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    Officials say more than 30 students from the Metroplex, who are enrolled in universities in the New Orleans area, contacted TCU by Wednesday about its offer of admission to fall classes.Four have already enrolled, offials reported.

    In a campuswide e-mail, Chancellor Victor Boschini said TCU will be admitting students who were attending colleges that were evacuated due to Hurricane Katrina.

    Ray Brown, dean of admissions, said the majority of the students who have contacted TCU are from Tulane University and other private schools in New Orleans including Loyola, Dillard and Xavier.

    “We don’t know for sure when universities will be resuming classes, but we are making sure we can help these students in any way possible,” Brown said.

    Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said all incoming students will pay TCU tuition.

    He also said none of the students that enrolled requested housing. If some students do, he said, TCU could provide housing in the residence hall lounges for only a few students.

    Tulane is posting updates for students on its emergency Web site, www.tulane.edu. The university issued a statement Tuesday saying facilities have been damaged, but the majority of the damage will be remedied in a “reasonable” period of time.

    Brown said TCU “is going to do what it takes to make sure” New Orleans students have somewhere to attend school.

    “The students that we are admitting are not going to be staying here long-term,” Brown said. “This is almost like a semester-by-semester situation.”

    Meredith Fort, a sophomore English major at Tulane and a Metroplex native, is trying to enroll at TCU.

    “I just don’t want to get behind so I am going to try and take the rest of my core classes here at TCU,” Fort said.

    She called the situation “really frustrating,” but said both campuses have been cooperating to make sure she has somewhere to attend classes this fall.

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