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Purdue Fort Wayne 2023 move-in days highlight record occupancy in student housing

Nearly 1,600 students – 1,599 to be exact – were joined by their families, friends, and Purdue University Fort Wayne employees as they moved into student housing offered by PFW on Aug. 17 and 18.

The post-pandemic surge of students choosing to take advantage of housing offered by PFW continues to grow. The numbers back that up. In recent years, occupancy at the start of the fall semester has exceeded full capacity. Compared to move-in week 2022, the number of students who unpacked their bags at the start of the fall 2023 semester was up almost 21%.

Preliminary numbers from PFW suggest, as of Wednesday morning, an enrollment increase of 1.7% and a credit hour increase of 2.46%. More than 7,400 students are currently enrolled at PFW.

While university leadership is pleased with the accommodations that continue to be made to allow as many students as possible to fulfill their desire to live in student housing, the correlation between the sustainability of increased enrollment and longer-term solutions to address the needs of current and prospective students wishing to live on campus remains an essential part of PFW’s strategic planning.

See a few examples of how various Fort Wayne-area newsrooms covered move-in week at PFW by clicking on the links below.


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21Alive / Fort Wayne’s NBC

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