Spring semesters are starting up, so it’s also the time of year when on-campus parking starts trending on social media. Students, staff, and faculty members spend more time than anyone would care to admit looking for any spot – even in the back corner of the lot.
Getting to and from class can be tough for college students. Students who live in on-campus dorms can have just as many issues as their off-campus classmates. Lack of parking (or, in the case of many freshmen, a lack of car ownership) is a constant challenge for students and staff alike.
Universities can have student bodies in the tens of thousands, and not counting faculty and staff members. Campuses have restaurants, housing, and entertainment centers. Universities are essentially their own cities.
Today's blogpost is brought to you by TransitScreen's summer intern, Mac Bassett, a rising sophomore at George Washington University majoring in business administration.
A recent study out of Rutgers University dealt with the effect that past behavior has on current transit habits. It found that the effect was significant — even if people later moved to neighborhoods with less access to transit, they were still more likely to take it if they had done so in the past.
In college at Harvard, I was a computer science (CS) major. At the time, CS was a fairly sleepy field of study, with only 50 majors each year. CS50, the rigorous introductory course to my field, had 200 students. Not many compared to the college’s largest course, an easy intro to Biblical criticism that drew 1000 students.