Housing limitations an inevitable evil

Dorm rooms are small.

For two college students, they are tiny. For three, they are infinitesimal.

But TCU students are accustomed to making space for their fellow Frogs. This is not the first school year students have had to triple-up in residence hall rooms, squeeze into activities rooms, or simply find off-campus housing. We want to know when it will be the last.

TCU requires its first year and sophomore students to live on campus. And the campus has continued to grow. It has grown so quickly and so vastly that the juniors and seniors who want to live on campus have a slim chance of continuing that sense of community.

Each year, more and more students submit applications to the university, and more and more are rejected. Out of 19,000 applicants, approximately 1,800 were admitted, which is about the same size as the previous two years’ incoming classes, according to Chancellor Boschini’s welcome letter.

More or less—what does it matter? There still is not enough room on campus for those 1,800 who were pulled from a pile of anonymity. And instead of those students being able to settle in and make a home for themselves here, they are still being treated like numbers. They are being treated like cattle.

While Housing & Residence Life said that there is not an overcrowding issue in the residence halls, students have said otherwise. Two first-year students interviewed for an article in today’s paper have been living together with an additional roommate in a room that was meant to accommodate only two people. Someone will have to move, which will completely disrupt that student’s semester.

Obviously, TCU is taking its time figuring out this ostensible problem, so it is up to students to solve it. They found a college. They can find an apartment.