Roommates and Room Selection
To prepare for room selection, choose your roommate(s) for next year and several room preferences. No room will be under-booked, i.e. four students must sign up for East Village, 8 students for an eight person suite in West Village, two students must request a double, etc. For the traditional residence halls (not East Village, Parkway, or West Village), roommates should determine their best lottery number and arrive to housing selection at the time listed for that number.
A student other than you and your roommate(s) may not use your lottery number. It is also to your advantage to be on time for room selection; it is not necessary for you to log in early. Floor plans will be available online to review. No room changes will be made prior to June 15, 2020.
Meal plans are required for all residential students. Students in Parkway Hall and East Village can choose from 7, 15, or unlimited meals per week. While residents in all other halls including the Spann townhouses can select from 15 or unlimited meal plans. Meal plans include $100 declining dollars per semester. There are no exemptions to the meal plan requirement.
The 4 Spann Townhouses will be assigned during 6 person selection times. Students who live in a townhouse have the option of three meal plans – 7, 15, or unlimited meals per week.
Housing Selection Etiquette
As you go through housing selection, be considerate of others with regard to your housing choices. Please be an honest participant in the process. The Residence Life Office, Social Regulations Council, and/or Honor Council will investigate allegations of dishonest or unethical behavior.
- If you are unsure if your plan is ethical or not, ask!
- Go through housing selection with the person with whom you intend to live. Do not "use" another roommate with a higher lottery number who will later move out.
- Make arrangements to live off campus if that is your intention. Do not sign up for a room to help a friend with a rooming situation.
- Use your own lottery number. Use of someone else′s number will result in an Honor Council referral.
- Allegations of dishonest or unethical behavior will be investigated by the Residence Life or the appropriate judicial council.
Housing Cancellation Policy
By contacting Aretha Milligan, Director of Residence Life, a student may cancel the registration or housing assignment. If a student cancels before May 15, a cancellation fee of $250 will be placed on the student’s account. Students who cancel between May 16 and June 30 will incur a $500 cancellation fee. After June 30, the cancellation fee is $750. If a student registers for housing, and then decides to participate in a study abroad program next fall, the registration will be deferred to the spring semester, and no fee will be incurred. If a student registers for housing, and is subsequently released from the residency requirement, the registration will be cancelled without penalty. If a student registers for housing and subsequently withdraws or transfers the student will be held to the housing cancellation policy.
In the case that a roommate withdraws from housing, a student may be assigned to the open space, or the remaining student may be asked to move to another under-booked room.
If you have questions, please call the Residence Life Office at 843-3241.
The college requires incoming first-year students and rising sophomores to live on campus.Beginning fall 2020, that class will have a three year residency requirement. It is expected that some students will cancel their registration prior to housing selection. However, if at housing selection, demand is still greater than capacity, some rising juniors will be placed on a waiting list (in lottery number order) for housing so that we can accommodate rising sophomores and incoming first-year students. If a waiting list is needed, it will be a short list. As spaces open during the spring and summer, students will be contacted in waiting list order. If a student is on the waiting list, the cancellation fee policy will be in effect when the student accepts a housing assignment. An update will be emailed to rising juniors on April 1.
To control room and board costs for residents, the college’s goal is to open the halls in August at 100% occupancy. Given the demand from returning students and our admissions goal, it is expected that residence halls will be full this fall. On average, 83% of returning students who register for housing selection actually move into the halls in August. A few students transfer, and others choose to live off campus or study abroad during the fall semester. The Residence Life Office reserves some rooms for incoming students, but cancellations from returning students are expected. These cancellations provide the remainder of rooms for first-year students.
If your roommate cancels a housing assignment, you will be required to consolidate in order for the college to meet housing goals for first-year students. In this situation, you will be contacted by email or phone. With your cooperation, the college will assist you to create a roommate/room situation with which you will be comfortable. Unfortunately, if you do not respond to messages, a consolidation may be made. An early cancellation in the spring/summer creates more options for the remaining roommate(s). Please contact Aretha Milligan with questions about consolidation.