second-largest freshman class ever enrolling at Pitt-Bradford this fall, the university will once again house some of its students
for the fall term at the Best Western Bradford Inn.
About 50 upperclass students with
confirmed spaces on campus were given the option to switch to the Best Western,
where they will be able to ride the Area Transportation Authority bus service
to campus and eat at the hotel’s continental breakfast each morning. The students
were offered an incentive in the form of a $500 on-campus credit for use toward
books, supplies and food on campus. The purpose of the incentive is to create
more bed space on campus in order to continue the tradition of having all
freshmen live on campus.
This is not the first time that
Pitt-Bradford has used the Best Western to accommodate some of its students,
having used blocks of rooms in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. The university
opened its 144-bed Howard L. Fesenmyer House in the fall of 2008, its 103-bed
Sarah B. Dorn House in the fall of 2010, and has plans to begin construction on
a new 109-bed residence hall in September. The current capacity of on-campus
housing is 935 students.
“We try to accommodate as many
students as possible who wish to reside on campus, but occasionally, we have to
resort to local hotels or other off-campus housing when we experience surges in
enrollment,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “This
year, we’re pleasantly surprised by a record number of new students and are
scrambling to find space on campus for all our new freshmen.”
Students at the Best Western will
have a resident advisor, just as students on campus do, and the university will
provide a security service as well as the services of campus police. Rooms will
be blocked together on the third floor and will make use of the furniture that
has been ordered for the new residence hall. They will be equipped with
microwave ovens and refrigerators just as rooms on campus are.
The proposed new residence hall,
which must receive final approval by the University of Pittsburgh, is part of a
master plan to not only increase but also upgrade housing on campus.