2016/2017 Housing Lottery:
Students who pay 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 2016.
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 2013 will be considered rising seniors;
Students who graduated high school
in 2014 will be considered rising juniors; and
Students who graduated high school
in 2015 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, 2016.
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
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 21st 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.
Students are reminded that any holds on their accounts 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 28th and 5PM on March
29th. The second time slot
will occur between noon on March 31st and 5PM on April 1st. The third and final housing sign up will be
between noon April 12th and 5PM on April 13th. 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
group's time. Housing assignments will
be posted on your myWofford link during the afternoon of April 29th.
Groups with four rising seniors will have priority on
apartments in the Village
Groups with four rising juniors will have priority for suites
in Lesesne and Wightman Halls
Rising sophomores will have priority for rooms in DuPre and
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.
Rising juniors and seniors who enter the Lottery in groups
of two will be assigned to a suite with another roommate pair by the Residence
Greene, Marsh and Carlisle Hall are reserved for our
first-year students. Second and third
year students who are not assigned to Wightman, Lesesne, Shipp and DuPre may be
assigned to the Carlisle Hall. Carlisle
is a dry residence hall and all students who are housed there will adhere to
The Wofford Village:
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 18th. 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 requesting housing accommodations should register with Accessibility Services by accessing an accommodations request in the Student tab on myWofford. Details about this process can be found on
the Wellness Center website, http://www.wofford.edu/wellnessCenter/HousingPolicies/. For incoming first-year students, please refer to the Gold Guide for housing deadlines.
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:
The rooms in Greene and Marsh
Halls and approximately half of the rooms in Carlisle Hall are reserved
until June 1st for first-year students. Students are reminded of
this policy because dozens of rising juniors and rising sophomores students who
will not receive their room assignment until late in the summer. These
students will be placed in order of their lottery number on the list of
students “To Be Assigned” Housing. In
order for the Residence Life staff to be able to communicate with the students
on this list, it is important for the students to provide a current cell phone
Students who are academically excluded from the College at
the close of the 2015-2016 academic year will automatically lose their housing assignments. If reinstated
by August 15, 2016, 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 2016 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
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 18th. Applications are available on the Residence
Life website. You can also access the application by clicking HERE. Students who are granted permission to live off-campus will not
participate in the 2016 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.
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.