CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's military college has cadets living in a clock tower.

An extra-large freshman class and an unusually low number of upper-class dropouts have forced The Citadel to find places outside barracks for 92 students.

The Citadel had 837 freshmen this year —24 more than expected. South Carolina's military college also had more upperclassmen return than their typical attrition rates, school spokesman Col. John Dorrian said.

"It's not an optimal situation obviously, but it's something that we're going to have to adjust our models to assume that more folks are coming back, because it's not something we want to do repeatedly," Dorrian told The Post and Courier of Charleston.

Citadel students are assigned to companies and battalions at the start of their freshman year and typically live with those people in barracks during all four years at the school. But the lack of housing has caused some adjustments.

Two cadets are in a clock tower, 13 are being housed in a trailer by the football field and 77 are commuting from off campus, Dorrian said.

The students still have to be in their battalions for physical training and to march in formation early in the morning, so they have to start their days earlier.

"If you look around the state and around the country, you would find a lot of colleges are struggling to meet their enrollment numbers," Dorrian said. "We have the opposite problem."

Some relief may come soon. After three weeks, about 75 freshman cadets have dropped out — normal attrition during the physically grueling "Hell Week" for new students, Dorrian said.

The Citadel also hopes to temporarily free up some room next semester by encouraging more students to study abroad.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com