MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – 3,000 students will move onto NMU’s campus over the next 3 days as the college prepares to start the academic year.
The class of 2027 is the largest Northern has seen in recent history. The class has completely filled on campus housing. The school is starting the semester at 100% occupancy.
“We like to have it, students like other students, the more people you have the more personalities and the more people can pick their friends and such,” said Housing and Residence Life Director Cat Hardenbergh.
With every single bed on campus being filled, the school had to get creative to find space for students, turning some traditionally single dorms into doubles and converting model rooms to occupied.
“We will find a spot for them, it might be a temporary spot but we will find a spot for them,” remarked Hardenbergh.
One could imagine the process of finding a space on campus could have been stressful for students and for some students it was.
“I know for a lot of people on our swim team it was really really hard,” said NMU sophomore Olivia Hair.
For others the process was smooth. Freshman Grace Zion says finding a room was very easy. She added that any minor problems that arose were easily fixed by a quick phone call to NMU where the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
Northern has a team of student volunteers on hands to help.
“We’re just doing our due diligence and helping people when we can,” said Kyle Mickulski, a sophomore at Northern.
Students will continue to move into dorm rooms over the next two days and Northern will host a variety of orientation activities to acclimate students to college and the Marquette community.