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Spring Housing Selection for 2019-2020

2019-2020 Spring Housing Selection Concluded

  • The 2019-2020 Spring Housing Selection Process has concluded.  Information about the 2020-2021 Spring Housing Selection Process will be available in March-April 2020.

Housing Selection Timeline

Due to the move to Online Housing Selection via the Housing Portal, we've created a Housing Selection Timeline Website that contains all deadlines for various processes.  Please pay close attention to all of the deadlines, especially regarding the housing processes to which you are participating.

The Housing Portal (Online Room Selection)

The Housing Portal will serve as a "one-stop shop" for all housing selection processes.  The following housing selection processes will now be completed online via the Housing Portal:

  • Blocking for Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (more information on how blocking will work is located underneath )
  • Rising Senior & Junior Housing Lottery
  • Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Application
  • Intent to Live Off-Campus Application
  • Substance-Free Housing Application

The following processes will not be completed via the Housing Portal: 

  • Approved Housing Accommodations* (Students approved for housing accommodations will receive specific instructions via email on what they will need to do.  Generally, students who have approved housing accommodations will be assigned a room for the following year, and will not need to participate in any selection processes.  If students with housing accommodations are eligible for blocking, this information will be shared directly with the student)
  • Students who have been hired to serve as Resident Assistants (RAs), Diversity Peer Advisors (DPAs), Student Academic Mentors (SAMs), and Green Advisors (GAs).  These students will be informed of their residence hall placement upon hire from their supervisor.  Specific room assignments will be provided over the Summer.

Accessing the Housing Portal

  1. Log into MySwarthmore, and within the Student Information section, select "Housing Portal" from the menu.  You will then be taken to the Housing Portal Website. 
  2. On the Main Screen you will see your name, photo, current housing and dining information and several content tabs at the top of the page.  The content tabs are labeled.
  3. The Home tab will always take you back to the main page.  The Application & Forms tab will show you any applications or forms that you are eligible to complete.  These would include the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application, Substance-Free Housing Application, Summer Housing Application, and Housing Contract (available in the Summer).  The Roommate & Room Selection tab contains two sub-tabs: Roommates/Suitemates will lead you to the location where you indicate your intended roommates or blockmates for the housing lottery (if you desire a single room not in a block, you would not use this tab).  Select a Room or Suite will take you to where students can select the block or room they wish to reside in for Fall.  Students will only receive access to this information at a specific designated time. 
  4. Specific information on how to use the Housing Portal for each of the different housing processes are explained in the Housing Options Sections of the Website.

Housing Options for Rising Seniors

Blocking:

If a student applies for a 'block' housing option, they apply for a number of room configurations along with a group of friends. Blocks range in size from 2 students to 8 students. All rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores may apply for block housing.  Blocks are selected in groups based upon the average lottery number amongst students in the block, and if you "win" your block, you are not required nor eligible to participate in the housing lottery.  Please visit the Blocking Process Information, which gives all information about how blocking works with the Housing Portal and the blocking lists.

Rising Senior Lottery (Class of 2020):

