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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University could have record enrollment this fall.

That's good news for the school, but not great news for some upperclassmen hoping to save money by living on campus. There isn't enough room.

Bonisha Townsend and her staff are working the phones, trying to clear the waiting list of hundreds of students who signed up for housing this year.

"We're 100 percent occupied and we're working our list, we have an 11 percent spike in our males that want to come to college," said Townsend.

"You can hear the desperation in their voices and the anxiety," said Tamara Atwater, ASU Senior.

Atwater is a student here and works in the Housing and Residents Life office.

"They're asking about rooms if they're available they want to know what time we're closing," said Atwater.

It's been a busy work week for her and a frustrating one for students who need a place to stay before classes begins.

"We ended up with a waiting list of 331 persons, fortunately but unfortunately we have a very high demand," said Townsend.

The staff is gaining ground find room for dozens of students, who earlier this year waited, some overnight to stay on campus this semester.

"You can hear the expression in their voices even though you can't see their faces," said Atwater.

The housing director says they are doing as much as they can, and helping with off campus housing.

"We had our housing fair today and brought in some of the local apartment complexes to let the students try to find a place off campus," said Townsend.

ASU is working out a lease deal with an apartment complex.

If it's finalized, they plan to house some students there this semester.

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