Richard Stockton College officials plan to contract with a private developer to build housing for at least 700 students on Pomona Road near the athletic fields. The addition would expand the available housing by more than 25 percent by September 2014.
President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. mentioned the project Friday at a meeting of the board of Stockton Affiliated Services Inc., or SASI, the college’s non-profit subsidiary which manages auxiliary projects. After the meeting he said the demand for housing keeps increasing both as enrollment has increased and more students want to live on campus and take advantage of college amenities and activities.
The 2011-12 freshmen class of almost 975 students was the largest ever and about 50 more students than anticipated. The college has already received more than 6,000 applications for fall 2012, and accepted about 3,400 prospective freshmen Dean of Enrollment Management John Iacovelli said Friday. He said he anticipates at least 1,000 of those students will enroll.
While about half of all students come from Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties, and many commute, more students are also coming from northern counties such as Bergen, Morris and Middlesex, and require campus housing. Iacovelli said this is the third year of a North Jersey marketing campaign that has included guaranteed housing for all four years. He said in addition to freshmen, more transfer students from the northern counties are also choosing Stockton.