  1. The Rising Senior Housing Lottery will take place online via the Housing Portal from Wed, April 17 to Fri, April 19, 6:00pm - 11:00pm EST.  Please review the Housing Selection Timeline for all dates and deadlines.  Additionally, the Housing Lottery Instructional Videos Website provides videos on how to use the Housing Portal, and how to select your room.
  2. Rising Seniors interested in obtaining a room for 2019-2020 can select a room in the housing lottery.  The order is determined by your lottery number.  Students who received a block or are living off-campus cannot participate in the Rising Senior Housing Lottery.  
  3. On Monday, April 15 at 4:30pm, all students will receive access to their lottery number.  Their lottery number will also correspond to a specific time when they will be given access to select their room.  Please note that times are unique to each student, and there is a two minute window before another student receives access to select a room.  
    Example: Draco Malfoy was issued lottery number #200, and assigned lottery day and time is Thur, April 18 at 6:10pm.  This means that as early as 6:10pm, Draco can choose their room for next year.  Draco's access turns on at 6:10pm, and stays on until the end of the Senior Housing Lottery (Fri, April 19, 11:00pm).  To choose your room, log into the Housing Portal, click on Roommate & Room Selection, then click Select a Room or Suite, the term they are selecting housing (Fall 2019), then identity and select their room.  Note: Another student will receive access to choose their room at 6:12pm, and every two minutes thereafter.   
  4. Double occupancy rooms (e.g. Alice Paul Lofts or 2-Room Doubles in Worth) require two students who agreed to be roommates.  For roommate groups, the student with the best lottery number selects the room and assigns all roommates to a specific bed within the room(s).  To designate a roommate, in the Housing Portal under the Roommate & Room Selection tab select Roommates/Suitemates.  Then, indicate the term you are selecting housing for (Fall 2019).  Then, under Simple Roommate Search, type in the identifying information for the roommate(s) you wish to live with.  Once approved, each of them will be sent an email notifying them that you have requested them to be roommates.  The roommate will then need to go to the Housing Portal and Roommates/Suitemates to confirm.  All roommates need to be confirmed in order to be recognized as a confirmed roommate group.  The same applies for Triples, Quads, and all non-Single rooms.
    Example: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, and Hermione Granger all wish to live in a triple room in Worth Hall.  Draco, Harry, and Hermione will all need to go into the Housing Portal, and request each other as roommates.  They will then also need to go back into the Housing Portal and confirm each roommate request.  For all three students to be recognized as an approved roommate group of three, Draco needs to have approval from Harry and Hermione, Harry needs approval from Draco and Hermione, and Hermione needs approval from Draco and Harry.  If Draco has the best lottery number amongst the roommate group, Draco will be able to select the room and designate beds to the entire roommate group.  
  5. While you cannot see which rooms are available before you select your room, a tentative list of available rooms will be posted on the Housing Website on Tuesday, April 16 by 4:30pm.
  6. ​​​Once you select your room, congratulations, you are done!  You will receive an email confirming your room assignment.  Please note that after you've selected your room assignment, you cannot change.  Should there be any circumstances or issues with your selected room assignment, you will need to contact the Office of Student Engagement in the Summer, as there will be no changes made in the Spring semester.
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to be available at or after their assigned time to choose a room.  It is not possible to designate a Proxy to electronically choose a room for you.  Should this not be possible, you will need to come to the Office of Student Engagement and speak to a staff member about alternative arrangements.

INTENT TO LIVE OFF-CAMPUS:

Rising Seniors have the option to live in non-College owned housing for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you are an enrolled, on-campus student, who is planning to live in non-College owned housing for the Fall 2019 semester, you must give formal notice by completing the the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application in Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.   The application will require students to list their off-campus address.  The deadline to complete the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm. 

Substance-Free Housing:

The Office of Student Engagement has offered provide Substance-Free communities as an option for upper-class students since Fall 2015.  In Substance-Free communities, the possession or use of alcohol, controlled substances and tobacco products by residents or their guests is prohibited in student rooms and public spaces.  If residents or their guests choose to use such substances outside of the Substance-Free community, the results of that choice must not have a negative impact upon residents or property upon return to the community. For 2019-2020, 3rd Hallowell Hall will continue to be designated as Substance-Free.

Substance-Free communities will work closely with the Resident Assistant, Office of Student Engagement professional staff, as well as other campus partners in order to provide educational and social opportunities for both the residents as well as the greater community.  The residents of the community will also invest time at the beginning of the year exploring and developing community expectations.

If you are interested in living in the Substance-Free Housing Community, you will need to complete the Substance-Free Housing Application in the Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.  The deadline to apply for Substance-Free Housing is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm.  Room placements will be determined based upon lottery number. Because there are a limited amount of Singles within the community, please list your roommate, should you be selected. Please note that your roommate should also complete the application as well.  If approved, you will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Student Engagement with your housing assignment by Friday, April 12.  Typically, rising seniors and most juniors will be able to receive a single, with some juniors and all sophomores receiving a double.  

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING ABROAD:

If you are currently abroad during Spring 2019, the Housing Portal can be utilized anywhere in the World as long as you have internet access!  You will participate in the same processes as other students.  Please follow all deadlines (visit the Housing Selection Timeline Website), and remember that all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  There will be an online housing selection webinar for abroad/on-leave students held on Monday, March 25, 11am-Noon EST.  More information about how to join this meeting will be sent out directly to students.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE LEAVING OR RETURNING THE COLLEGE FROM A LEAVE:

If you are currently on leave during Spring 2019, and are anticipated to return Fall semester, the Housing Portal can be utilized anywhere in the World as long as you have internet access!  Before you can participate in housing processes, you have to be officially confirmed to be returning for Fall semester.  Liz Derickson, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs oversees the Return process.  All students intending on returning for Fall are required to visit the Taking Time Off website, which highlights the process students need to follow.  Once approved, you will participate in the same processes as other students.  Please follow all deadlines (visit the Housing Selection Timeline Website), and remember that all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  There will be an online housing selection webinar for abroad/on-leave students held on Monday, March 25, 11am-Noon EST.  More information about how to join this meeting will be sent out directly to students.

Housing Options for Rising Juniors

Blocking:

If a student applies for a 'block' housing option, they apply for a number of room configurations along with a group of friends. Blocks range in size from 2 students to 8 students. All rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores may apply for block housing.  Blocks are selected in groups based upon the average lottery number amongst students in the block, and if you "win" your block, you are not required nor eligible to participate in the housing lottery.  Please visit the Blocking Process Information, which gives all information about how blocking works with the Housing Portal and the blocking lists.

Rising Junior Lottery (Class of 2021):

The Rising Junior Housing Lottery will take place online via the Housing Portal from Mon, April 22 to Wed, April 24, 6:00pm - 11:00pm EST.  Please review the Housing Selection Timeline for all dates and deadlines.  Additionally, the Housing Lottery Instructional Videos Website provides videos on how to use the Housing Portal, and how to select your room.

Rising Juniors interested in obtaining a room for 2019-2020 can select a room in the housing lottery.  The order is determined by your lottery number.  Students who received a block or are living off-campus cannot participate in the Rising Senior Housing Lottery.  

On Monday, April 15 at 4:30pm, all students will receive access to their lottery number.  Their lottery number will also correspond to a specific time when they will be given access to select their room.  Please note that times are unique to each student, and there is a two minute window before another student receives access to select a room.  
Example: Draco Malfoy was issued lottery number #700, and assigned lottery day and time is Wed, April 23 at 6:10pm.  This means that as early as 6:10pm, Draco can choose their room for next year.  Draco's access turns on at 6:10pm, and stays on until the end of the Senior Housing Lottery (Fri, April 19, 11:00pm).  To choose your room, log into the Housing Portal, click on Roommate & Room Selection, then click Select a Room or Suite, the term they are selecting housing (Fall 2019), then identity and select their room. 
Note: Another student will receive access to choose their room at 6:12pm, and every two minutes thereafter.   

Double occupancy rooms (e.g. Alice Paul Lofts or 2-Room Doubles in Worth) require two students who agree to be roommates.  For roommate groups, the student with the best lottery number selects the room and assigns all roommates to a specific bed within the room(s).  To designate a roommate, in the Housing Portal under the Roommate & Room Selection tab select Roommates/Suitemates.  Then, indicate the term you are selecting housing for (Fall 2019).  Then, under Simple Roommate Search, type in the identifying information for the roommate(s) you wish to live with.  Once approved, each of them will be sent an email notifying them that you have requested them to be roommates.  The roommate will then need to go to the Housing Portal and Roommates/Suitemates to confirm.  All roommates need to be confirmed in order to be recognized as a confirmed roommate group.  The same applies for Triples, Quads, and all non-Single rooms.
Example: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, and Hermione Granger all wish to live in a triple room in Worth Hall.  Draco, Harry, and Hermione will all need to go into the Housing Portal, and request each other as roommates.  They will then also need to go back into the Housing Portal and confirm each roommate request.  For all three students to be recognized as an approved roommate group of three, Draco needs to have approval from Harry and Hermione, Harry needs approval from Draco and Hermione, and Hermione needs approval from Draco and Harry.  If Draco has the best lottery number amongst the roommate group, Draco will be able to select the room and designate beds to the entire roommate group.  

While you cannot see which rooms are available before you select your room, a tentative list of available rooms for the Rising Junior Lottery will be posted on the Housing Website on Mon, April 22 by 12:00pm.

​​​Once you select your room, congratulations, you are done!  You will receive an email confirming your room assignment.  Please note that after you've selected your room assignment, you cannot change.  Should there be any circumstances or issues with your selected room assignment, you will need to contact the Office of Student Engagement in the Summer, as there will be no changes made in the Spring semester.

Students are strongly encouraged to be available at or after their assigned time to choose a room.  It is not possible to designate a Proxy to electronically choose a room for you.  Should this not be possible, you will need to come to the Office of Student Engagement and speak to a staff member about alternative arrangements.

INTENT TO LIVE OFF-CAMPUS:

Rising Seniors have the option to live in non-College owned housing for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you are an enrolled, on-campus student, who is planning to live in non-College owned housing for the Fall 2019 semester, you must give formal notice by completing the the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application in Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.   The application will require students to list their off-campus address.  The deadline to complete the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm. 

Substance-Free Housing:

The Office of Student Engagement has offered provide Substance-Free communities as an option for upper-class students since Fall 2015.  In Substance-Free communities, the possession or use of alcohol, controlled substances and tobacco products by residents or their guests is prohibited in student rooms and public spaces.  If residents or their guests choose to use such substances outside of the Substance-Free community, the results of that choice must not have a negative impact upon residents or property upon return to the community. For 2019-2020, 3rd Hallowell Hall will continue to be designated as Substance-Free.

Substance-Free communities will work closely with the Resident Assistant, Office of Student Engagement professional staff, as well as other campus partners in order to provide educational and social opportunities for both the residents as well as the greater community.  The residents of the community will also invest time at the beginning of the year exploring and developing community expectations.

If you are interested in living in the Substance-Free Housing Community, you will need to complete the Substance-Free Housing Application in the Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.  The deadline to apply for Substance-Free Housing is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm.  Room placements will be determined based upon lottery number. Because there are a limited amount of Singles within the community, please list your roommate, should you be selected.  Please note that your roommate should also complete the application as well.  If approved, you will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Student Engagement with your housing assignment by Friday, April 12. Typically, rising seniors and most juniors will be able to receive a single, with some juniors and all sophomores receiving a double.  

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE STUDYING ABROAD:

If you are currently abroad for Spring 2019, the Housing Portal can be utilized anywhere in the World as long as you have internet access!  You will participate in the same processes as other students.  Please follow all deadlines (visit the Housing Selection Timeline Website), and remember that all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  There will be an online housing selection webinar for abroad/on-leave students held on Monday, March 25, 11am-Noon EST.  More information about how to join this meeting will be sent out directly to students.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE LEAVING OR RETURNING THE COLLEGE FROM A LEAVE:

If you are currently on leave for Spring 2019, and anticipated to return Fall semester, the Housing Portal can be utilized anywhere in the World as long as you have internet access!  Before you can participate in housing processes, you have to be officially confirmed to be returning for Fall semester.  Liz Derickson, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs oversees the Return process.  All students intending on returning for Fall are required to visit the Taking Time Off website, which highlights the process students need to follow.  Once approved, you will participate in the same processes as other students.  Please follow all deadlines (visit the Housing Selection Timeline Website), and remember that all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  There will be an online housing selection webinar for abroad/on-leave students held on Monday, March 25, 11am-Noon EST.  More information about how to join this meeting will be sent out directly to students.

Housing Options for Rising Sophomores

Blocking:

If a student applies for a 'block' housing option, they apply for a number of room configurations along with a group of friends. Blocks range in size from 2 students to 8 students. All rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores may apply for block housing.  Blocks are selected in groups based upon the average lottery number amongst students in the block, and if you "win" your block, you are not required nor eligible to participate in the housing lottery.  Please visit the Blocking Process Information, which gives all information about how blocking works with the Housing Portal and the blocking lists.

Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Process

Rising Sophomores that do not win a block participate in the Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Process.  How it works:

  1. All rising sophomores should plan on having a roommate. 
  2. Then, each rising sophomore needs to complete the Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Application by the deadline of Friday, April 26, 5:00pm.  The application is located on the Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab. 
  3. The application requires rising sophomores to indicate their preferred roommate.  Each roommate should ensure that they've successfully named the other roommate on their application, so there is no confusion.  There are a limited number of single rooms available only in Mary Lyon hall that students can indicate interest.
  4. Applicants will also be able to indicate if they prefer to live on a floor with gendered or gender-inclusive bathrooms.
  5. Finally, the application will require each rising sophomore to rank all of the various residential communities with vacancies that they are interested in living in.  Students need to preference each and every residential community.  Failure to rank each of the 11 communities may result in being automatically placed in a lesser preferred dorm.
  6. The Office of Student Engagement will communicate final room assignments to rising sophomores by July 31, 2019.   Room assignments will be made based on overall availability, and lottery number.  For each roommate pair, the best lottery number determines priority (e.g. if Harry Potter's lottery number is #1000 and Hermoine Granger is #1350, Harry's number will be used.)
  7. To aid in understanding this process, the Housing Instructional Videos Website contains a video on how to complete the Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Application.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why is there an application instead of an online lottery?  At this time of the academic year, many students, in your class year and other class years, are still confirming their plans for next Fall, such as finalizing their study abroad or electing to live off-campus. Sometimes, these plans do not correlate with the timeline of the housing selection process.  By delaying the rising sophomore housing process to the Summer allows more sophomores to get preferred housing.  
  • Why do I have to wait until July to learn where I am living?  Summer is when most students have confirmed their study abroad/leave plans.
  • Do Mary Lyons residents receive better lottery numbers?  Rising sophomores who lived in Mary Lyons for the full year are given preferred lottery numbers.  This is to allow these residents to have the ability to have a better chance at living in a centrally-located dorm. 
  • Will I end up in a non-centrally located dorm?  Due to our overall housing occupancy, each student should expect to live one of their four years in a non centrally located dorm.  Many rising sophomores live in Palmer, Pittenger, Roberts, Mary Lyons, and Woolman.
  • I want a single - how can I get one?  Singles are available on a very limited basis in Mary Lyons Hall.  No other halls are available for rising sophomores to have a single, as they are reserved for upperclass students.  Should you be interested in a single, you have the ability to indicate this on the Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Application.  

INTENT TO LIVE OFF-CAMPUS:

Rising Seniors have the option to live in non-College owned housing for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you are an enrolled, on-campus student, who is planning to live in non-College owned housing for the Fall 2019 semester, you must give formal notice by completing the the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application in Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.   The application will require students to list their off-campus address.  The deadline to complete the Intent to Live Off-Campus Application is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm. 

Substance-Free Housing:

The Office of Student Engagement has offered provide Substance-Free communities as an option for upper-class students since Fall 2015.  In Substance-Free communities, the possession or use of alcohol, controlled substances and tobacco products by residents or their guests is prohibited in student rooms and public spaces.  If residents or their guests choose to use such substances outside of the Substance-Free community, the results of that choice must not have a negative impact upon residents or property upon return to the community. For 2019-2020, 3rd Hallowell Hall will continue to be designated as Substance-Free.

