Canisius has expanded its student housing over the years because of their housing shortage in the early 2000s. But now as the undergraduate enrollment is becoming smaller they have too much space.

This new agreement will allow up to 65 Erie Community College students to stay in private Canisius College rooms next academic year. The deal, Hurley said, is a logical step forward as Canisius works to address its declining enrollment.

John Hurley, Canisius’ president Said:

“We built a lot of things, and now we’re trying to get to that ‘sweet spot’ in-between,”

This is the second private-public partnership forged between the two schools since April, when Canisius and ECC officials signed an agreement to develop a dual enrollment program. That program, which takes effect next year, allows ECC students to simultaneously take Canisius classes.