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Record number of students living on campus at NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- It was the first day of class at Northern Kentucky University Monday, August 18th, 2014, and when the day was over not everyone got in their car and went home.

2,000 students signed up to live on campus in the fall.  It was the most in the school's history and it changed the feel of the traditional commuter college.

"We had a men's soccer game last night and 2,000 people showed up to see us play Kentucky last night here on campus," NKU director of Marketing and Communications Chris Cole said while dodging students on a crowded sidewalk.  "I think students are hungry for that experience. That's why they want to live on campus."
The vast majority of Northern's  15,000 students will still commute.  2,800 are 30-years-old or older.  But the desire to live on campus has been growing.  Over the weekend, students moved into the brand new Northern Terrace Residence Hall.  It opened at capacity.

"People want to live on campus. People want that experience," said Cole. "It's evidenced by the capacity of the 2,000 students that we'll have this semester."
Northern Terrace was a Senior Citizens apartment complex until the school bought a few years ago and renovated it.  Four students share spacious two-room suites.  Each unit has two bathrooms and opens up to a covered balcony.

"It's like an apartment without a kitchen," said Amber Sparks, an incoming freshman from Owensboro. Her roommate, Mia Icard agreed.

"It's perfect. It's not like the typical dorm room. It's really nice how big and spaced out it is," Mia told Local 12.

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