by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio - Cedarville University has begun construction of a new residence hall to help meet the increasing demand for on-campus housing at the independent institution. "The 300-bed residence complex is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2002-2003 academic year," said Dr. Carl Ruby, vice president for student services. "This will bring our on-campus resident capacity to slightly more than 2,500. Even with this increased bed capacity, we will still have 400-500 students who reside off-campus," he explained. The facility under construction is a design familiar on the Cedarville campus. It will consist of a wing designated for male students and a wing designated for females. The two wings are adjoined by a conference center. "This is the third complex of this design we have built in the past ten years," Ruby explained. "We find it serves the needs of our students extremely well. It also helps us to fulfill our stewardship responsibility as we eliminate some of the need for new architectural and engineering drawings by using a similar design." "We could have used this facility this year," Ruby said. "We have had a higher retention rate than usual the past couple of years," he explained, "and a larger number of students requested on-campus housing than normal. This means we are in an overflow mode for male students," Ruby said. "We believe this is due to three things," Ruby explained. "First, the Stevens Student Center opened last fall and has refocused much of students' social activities back on the campus. Second, our residential students have greater access to Cedarville's award-winning computer network than those who commute. And third, Cedarville has bucked national trends by attracting a higher percentage of traditional residential students." Ruby noted that more than 65 percent of Cedarville students come from outside of Ohio.