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New London - Students from the University of Connecticut at Avery Point campus will live in empty dorm rooms at Mitchell College this fall.
The president of Mitchell College, Mary Ellen Jukoski, and the provost of the University of Connecticut, Mun Y. Choi, signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that spells out the terms of the new relationship for the next three years.
UConn students and their parents were officially notified through the school's email lists and the university has already received several inquiries from both students and parents, Michael Alfultis, the Avery Point campus director, said Friday.
Mitchell College has rooms to spare in at least one of its restored houses on the banks of the Thames River, the Harbor House, because its enrollment has decreased and more juniors and seniors are moving into apartments off campus.
Avery Point, like the rest of the regional UConn campuses, does not have dormitories. Students live with their parents or in nearby apartments. About 100 students live in apartments near the campus.
Alfultis said he is looking to house 20 to 22 students at Mitchell this fall and possibly up to 80 in future years.
Some parents want their children to live in a dorm, not in an apartment, Alfultis said, and the agreement with Mitchell will allow the campus to attract a broader range of students from a larger geographical area than in the past.
"I think it's going to make us more competitive for students outside our commuting area, who before wouldn't consider us because we didn't have residential housing," he said.
Next school year, the cost of room and board at Mitchell will be nearly $12,500. Jukoski has said finances were not the main reason she approached Alfultis a month ago, but she acknowledged the additional funds would help.
Rather, she said she saw her offer as a way to strengthen the relationship between the two schools.
The memorandum describes how the schools will coordinate, what facilities UConn students can use at the college and what rules they will have to follow.