Housing Lottery for 2016-2017
Lottery for Rising Third-Year Students Living in Residence Halls

Housing Lottery At the request of the Residence Hall Association Senate, in November 2007, the Department of Resident Life announced that a lottery, or purely random drawing of the names of then current second-year students living in residence halls, would determine the order in which these students would be considered for residence hall housing in their third year in the event that housing availability would be limited.

The Department of Resident Life predicts that based on current occupancy levels and commitments expected for Fall 2016 that all current second-year students (rising juniors) in good standing will be subject to the housing lottery to determine if they will be eligible to secure housing in residence halls.

The lottery will be in force from January 2016 to August 24, 2016, the period of time in which the actual number of these students who can be accommodated in residence halls for Fall 2016 will become known.

Why a Lottery?

The need for the lottery arises from two considerations.

First, the Department of Resident Life projects that not all interested students in a particular category (in this instance, students now in their second year of college, for whom Fall 2016 will be their third year in college) will be notified on March 30 that they can select rooms and roommates for Fall 2016 during Room Selection. Our initial projection for Fall 2016 contains an expectation that a small number of third-year students in exempted categories will be offered housing but a larger number who seek residence hall housing may have to be wait-listed in April 2016 and may remain uncertain of their residence hall housing status over the summer months.

Second, the method for determining access to residence halls within a group of students, such as current second-year students, is by a lottery. The existing priority number system for Room Selection procedures (a system of calculating a Priority Number for every student) is not meant to determine access to residence halls and will not be used to do so. Priority Numbers are assigned every April to eligible students and will continue to determine the order in which eligible students choose their rooms and roommates. Lottery determines access to the process, priority determines order of selection.

A Note about Good Standing

RHA legislation regarding status for lottery-eligible students with rule violation(s) that result in multiple administrative housing probations will be implemented. Such students will be placed at the end of the lottery group for 2016-2017. This will have a direct negative impact on their lottery positions.