Parking was tough on the first day of school for students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, not just because of higher enrollment, but also due to construction projects.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from the TAMUCC campus with more details.
TAMUCC is seeing a 20-percent increate in first-time students, which translates to more than 2,000 students compared to just over 1,700 last year. Add to that the non-freshman students, and there were almost 11,000 students navigating the campus on their first day of school Wednesday.
Growing pains are causing a big headache, as well, as the expansion of the University Center and the planned expansion of the dining hall mean fewer parking spaces in the center of the campus.
"We've moved our parking spaces more to the perimeter of the campus," said Don Albrecht, Vice President of Student Engagement and Success. "But the expansion of the University Center is actually going to be taking some of the parking and reducing the number, some of them temporary while we're under construction."
While parking was tight on Wednesday, officials said it could get worse when groundbreaking happens on Friday for the new dining hall expansion. However, despite the lack of parking, officials said it was a fairly smooth first day of the school year.
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