As floodwaters rose around the city, Robert Pennington evacuated his third-floor room in the University of Houston's Bayou Oaks dorm, grabbing food, water, his laptop, contact lenses and school supplies as he left. He recalled stepping away from the building, one of few at UH that saw flooding, into a knee-high current as he hoisted his duffel bag and backpack to a bus.

But the evacuation was just the beginning of Harvey's impact on Pennington - and potentially hundreds of thousands of other Texas college students starting the semester.

Pennington, a 21-year-old UH senior studying computer information systems, said he couldn't drive...

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