By GAIL SCHONTZLER Bozeman Daily Chronicle
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Despite the uncertainties hanging over higher education during the coronavirus pandemic Montana State University is celebrating the completion of a $50 million freshman student dormitory Hyalite Hall.

University President Waded Cruzado said the completion of Hyalite Hall is a triumph that offers "a note of hope about our future."

Administrators are expecting about 500 students in the dorm this fall.

But MSU spokesman Michael Becker says students' families are waiting to make final decisions and it remains to be seen how many actually move in.

University officials plan to pay off the debt on the six-story, 510-bed building using dorm and dining hall fees.

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