Virginia Tech is the first choice for many applicants looking for a quality education and who could blame them? The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the professors are some of the best in the nation. There are great sports programs, and the food is top quality. There are very few flaws with the university that brings together a community of over 28,000 amazing students.
However, that number may be a problem, especially for upperclassmen opting to live on campus next year. If you were one of these upperclassmen, then you probably received an email from housing and residence life director Kenneth Belcher.
It said, “Housing and Residence Life has more housing contracts than we would prefer at this point and are asking students who may want to live off campus to consider this offer.”
The email goes on to encourage these students to cancel their contracts and receive their $100 deposit in addition to $150 of bonus Dining Dollars on their fall meal plan. It sounds like a very sweet deal, and it would be something I would consider if not for taking eighteen credits next semester.
It then takes a much more grim tone afterward. After stating ways that the housing and residence life staff will attempt to alleviate the overcrowding issues, it states, “The ramifications of so many 'extra' students on campus will be felt by everyone, including you, because of loss of the use of lounges, more students sharing bathrooms and other common facilities, dining centers, etc.”
This letter was a very professional way of saying that Tech is overcrowded. When the housing department is practically bribing people to leave campus, you know how desperate they are to make room. All incoming freshmen are required to live on campus, and a percentage of the Corps of Cadets is moving out of their quad due to renovations.
There is no one at fault for the overpopulation of the housing department. It is so easy to justify that the university should not accept as many freshmen, but that would be incorrect. They would take the rooms that would occupy freshmen and hand them out to several upperclassmen who did not receive a contract this year, which was a much higher percentage than advertised in previous years. It also would not be fair to the freshmen who applied and deserved to get in but were denied due to a concern for population.
As for all of the upperclassmen who want to take the offer from housing to terminate your contract, by all means take it if it suits your needs better. I personally will not oblige because of my hectic schedule next year. Everyone has their own reason to stay on campus as an upperclassmmen, as do all of the students who move off.
Many will see the overcrowding of the university’s living quarters as a complete inconvenience. However, there is truly no one to blame on this problem, nor is there any reason for it to annoy you.