2012 Housing Lottery
The 2012 Housing Lottery will be conducted online. Students who have paid their $300 housing deposit by March 15 and who are in good standing with the College will be assigned an individual lottery number. Students not submitting their housing deposit by March 15 will not be guaranteed housing, and will be assigned Lottery numbers at the bottom of the list.
Individual Lottery numbers will be assigned randomly within classes and among credit hour tiers. The numbers will be kept confidential. Tiers are as follows:
- Students (rising seniors) who entered the college in the fall of 2005 and have 90 or more credit hours as of May 16, 2012
- Students who entered the college after the fall of 2006 and have 90 or more credit hours as of May 16, 2012
- Students (rising juniors) who entered the college in the fall of 2006 and who have 60-89 credit hours as of May 16, 2012
- Student who entered the college after the fall of 2006 who have 60–89 credit hours as of May 16, 2012.
- Students (rising sophomores) who entered the college in the fall of 2005 or after and who have under 59 credit hours as of May 16, 2012.
Students are classified according to official records maintained by the Registrar’s Office. Credit hours obtained during summer school or other adjustments made after March 15 will not be considered. If there are any questions about your hours, please contact the Registrar’s Office before March 15.
During the online Housing Lottery, students will be able to rank the residence halls in order of preference. Students will be able to specify roommates, and also have the option of specifying suitemates if desired or applicable.
All eligible students will receive an email prior to the Lottery. This email will contain a confidential PIN. From March 19 through March 25, one student from each roommate pair or suitemate group must log into the Lottery website with his or her PIN. This student must have the PINs and the summer contact cell phone numbers for all members of the group in order to register their group. Changes to the pair or foursome cannot be made once the information has been entered online. When the pair or foursome is registered, a group final lottery number will be generated by the computer. This group lottery number will be calculated by averaging the individual lottery numbers. Housing will be assigned in order of the final group lottery numbers, from the lowest number to the highest one.
Eligible students and groups of students will make their housing preferences April 7 to April 16. 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 one-third of groups will sign up between 4:00 PM on April 7 and 4:00 PM on April 8. The second one-third of groups will sign up between 4:00 PM on April 9 and 4:00 PM on April 10. The third one-third of groups will sign up between 4:00 PM on April 14 and 4:00 PM on April 15. Within each of these groups, 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 within a group, it will not appear as an option for later groups. For example, if the top one-third of students fill up the Apartment Housing Village, the Village will not appear as an option for the second group of students. Housing assignments will be emailed to each group the day after they have signed up.
Students will have the option to rank the following building preferences 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 non-suite-style buildings (Shipp, DuPré) 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 freshman class, some freshmen will be placed in Carlisle Hall. This will result in that section of Carlisle Hall being a dry floor, as are Marsh and Greene Halls. Please note that if you preference the first floor of Carlisle and are placed there, the rules about this being a dry floor will be applicable to you as well.
Within The Village, only rising seniors entering the Lottery in groups of four will be placed in an apartment. Each house will contain between one and four apartments, with each apartment housing four students. Apartments located within the same house do not share any common facilities or entries, and are considered separate units within the Lottery.
New apartments are under construction in the third phase of the Village. These houses are scheduled to be completed in time for the opening of the fall 2008 semester. However, there could be construction delays caused by events beyond our control (like weather) between now and then. Wofford will provide alternate housing for all students assigned to any apartments that are delayed in being completed. All students assigned to apartments in the third phase will be notified in August of the final opening dates of their houses.
Students wishing to apply for a single room must contact Brian Lemere, the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life via email at email@example.com by March 17. All single rooms are located in Shipp and DuPré Halls, and cost an additional $1100 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. No changes to these pairs will be granted until September 19th, 2008.
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 physician to Dean Beth Wallace in Health Services prior to Friday, March 21 in order to be placed in a room before the Lottery commences.
The Residence Life Office worked with the Facilities Department to bring in AAA Environmental to conduct air quality samplings of each of our residence halls. This agency randomly sampled rooms and hallways on each floor and also collected samples on the outside of each residence hall. The air quality results showed no difference between those samples from the Village to any of our other residence halls. This does not change the fact that many students suffer from seasonal allergies; but it does positively affirm the air quality in our buildings. Studies have shown that one in six people in the United States are affected by seasonal allergies. Many students and staff on our campus battle with these allergies as the upstate area of South Carolina is often referred to as a leading area of allergy sufferers.
The Residence Life Office shares this news because of the increased requests last year of those asking for specific residence halls because of allergy concerns. These results show there is no difference in residence halls in terms of air quality.
Our office will continue to work with those students who have special needs. Those students requesting specific needs can find the required documentation on the Health Services website.
Other Important Information
Students who are academically excluded from the College at the close of the 2011-12 academic year will automatically lose their housing assignment. If reinstated before September 2012, these students will be assigned housing by the Office of Residence Life on a space-available basis.
Students who are currently participating in a study abroad program, but will be living on campus during the fall semester must provide their PIN number to their roommate or suitemates to sign up for housing. If a roommate or suitemate is unable to contact the person who is abroad, they may contact Brian Lemere in the Office of Residence Life to review the student’s proxy form and 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 $300 housing deposit in order to secure housing for the spring semester. A Study Abroad Proxy form will be provided to each of these students through campus mail.
Students who wish to apply for off-campus residency must submit an application to the Director of Residence Life by March 14. Applications are available on the Residence Life website. Students who are granted permission to live off-campus will not participate in the 2012 Housing Lottery.
Students not submitting their housing deposit by March 15 will not be guaranteed housing, and will be assigned Lottery numbers at the bottom of the list. Questions regarding receipt of a housing deposit should be directed to the Business Office. Questions regarding the Housing Lottery should be directed to Brian Lemere (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Residence Life.