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Elite Colleges Offer Students Cash, Ski Passes to Ease Campus Housing Crunch

  • Dartmouth, Middlebury among schools with overflowing dorms
  • Students, returning in droves, encouraged to move off campus
Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus in Vermont.
Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus in Vermont.Photographer: Brett Simison/Middlebury College

Colleges are preparing for a flood of students returning to on-campus dorm life this semester, after many spent the past year studying remotely. One problem? There’s not enough housing for everyone.

Undergrads looking forward to resuming in-person classes will be jostling for space with 20-somethings who took a year off, and students who otherwise might be spending time abroad. Accommodating them all has been like a puzzle -- especially for elite schools that tout their small class sizes and close-knit social scenes.