Some TSU students move into motels, not dorms, as freshmen move in

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Tennessee State University is posting record enrollment numbers.

Many of these students were lucky enough to move into their dorms today for freshmen moving in during the day.

But others are still waiting for accommodation.

Tennessee State University expects more than 2,500 new freshmen and transfer students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Nearly 1,000 students, along with their parents, moved into residence halls on Monday, with the remaining students coming to campus the following days.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement, it’s absolutely amazing, and I feel so lucky to be able to have this,” said incoming rookie Layke Michal-Lowrey.

TSU’s newest student will study nursing and join hundreds of other students moving to campus today.

“TSU, they have an amazing nursing program, and I’m really interested in nursing and being a pediatric nurse,” Michal-Lowrey said.

The new TSU student has left her home in Las Vegas and is entering her dorm for the very first time.

His parents were by his side as they sent their second child to college.

The State of Tennessee will welcome 3,700 students for this school year. But not all students have the same experience of moving during the day.

As in previous years with an increase in enrollment, there are growing concerns about where to place these students.

“We are so excited to have a new hall of residence. This is the first start to welcome new students and we had to make some adjustments. It’s like there is a growing pain, it’s a good problem to have, and we are thrilled to have this problem,” said Dr. Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University.

Glover says many students are on a waiting list for on-campus housing.

Tiyonna Curry hopes to be part of it.

“I was placed in a motel. They talked about placing returning students in hotels, but they didn’t say anything about motels.”

Curry says she’s not even in the motel with the roommate she asked who is staying at another motel.

“Me personally, I’m upset and I’m irritated.”

The first day of classes is August 24.

“There are several institutions that deal with housing, Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis. They are all our colleagues and we have had conversations and so we have off-campus hotels in which we will have students the fall semester,” said Frank Stevenson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students.

The campus is also facing supply chain issues, and staff tell NewsChannel 5 they are still waiting for dorm beds.
These beds should be here by the end of the week