On-campus housing is the latest offering from some community colleges in an attempt to replicate a four-year college experience and boost graduation rates.
More than a quarter of the USA's 1,132 community colleges offer on-campus housing, and much of that has been in the past decade, according to a 2010 survey from the American Association of Community Colleges. No one tracks new housing options in detail, said Norma Kent, the association's spokeswoman.
Des Moines Area Community College expects to add housing on or near its main campus here that could accommodate several thousand students by the end of the decade. About 300 lived on campus last year, and that number will jump to about 1,000 this fall when two apartment complexes open across the street from the campus.