Capital University Housing students at water park

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Friday, August 16, 2013

An Ohio university found a unique solution to its housing crunch when it partnered with a local water park and resort to house students for the first few weeks of the upcoming academic year.

Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, will be housing 30 underclassmen at the Fort Rapids IndoorWater Park and Resort, about five miles from campus. The plan is a solution to the dilemma presented by a larger incoming freshman class this fall, and a high number of students who wish to remain in the on-campus residence halls.

"A lot of schools will add beds to existing spaces, and to lounges," Capital University spokeswoman Nichole Johnson told ABCNews.com. "I think anyone who has lived in a residence hall knows space is already limited. We didn't think that was the right solution for our students."

The undergraduate population at Capital University has gone from 2,221 to an estimated 2,320 students this fall, according to data provided by the university.

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