New for 2013-2014
What is New for Fall 2013-Spring 2014
MARY LYONS LOWER LEVEL: The College will be re-opening Mary Lyons lower level, adding an additional 24 beds to the overall campus housing capacity. Click HERE for more Mary Lyons information.
ADDITIONAL SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR BLOCKS: The Housing Committee has approved a number of additional housing blocks in residence halls, primarily directed at rising sophomores and juniors.
STRATH HAVEN RENOVATIONS AND MEAL PLAN CHANGES: Strath Haven Renovations: A number of renovations will be made to Strath-Haven residence hall during the Summer of 2013. Students who select Strath-Haven as their residence hall for the 2013-2014 year will be able to take part in a pilot program, which allows them to decline the meal plan. Click Strath-Haven residence hall more important information.
RISING SOPHOMORE LOTTERY The rising sophomore lottery will be changed in order to allow greater consistency in the types of rooms offered to rising sophomores, and so that the rooms selected are done so in immediate lottery number order. Effectively, this eliminates the Sophomore Waistlist. Rising sophomores are encouraged to block prior to lottery week. We approximate that 220-240 rising sophomores will select rooms through that process. After blocks have been assigned, students will participate in a 'preference-lottery', as opposed to room-selection lottery. At preference lottery, roommate pairs will list their preferences for the anticipated floors that will have sophomore rooms. On or about July 1st, all remaining sophomores will receive their housing assignment electronically; all rooms will be assigned in immediate lottery # order. Rising sophomore numbers are still assigned randomly and this will not change the order in which students select. This will also allow students with accommodated housing to preference through the regular housing process, and will not be removed from selecting in lottery number order. More information about the Sophomore Lottery.
BLOCKING PENALTY: Due to the increased number of blocks available to rising sophomores, there will no longer be a 'lottery number penalty' assigned to sophomores who select a room in that process. Your number will be recorded as your block average.
SOPHOMORE SINGLES: rising sophomores will only be allowed to preference/select singles in Mary Lyons residence hall. Certain blocks in Palmer, Pittenger, and Roberts may include 'singles' within larger room set-ups. Sophomores may apply for and win those blocks, but may not apply for any block that includes only singles. Any singles that remain after the junior lottery will be held for the junior waitlist and transfer students. More information about the Sophomore Lottery.
JOINT TENANCY: there will no longer be an option for joint tenancy in the blocking or lottery process. If you select into a single and decide not to return for the Spring 2014 term, your room will automatically be entered into the housing lottery. If you select into a double or larger, and decide not to return for the Spring 2014 term, the remaining residents will decide who fills that space. Any location that has a locking door between two singles (and each room has a separate entrance), will be considered two singles in the lottery, and not a two-room double. More information about Joint Tenancy.
PARKING LOTTERY: Students will continue to enter a lottery for parking privileges on campus. Parking priority will be given to rising seniors, students with disabilities, and resident advisors. If parking spots remain after that time, permits will be prioritized to juniors. We do not expect to have enough permits to accommodate rising sophomores who request permits. Parking permit decisions will not be made until July 1st. If you are awarded a parking permit, you are not guaranteed any particular spot; you may be assigned a spot in any student lot. Until that time, students who request a permit should not plan on bringing a car as parking cannot be guaranteed. Students who are not awarded parking permits may apply for Swarthmore Ville permits. More information about the Parking Lottery.
STORAGE LOCATIONS: we will continue to evaluate storage locations across campus and close any location we deem to be filled to capacity or otherwise in need of a clean-out. We will keep students updated on these locations throughout the term, and encourage early planning if the storage room in your residence hall is closed. All students will continue to be offered a limited number of boxes in Secure Storage. Dorm storage will continue to be offered on a limited basis, again, with certain locations periodically closed for cleaning or occupancy reasons. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Swarthmore Shipping and Storage option. Click O for more information.