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Collegians want to live in style

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Colleges and universities must compete for students like never before, offering first class facilities to try to lure young people to their school.

Albany State University grad student Ruben Sullivan is proud of his dorm room. "Living here is great. I'd say it's the cream of the crop," Sullivan said.

Sullivan lives in Hall Number 4 at Albany State, their apartment style dorm. Each student has his own private bedroom, fully furnished, with Internet and extended cable. Four students share a suite with two bathrooms. They have a joint living room, full kitchen, including dishwasher, and washer and dryer. Today's college student demands the best, and the schools know they have to offer it, because other colleges will.

Albany State Director of Housing and Student Life Bonisha Townsend said, "The students realize they have more choices. So you really have to win them over. Not only with the quality of their education in the classroom, but also the amenities that compliment that education."

The amenities include game rooms, with pool tables and other games, conference rooms, workout gyms, even a convenience store in the building.

"It's their home away from home. So you have something that is of a standard so they feel comfortable," Townsend said.

Of course the food is also important. Freshman Jacob Artis from Lithonia said it was a big factor in his choosing to attend Albany State. "Oh yes, you can't study with an empty stomach."

Students of course have to pay for these high class rooms and food. It cost nearly 2000 dollars a semester to live at Albany State's apartment dorms, besides the food plan. But colleges have learned that what students demand, so they try to provide a top notch lifestyle with their education.

Albany State University says it takes more than just nice rooms to attract students.

They provide entertainment and programs to help students adjust to college life.

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