ResLife expects fewer residents after reducing class size

All returning students and incoming freshmen are expected to receive accommodation for the fall semester 2022

As the housing registration process for 2022-2023 is coming to an end, the Office of Residential Life (ResLife) plans to be able to accommodate all students who have completed their housing applications, as well as incoming first-year students, for fall semester.

Gregory Jones, director of ResLife at the Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC), said approximately 780 returning students had enrolled on campus for the 2022-23 school year, at the same level as in previous years.

In the academic year 2018-19, ResLife contained what is currently considered to be the level of occupancy of buildings before the pandemic. to accommodate the inhabitants and the introduction of forced pairs and forced triplets. Many residents did not return to campus during the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed ResLife to thicken the dormitory rooms and they no longer have forced threes.

“There is still a lot of time before the enrollment class is consolidated, and the final number of enrolled residential students is not yet complete.” Gregory Jones, director of ResLife at FLC

For the academic year 2021-22, Fordham over-accepted students based on enrollment predictions, but more students committed to the university than expected. This over-admission of students resulted in an influx of freshmen who occupied the first six floors of McMahon Hall, an upper-class residential hall. Now ResLife expects occupancy before the pandemic – return to normal – for the academic year 2022-23.

ResLife does not have a definitive number of new first-year students applying for housing because many have yet to make their deposits, Jones says.

“There is still a lot of time before the enrollment class is consolidated, and the final number of registered residential students is not yet complete,” Jones explained. He noted that available housing was measured in accordance with the statistics of the receiving office and added that the number of vacancies was coordinated so that housing offers would be provided only to a specific number of applicants up to the first year.

Class admissions for the FLC dropped in 2026, according to Patricia Peek, dean of university admissions, 13% fewer students were admitted to the FLC and 15% fewer residents compared to the class in 2025.

Peek said the admissions office “is trying to bring a smaller first-grade class to colleges this year,” a variation from the admission cycle for the class in 2025, which is the largest class taken in the history of the university. According to Peek, there are expected to be 580 students at the beginning of the fall semester of 2022, with 340 being FLC residents.

Based on the predicted size of the incoming class and its residential students, Jones assumes housing will be similar to pre-pandemic levels, with an expectation of nearly 100% occupancy. However, he added that if the number of incoming students exceeded expectations, ResLife “can triple or quadruple some first-year rooms,” which has been common practice in recent years.

For returning students, accommodation deposits were opened on February 15, with a transfer deadline of March 1. Students were able to obtain accommodation through a group selection process or a room selection procedure, where decisions will be published on an ongoing basis in the spring.

“We try to accommodate as many roommate requests as possible, but the ability to do so depends on the rooms available and the number of requests.” Gregory Jones

The application for the entrance class does not open until June, which gives students several weeks to complete their registration. Residents are expected to receive housing status in early August.

Jones noted that although every student who has met the deadlines and is guaranteed a place will receive accommodation, not everyone has been confirmed to have their first choice of accommodation.

“The room selection process depends on the random lottery and the limited number of each type of accommodation available … We try to accommodate as many roommate requests as possible, but the ability to do so depends on the rooms available and the number of requests,” Jones said.

“The process went well, but it certainly wasn’t the most direct.” Abby Grunzinger, FCLC ’25

Some students stated that they initially felt stressed and confused when completing the housing registration phases.

“This process went well, but it certainly wasn’t the most direct,” said Abby Grunzinger of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’25. “It was a little stressful when it came to finding out exactly what to do to achieve the setting we wanted.” Specifically, it stated that the housing registration process adopted by ResLife did not match the registration portal on its screen.

Julia Jaramillo, FCLC ’25, said she experienced confusing communication with a Google form provided by ResLife in search of roommates because ResLife urged growing sophomores to form groups of six for housing, because that’s all they have left when register. Having a short time to find more roommates and create a housing plan was challenging and a major source of Jaramill’s concerns.

“My group and I tried to find 2 more people (since) the Google form they had to look for roommates didn’t help me much, because everyone there also tried to find only 1 or 2 people to fill the group.” she said.

Grunzinger was initially concerned that she had not received a confirmation e-mail after completing the selection process, but since then she was sure that after discussions with ResLife, which clarified the information, she would get a room suitable for a group of six.

“I left feeling uneasy about whether or not I had peace … Even with these hiccups, (ResLife) was incredibly helpful,” she said. “They were able to answer my questions or direct me very quickly to someone who could.”

The room selection process ended on March 31, but residents who did not choose an apartment will be allocated housing during the summer.

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