This year's freshman class at Penn State isn't big enough to break a record, but the number of students living on campus is coming close.
The university won't have an official enrollment count until October, but unofficial numbers put the student head count at University Park at more than 42,500, including an estimated 7,300 to 7,400 freshmen.
That is second in size only to the 2006 enrollment of 8,025 freshmen. (This year's 42,500 estimate includes about 1,000 students who are studying abroad, on an internship or away from campus for some other reason.)
Between freshmen and returning students, 14,024 undergraduates are living on campus this year, leading to cozier-than- usual living conditions for some students. And students looking for off-campus housing face their own problems, especially if they didn’t have a plan mapped out well in advance of the school year’s start.
Freshman Jessica Hamilton found out this summer that she would be living with three other students in "supplemental housing” — study rooms converted into oversized dormitories that can hold upward of four students.
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