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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University is expecting one of its largest freshman classes ever.

That is great news for ASU, but it's creating some problems, as more upperclassmen try to stay on campus to save money.

Saturday was the first day of a lottery system to get those desired on campus spots.

"When they came out here and told us everything was full people just left crying and calling their parents," said, Crystal Stringer, ASU senior.

Stringer is just one of several students who walked up to us upset, because she and many others walked away with letters stating they're now on the waiting list for on campus housing.

"This proves they already knew it was not going to be enough room because it clearly states, dear housing student thank you for your interest but we have no room for you," said Stringer.

"Unfortunately the amount of students we have isn't proportionate with the amount of bed space that we have," Bonisha Townsend, Housing and Residence Life Director.

The director of housing and residence life and her staff worked to try and answer questions about why they won't be able to stay in one of the nine residence halls on campus.

"This is our first year we had students camped out," said Jeremy Dumas, Housing and Residence Life.

With the influx of a large freshman class and more upperclassmen wanting to live on campus, there's simply not enough space.

"We're required to allow freshmen to live on campus which reduces the number of spaces we can offer," said Dumas.

"Some people were camping out since 8 Friday night; I got here at 5:30 this morning," said Stringer.

The director said she understands their frustration.

"Why take my $50 when you know you don't have room for me," said Stringer.

Townsend said they took more applications because not everyone may show up.

"You have to have a miss factor in there because everybody may not show up and if you cut it off and you have spaces available, it kinds of throws everything off there," said Townsend.

"What am I suppose to do? It's a recession, I had to scrap up that $50," said Stringer.

Some students even toyed with the idea of leaving school.

Crystal is not at the quitting point yet, but hopes she will be one of the lucky ones who will get a room if someone cancels.

The school says by July 15th students who aren't called should arrange to live off campus.

Female students are having the most problems because they outnumber the guys nearly three to one.

The school also lost 200 rooms in Andrews Hall because that building is not available next school year.

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