University of Missouri to reopen 6 idled dorms

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)   The University of Missouri is preparing to reopen six residence halls that were left mostly idle this year from low enrollment.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university announced Thursday that all the residence halls would be in use in the fall and are expected to be at or near capacity. Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward says the increase is partly due to cuts in room rates and relaxed requirements to purchase meal plans for returning students.

The university idled seven residence halls last spring due to a severe drop in incoming freshmen, the only students required to live on campus.

Six of the idled dorms will be reopened, adding about 1,300 more beds. The remaining idled dorm has been put under long-term lease to MU Health Care.

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