2015 Housing Lottery
Students who paid their $500 housing deposit by the March 15th deadline and who are in good standing with the College will be assigned a randomly generated lottery number by the Information Technology (IT) Department. Students who did not submit their housing deposit by March 15th may not participate in the lottery. They may be added to a list of students to be assigned housing at a later date. Students who will be participating in a study abroad program during the fall semester will not be participating in the Housing Lottery for Fall 2015.
Individual lottery numbers will be assigned randomly by the computer according to the year the student graduated high school.
- Students who graduated high school in 2012 will be considered rising seniors;
- Students who graduated high school in 2013 will be considered rising juniors; and
- Students who graduated high school in 2014 will be considered rising sophomores.
Students are classified according to official records maintained by the Registrar’s Office. If there are any questions about your classification, please contact the Registrar’s Office before March 20, 2015.
During the online Housing Lottery, students will be able to rank the residence halls in which they would like to live next fall in order of their preference. Students will be able to specify roommates, and also have the option of specifying suitemates and apartment-mates if desired. Each eligible roommate pair or suitemate group will be assigned a final group lottery number according to the average of their individual lottery numbers. Housing will be assigned in order of the final lottery numbers, from lowest to highest.
How does the Housing Lottery work?
There are several stages to the lottery. First, all eligible students will receive an email prior to the Lottery containing a PIN. Starting at noon March 20th through March 25th, one student from each roommate pair or suitemate group must log in to the Lottery website with his or her PIN. This student must have the PINs and summer contact telephone numbers for every member of the group in order to proceed. At this time, the student will register the roommate pair or suitemate groups. These pairings will be used to generate the group’s final lottery number. You are reminded that any holds on a student’s account will prevent that student from participating in the housing lottery process.
The second stage of the lottery is when students register their housing preferences, and this will start the week before spring break. Each roommate pair or suitemate group will receive an email confirming their housing preference sign-up date. This date will be based on the group’s final lottery number. The first time for students to sign up will be between noon .March 30th and noon on March 31st. The second time slot will occur between noon on April 2nd and noon on April 3rd. The third and final housing sign up will be between noon April 14th and noon April 15th. Within each of these time slots, housing will be assigned in order of the final lottery numbers. Submission time has no effect on placement.
Once a housing area has been filled, it will not appear as an option. For example, if the top one-third (or first group) of students fills up the Village apartments, the Village will not appear as an option for the students signing up during the second groups’ time. Housing assignments will be posted on your mywofford link during the afternoon of April 29th.
The following building preferences will be ranked, in order from 1 (most desirable) to 6 (least desirable).
Additionally, within DuPré, Shipp, Carlisle, Wightman, and Lesesne, groups will be asked to specify their preferred floor. Groups will be placed in their preferred building by order of their final, averaged Lottery number. If a group’s first preference is unavailable, their second preference will be used, and so on. Within Shipp and DuPré Halls every attempt will be made to place students entering the Lottery in groups of four together or near each other, but no guarantees can be made. Within suite-style buildings (Carlisle, Wightman, Lesesne) students entering the Lottery in groups of two will not penalized, but will be assigned to a suite with another roommate pair. (These assignments may not be changed once they have been made.)
Please note that due to the increased size of the incoming class, first-year students will again be placed throughout Carlisle Hall. Therefore, Carlisle Hall will continue to be designated a dry residence hall, as Marsh and Greene Halls. The second or third year students who are housed there will adhere to this policy.
Each building in the Village contains between one and four apartments, with each apartment housing four students. Apartments located within the same house do not share any common facilities or entrances, and are considered separate units within the Lottery. First preference for all Village apartments will be given to groups of four rising seniors.
Are single rooms available in the Housing Lottery?
Students wishing to apply for a single room must contact Mr. Demario Watts (wattsDL@wofford.edu) in the Office of Residence Life by Friday, March 20th. All single rooms are located in Shipp and DuPré Halls, and cost an additional $1,500 per year. Single rooms are not placed in the Lottery; rather they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are not placed in a single room and participate in the Housing Lottery without a roommate will be placed with other individual participants and assigned housing based on the average of their Lottery numbers.
What is the process for special needs housing?
The Office of Residence Life assigns rooms in each residence hall to students with special physical, emotional, or academic needs. Students with special needs must provide documentation from a health care provider to Dean Beth Wallace in the Wellness Center prior to Friday, March 13th. Details about this process can be found on the Health Services website, http://www.wofford.edu/wellnessCenter/HousingPolicies/.
Almost all of Wofford’s residence hall rooms are double occupancy. Having a roommate is an important part of individual student development and campus life. The Residence Life staff encourages all students to select their own roommates as an upperclassman. Students without roommates or suitemates should list their building preferences, but they will be assigned to a room or an apartment with a roommate by the Residence Life staff.
“To Be Assigned” List
Each September all first-year students are assigned to Greene, Marsh and Carlisle Halls. Because we reserve the beds in Carlisle Hall until June 15th or later for our incoming students, we do not finish assigning rooms for students until late July. We apologize in advance to the dozens of students who will not receive their room assignment until the summer months. These students will be placed in order of their lottery number on the list of students “To Be Assigned” Housing. This spring we plan to intentionally enhance students' residential experience. One of the methods we will do this will be to support class identity so we are reserving the rooms in Lesesne and Wightman Halls for third year students and the rooms in Shipp and DuPre Halls for second-year students. Therefore, juniors as well as sophomores may be on the list for room assignments. Please know that the Residence Life staff will work with everyone who is not initially assigned a room so they eventually have a positive placement on campus.
Other Important Information
Students who are academically excluded from the College at the close of the 2014-2015 academic year will automatically lose their housing assignments. If reinstated by August 15, 2015, these students will be assigned housing by the Assistant Director of Residence Life on a space-available basis.
The Residence Life staff supports the Study Abroad Program. Students who are currently participating in a study abroad program and who will be living on campus during the fall semester must provide their PIN number to their roommate or suitemates to sign up for fall on campus housing. If a roommate or suitemate is unable to contact the person who is abroad, they may contact Mr. Watts in the Office of Residence Life to receive that student’s PIN number.
Students who will be participating in a study abroad program during the fall semester should not participate in the Housing Lottery. The Office of Residence Life will receive a list of all students studying abroad prior to the Lottery, and these students will not be able to participate. These students should still pay the $500 housing deposit in order to study abroad and pre-register for classes.
Applications to Live Off Campus
As a residential college, all students are expected to live on campus unless they are married or commuting from their permanent residence. Students who wish to apply for off-campus residency must submit an application to Dean Brian Lemere, the Director of Residence Life by Friday, March 20th. Applications are available on the Residence Life website. Students who are granted permission to live off-campus will not participate in the 2015 Housing Lottery.
Students not submitting their housing deposit by March 15th will not be guaranteed housing for the fall semester. Students who are eligible for a waiver for the deposit should confirm this with a member of the Financial Aid staff. Questions regarding receipt of a housing deposit should be directed to the Business Office. Questions regarding the Housing Lottery should be directed to Mr. Watts, the Assistant Director of Residence Life at wattsDL@wofford.edu.
Students: Please remember that Wofford College reserves the right of final approval of all room and residence hall assignments. Also, Wofford College reserves the right to move a student from one room or residence hall to another during the year.