Returning students select their room and roommate(s) each spring for the upcoming year through the housing lottery. Students will receive a lottery number for housing and those with the lowest (best) lottery numbers choose first. The lottery is seniority based. Rising seniors are assured the lowest numbers, followed by juniors then sophomores.
The Honor Code and Code of Responsibility govern the lottery process. Any attempt at cheating, lying or falsifying information will be treated as an Honor Code violation. The Residence Life Office treats each student with fairness and expects students to treat their peers fairly.
The timeline (PDF) includes important dates for application deadlines, room selection, and locations.
The Residence Life Office uses a lottery number system to determine the order that students get to choose their assignment. The lottery process is based on seniority, meaning rising seniors are the first to select housing each year. Lottery numbers are assigned to each student. Groups of students use an average of their lottery numbers. As of Spring 2014, lottery numbers are not shared with students. This change was made because lottery number was the focus behind many conversations about future housing options. This change encourages students to focus on who they want to live with and where they want to live instead.
If students wish to cluster, they must provide the names of their desired roommates on their application. Aside from Armfield, a cluster cannot be any larger than four. Applications are processed by the Residence Life Office and groups are put in order by lottery number average. Groups are notified with either a time to make a selection (e.g., 7:15 p.m.) or the order they will be selecting in (e.g., fifth group to choose), depending on the process.
All applications are submitted online, links to applications are sent out by Dean Jason Shaffer on a timely basis, approximately two weeks before they are due. Roommate matching and room selection happens online through the MyHousing system. Instructions on how to log in and use that system may be found here.
Students with documented medical or physical needs may request needed housing accommodations during the lottery process by contacting the Student Disabilities Resources Office. Requests must be made through the Student Disabilities Resources Office by February 1. Requests after February 1 may limit available options.
Here are some helpful reminders to ensure a successful lottery process: