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Housing for First-Year & Transfer Students

What you need to know

We know this is always a very exciting time of year as we inch closer to knowing your assignment information for the next academic year! With the upcoming May 1 deadline approaching, we wanted to share with you some changes to the assignment process that have resulted from the impact of COVID-19.

You must complete your app AND submit your deposit to secure your spot in the residence halls and receive priority registration for Orientation.

The deadline to submit both is May 1 at 11:59 p.m.

What's new?

Assignment process change

This was to be the inaugural year of allowing incoming students to conduct room self-selection. Instead of embarking on this new process journey during these challenging and fluid times, Housing will rely on our successful past history of conducting an in-house assignment process.  

What does this mean for you?

By the May 1 deadline:

  • Ensure your top 3 hall preferences reflect your top hall choices (update if you need to given the information below).
  • If you have a roommate preference, ensure your roommate group status is LEADER and MEMBER and that both individuals have the SAME Living Learning Preferences and Building Preferences.
  • If you do not have a roommate preference, Housing will provide you a random roommate based on the 26 roommate matching questions.

Then your work is done. Sit back and wait for your room assignment information via email at the beginning of June.

Assignments will be processed in the following order based on the housing application submit date:

  • Living Learning Community (LLC) Preference (If you have a roommate preference, both individuals must specify the same LLC. Exception is Honors where the roommate does not have to be part of the Honors program).
  • International Roommate Preference
  • Rainbow Floor Preference
  • Chemical Free Preference
  • Roommate Preference
    • The person in the roommate group with the earliest housing application submission date will determine when the roommate pair will receive an assignment within the process.
    • The process will try to assign the roommate group together within the top hall preferences. However, roommate groups may be assigned outside of top hall preferences in order to keep the roommate group together (No space was available in the top hall preferences to accommodate the roommate pair).
  • Room Preference
    • If no rooms are available within your top three hall preferences, you may receive an assignment in a different hall. Some halls are a top preference by a large percentage of students and there is not enough space to accommodate all requests for this building.
    • If you receive an assignment outside of your top three preferences, remember that it is not the hall that creates the experience but rather the people within the community.

Housing timeline

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Residence hall updates

Governors Hall open for Fall 2020

We are happy to report that another upper-campus residence hall will be available to you as a room preference for fall. Governors Hall was originally scheduled to go offline for renovation, but we are glad to be able to offer this option to you this Fall. Student preferences from previous years have shown that Governors is a popular choice because of its location on upper campus and proximity to Hilltop Dining, Recreation locations and residential parking lots. It is also a larger building that allows us to accommodate more students on upper campus.

Action required

Our current plan is to take Putnam Hall offline for the coming fall for some minor restoration work. If you previously had Putnam Hall as one of your top three hall choices, please update your preferences by May 1. Visit My Housing Portal > Contract > Manage 20-21 to make your update.

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Living Learning Communities

Due to the hall changes for the next academic year, Aspiring Educators Living Learning Community will move to Bridgman Hall and the Hmong Living Learning Community will be in Governors Hall for 2020-2021.

Questions?

Because we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we do not yet know what future impacts might occur. If you have specific questions or wish to update your housing requests, we are here for you — don’t hesitate to contact us. We are available Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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