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Small Kansas college houses students in hotel

August 26, 2014

— A small south-central Kansas college is housing some students in a hotel to deal with a big increase in student enrollment.

Bethany College, a private college in Lindsborg, currently has 730 students, up 10 percent over last year. That follows a 9 percent increase in enrollment last year. The college booked all the rooms in a local motel, the Coronado, to house students.

President Ed Leonard says the college plans to replace a closed two-story dormitory with a new three-story 225-bed residence hall, and other dorms will be remodeled. He says those projects should meet housing demand when the work is done.

KAKE-TV reports most of the students at the motel are upperclassmen and athletes.

Construction on the new dormitory is expected to begin soon.

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