Substance-Free communities will work closely with the Resident Assistant, Office of Student Engagement professional staff, as well as other campus partners in order to provide educational and social opportunities for both the residents as well as the greater community.  The residents of the community will also invest time at the beginning of the year exploring and developing community expectations.

If you are interested in living in the Substance-Free Housing Community, you will need to complete the Substance-Free Housing Application in the Housing Portal under the Applications & Forms tab.  The deadline to apply for Substance-Free Housing is Sunday, April 7, 11:59pm.  Room placements will be determined based upon lottery number.  As all sophomores who live in the community are required to have a roommate, please list your roommate in the application, should you be selected.  If approved, you will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Student Engagement with your housing assignment by Friday, April 12.    

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE LEAVING OR RETURNING THE COLLEGE FROM A LEAVE:

If you are currently on leave for Spring 2019, the Housing Portal can be utilized anywhere in the World as long as you have internet access!  Before you can participate in housing processes, you have to be officially confirmed to be returning for Fall semester.  Liz Derickson, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs oversees the Return process.  All students intending on returning for Fall are required to visit the Taking Time Off website, which highlights the process students need to follow.  Once approved, you will participate in the same processes as other students.  Please follow all deadlines (visit the Housing Selection Timeline Website), and remember that all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Housing Options for Fifth-Year or Ninth-Semester Seniors

Students who may be considered 5-year or ninth-semester seniors who are interested in seeking campus housing should email Isaiah Thomas, Director of Residential Communities, requesting to participate in housing selection.  If there is available housing, these students will be able to select a room in the Rising Senior Housing Lottery, and will receive a lottery number at the end of the Senior Housing Lottery Number list.

Please note that all students must be full-time, taking at least 3 credits in order to be considered for on-campus housing.  Students taking less than 3 credits (part-time) are advised to explore off-campus housing options.

Gendered & Gender Inclusive Bathrooms List

Please review the Gendered & Gender Inclusive Bathrooms List, which highlights all bathroom designations in residence halls for the 2019-2020 year.  Please use this information when planning for housing.

Housing Portal Instructional Videos

To assist students with utilizing the Housing Portal, The Housing Lottery Instructional Videos Site contains several short clips covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Housing Portal
  • How to Select Roommates or Blockmates
  • How to Select a Room in the Housing Lottery
  • How to Select a Block in the Blocking Lottery
  • How to Complete the Rising Sophomore Housing Preference Application

Housing Selection Informational Meetings

To assist students with learning more about the Spring Housing Selection processes, to learn more about the Housing Portal, and to ask any general questions, the following informational sessions will be held:

Current Abroad/On-Leave Students Housing Selection Meeting

  • Monday, March 25, 11am-Noon, Online (detailed information will be sent out to students)

Junior and Senior Housing Selection Meeting

  • Monday, March 25, 6-7pm, Sci 101 
  • Tuesday, March 26, 6-7pm, Sci 101
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6-7pm, Sci 101

Rising Sophomore Housing Selection Meeting

  • Thursday, March 28, 6-7pm, Sci 101

Housing Lottery Numbers

The Housing Lottery system was developed with by former Swarthmore Students, and the goal is for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to experience being in the top 1/3, middle 1/3, and lower 1/3 each of their three years.  Students will receive a lottery number each and every year, whether or not they actively use it (e.g. students who study abroad or take time away from the college).  Additionally, due to the current housing options that exist, it is reasonable to expect two things: (1) that rising sophomores will have to have a roommate because there are not enough singles available, and (2) that it is likely that one out of your four years will be spent in a non-central residential community (Mary Lyons, Palmer, Pittenger, Roberts, Woolman).  We will now explain how each class' lottery numbers are derived:

