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More live in SOU dorms

Aided by their families, dozens of teenagers lugged suitcases and snowboards, boxes and laundry baskets into dormitories Thursday to start their new lives as Southern Oregon University students.

"It will be one of the largest classes in housing in the last 20 years," said Jason Ebbeling, director of housing and residential life.

Preliminary enrollment numbers show a 20 percent increase in students living in the residence halls. Some 1,050 students can be housed on campus, and more than 900 already are registered to move in this year. The final count won't be available until school starts on Monday and all the late-comers get settled.

"We are at 98 to 99 percent occupancy for most of the halls," Eldridge said.

The number of students returning to live in the residence halls is also up, from about 50 students in past years to nearly 300 this year.

"All the dorms are popular to different people for different reasons," said Jon Eldridge, vice president of student affairs.

Freshmen will spend the next four days adjusting to their new surroundings and keeping busy with orientation activities.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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