and the university as a whole.

M.S.U. Dean of Students Matt Caires said they're still calculating the final numbers.

"I think M.S.U. has momentum right now," said Caires. "There's an energy on campus that you can just feel. People are excited to be there."

Caires said they've added about 50 new faculty members to keep up with the growing student population.

But students on campus say they're noticing a difference.

"I have noticed more people on campus," said Alex Dulmes, M.S.U. junior. "It is harder to weave between people to get to classes."

Caires said those students are coming to M.S.U. from all over.

"We are still attracting a lot of Montana students, which is really important for us.  We are also attracting more and more out of state students that is really where our largest growth is coming from."

We won't know the official numbers until sometime next week.

The university waits until the 15th day of classes to make the official count, which is Monday.

Housing Issues

With the record enrollment, M.S.U. is trying to find places to house all the students.

The university plans to ask the Board of Regents to borrow money to build a new 400-bed residence hall.

They just added 93 beds in the new Gallatin Hall, and renovated Quad F, adding beds there.

Recently, M.S.U. converted 272 rooms from single rooms to double rooms and moved more than 200 freshmen to family and graduate apartments.

Even 192 students were sleeping in rooms designed as lounges.

The board of regents will be meeting next week at Montana Tech in Butte.

If approved, the new residence hall is slated to open in 2016.

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