More growth at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology means less room for students to live on campus, but a new 10-year lease of two apartment buildings that house 269 students will help with the problem.
The School of Mines had a 20 percent increase of freshman students this academic year.
The university requires freshman and sophomore students to live on campus, but the problem was there wasn't anywhere to put them. Thanks to Technology Housing and the city of Rapid City, students will be able to use the two Rocker Square apartment buildings for 10 years.
Moreover, Mines President Heather Wilson says she expected a five percent increase of students for the fall semester, but there ended up being a nine percent increase.
"And that meant that we had freshman, five students, in a four student dorm," said Wilson. "That's not ideal and we want our students in dorms that are designed for that number of students that are there."
The School of Mines is happy with the growth, they want the number of students to increase even more and hopefully have 3,500 students enrolled by the year 2020.
In addition to adding the two Rocker Square apartment buildings, the university is working to bring a storefront eatery to the currently vacant main floor space of one of the two buildings.