  • The Rising Sophomore Number (numbers that range between 1001 and 1500)
    Rising sophomore numbers are RANDOM, and each student will receive a random number the Spring before their sophomore year.  This number is used in blocking as well as the Sophomore Preference Process.  First-Year students living in Mary Lyons will receive a lottery number in the top half to allow them an opportunity to live in a centrally-located dorm.  If you 'WIN' a BLOCK, your lottery number CHANGES to the average number used to win the block for the next year.  That is because it was your AVERAGE that awarded you the block, not necessary your number.
  • The Rising Junior Number (numbers that range between 501 and 1000)
    Rising junior number are NOT completely random, but are specifically constructed to move all students to a different "1/3" of the list.  This means that students who were in the top 1/3, will either be in the middle 1/3 or bottom 1/3.  All rising juniors will be ranked from top to bottom based on their USED rising sophomore number.  This means we do not necessarily look at your originally issued sophomore number, but the average BLOCK number, or the number you used at the housing lottery.  After the rank is constructed using your USED block or housing lottery number, the bottom 1/2 of the list gets inverted and put on top of the top 1/2 of the list.  Then all students get assigned a number beginning with 501.  This allows students to experience being in a different "1/3" of the list.  Some rising juniors get confused because they may feel that they have received two bad numbers in a row.  This confusion typically comes out of the fact that even though they were issued a HIGH sophomore number, the AVERAGE block number or BEST number used in the housing lottery was what was actually USED.  Similarly to your rising sophomore year, if you BLOCK during your rising Junior year, you Junior lottery number will change to the AVERAGE used to win the block.
  • The Rising Senior Number (numbers that range between 1 and 500)
    To derive your Senior number, your USED sophomore and USED junior numbers are added together.  This means that students with the largest sum likely have experienced less desired housing than those with low sums.  The overall list is then put in order from the HIGHEST sum to LOWEST sum, and then reassign students numbers beginning with 1.  This then best insures that students who have experienced poor numbers will receive a strong senior number.  Some rising seniors get confused because they may feel that they have received two or three bad numbers in a row.  This confusion typically comes out of the fact that even though they were issued a "bad" sophomore number and/or a "bad" junior number, the AVERAGE block number and/or BEST number used in the housing lottery process was what was actually USED in deriving senior numbers.   Students approved as taking a ninth-semester and request housing, will receive a lottery number at the end of the rising senior number range.
  • How to View Lottery Numbers:
    Housing lottery Numbers are available on the Housing Portal main page at the conclusion of the Blocking Processes (as a reminder, blocking is a blind process, where you will not know your lottery number).  For this year, lottery numbers will be revealed on Monday, April 15 by 4:30pm. 
  • Change Class Years:
    If when reviewing your lottery number, you think that you should be in a higher class year (e.g. you believe your credits should place you in the next class), you will need to speak with the Registrar's Office.  The Office of Student Engagement does not have any control over your class year.  The deadline to communicate with the Registrar's Office is Friday, March 29 at 12:00pm.  The Registrar's Office will then notify the Office of Student Engagement of any students that have moved up in a class year, and the Office of Student Engagement will reassign a lottery number to the student.  After the Friday, March 29 deadline, housing lottery number changes will not be honored.

Questions?

During the Spring Housing Selection season, residential communities staff receive a high volume of email, and responses may be delayed.  As such, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to visit the Office of Student Engagement and meet with a staff member to discuss any questions you have regarding Spring Housing.  This is the fastest way to receive a response to your questions.  We also suggest you bring your computer, should you have any questions about the Housing Portal. 

Please visit the Office of Student Engagement Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm to meet with a staff member.

In addition, several students on the Housing Advisory Committee and Resident Assistants can assist you with any questions you may have - the following list includes their names and email addresses:

If you have any other questions and are unable to meet, please contact a member of the residential communities team (please note that if your received question can be better explained in person, you will be asked to visit the Office of Student Engagement):

Asraa Jaber: Dana, Danawell, Hallowell, Wharton
Michelle Stark: Alice Paul, David Kemp, Worth, Lodges, Parrish, Woolman
Sam Waters: Mertz, Willets
Jeremy Koepf: Mary Lyon, Palmer, Pittenger, Roberts, PPR Apartments
Isaiah Thomas, Director of Residential Communities