Apply For Housing: First-Year Students

Due to limited staffing and services, the 2020-2021 Housing application for first-year students will tentatively open MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020, at 10 a.m. and will close Sunday, June 21, at 11:55 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to new students who have already attended Fast Track.

Students are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible during the above time-frame in order to have time to find a roommate and to have the most housing options to pick from during room selection.

Students who cannot apply before Sunday, June 21, at 11:55 p.m. will be able to apply once the application reopens for late applicants starting Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Late applicants do not have the option to request a roommate, but will have the ability to pick where they live out of the remaining available spaces.


 The first-year housing application broken into two parts:

  • Part One: This part of the application is where you submit your contract, make your $150 non-refundable prepayment, and search for and connect with a roommate for the upcoming academic year.
  • Part Two: You and your roommate will pick where you want to live, make your housing reservation, then individually complete the rest of the application to select your meal plan and finalize your selections.

Students can only move from part one into part two of the housing application once they find a roommate and create a group of two with them. This is why we recommend students apply as soon as possible - the earlier you apply, the more time you will have to match with a roommate.

  • Part One Details

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    The first item you will complete in part one is your $150 non-refundable prepayment. This prepayment cannot be waived or charged to your student account. Your prepayment is applied to your student account before school starts to help pay any balance you may owe.

    Signing your 2020-2021 Housing & Dining Services contract is next. How you complete this depends on your current age:

    • If you are under 18 at the time you apply, you are required to submit a co-signed contract. We help you complete this by collecting your legal guardian's contact information and email them a copy of the co-sign contract. You need to review the contract with your legal guardian, and both fill out the bottom portion of the co-sign contract. You need to take the signed document and create a digital PDF. The application will prompt you to upload your co-signed contract as a PDF file. Once you have attached your PDF file to your application, our staff will review and verify the signatures. As soon as the document is approved, you will be able to continue the application process.
    • If you are over the age of 18 at the time you apply, make sure you read through the application before signing it electronically! The contract is legally-binding, and you will be held accountable to all items listed within the contract. Please make sure to contact us with your questions prior to signing.

    After you've completed the contract pages, you'll be asked a variety of questions related to your student status, emergency contact person, any Living-Learning and Theme Community preferences, and your housing needs. This pages are very simple to complete.

    Next, you'll be asked to create a personal description and answer our roommate matching questions. Your personal description is a text box where you write a little bit about yourself, introducing yourself to any potential roommates. The roommate matching questions helps our system match you with other students based on a variety of personal items, and provides you a way to search for compatible roommates.

    Once you know who you want as a roommate for the upcoming academic year, you and your roommate will follow the directions to create a roommate group together.

    When you are in a roommate group of two people, you will have access to part two of the application.

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    After you and your roommate group together at the end of part one, part two of the application will become available to both students.

    If you and your roommate are trying to live in a specific Living-Learning or Theme Community, double-check that you both have selected that option from the Living-Learning/Theme Community preference page. If one of you is missing that selection, you will get an error when trying to make your assignments into that community.

    Selecting a room for the academic year is the first item you'll complete. When you created your group in part one, one person in the group is designated as the group leader. The group leader has the ability to assign themselves and their group member to a space.

    During room selection, you'll see all of the spaces that are available to first-year students. First-year students are restricted to doubles, which means that you and your roommate live on one side of the suite, and you'll have two other first-year students of the same gender living on the other side of the suite.

    After each person has been assigned to a bed space in a room, each student must complete the remaining pages of their application individually in order to sign-up for the required meal plan. If another student assigns you to a space, you must complete the remaining pages of your application no later than Sunday, June 21, at 11:55 p.m.

Process for Late Applicants

Students who cannot apply before 11:55 p.m. June 21, 2020, will be able to apply once the application reopens on Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m.

Late applicants complete everything detailed above in the Part One and Part Two Details at the same time, except for finding a roommate and picking a space to live together for the academic year.

Students who apply late will still write a personal description and answer roommate matching questions, but will automatically move into room selection as a single student.

We highly recommend that you review the profiles of other students already assigned to a space before you pick your bed space. When you review another student's profile, you will be able to read their personal description and see how they answered the roommate matching questions. Finding a good match of a roommate is your responsibility, and will help you avoid roommate issues.

Please review the questions below for further clarification:

  • What are my housing options?Expand dropdown

    First-year students are eligible to live in doubles in a variety of buildings on campus. A double means that you are sharing a room with another student. The majority of our doubles are in suite-form. A suite is two double rooms connected with a shared bathroom. Students share their bedroom with one other student and the bathroom with all students assigned to the suite.

    The only building that is not suite-style housing is Wise Hall. Wise Hall is community bathroom housing. Students in Wise share a room with one other student. The bathroom facilities are community-style, and are used by all of the students on the floor.

    For further details on your housing options, please visit the "First-Year Students" page. This link will take you to a menu of all of the different halls that offer first-year housing.

  • What should I write in my personal description?Expand dropdown

    Your personal description should include anything that you want other eligible students to know about you. This description is something that everyone looking for a roommate will see! You'll want to mention and likes/dislikes or if you have any things that are "deal-breakers". For example, if you are allergic to smoke and can't live with someone who smokes, you should mention this so other students know.

    You should also mention if you are interested in any of our Living-Learning Communities. For example, if you are in Honors, you'll need to find a roommate that is also in Honors.

    Lastly, we HIGHLY recommend that you put ways potential roommates can contact you in your personal description. The messaging system within the application is not the best, and it is way easier for students to communicate via text, phone, or on social media.

  • How can I find a roommate?

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    To help you find a roommate, our application process is a great place to find compatible roommates. Within the application, after you complete your personal description and answer your roommate matching questions, you will come to a page titled "Find Your Roommate & Make a Group".

    On this page you will find a variety of ways to search for a roommate. The best starting places are:

    • Suggest % match Roommates: This link will give you a list of all eligible students and your percentage (%) match. The percentage is based on analyzing how you and the other student answered the roommate matching questions.
    • Search Using Questions & Answers: This link allows you to search for eligible students based off the questions that are important to you and the desired answer you'd like your roommate to have. For example, one of our questions is "Being an ally to the LGBTQA+ community is..." If this is important to me, I can select this question and indicate I want to see students who answered this question as "Absolutely Essential." You can select to search using as many question answers as you'd like, but we recommend you limit your number of preferred answers to one or two in order to get more results. 

    We also host a FaceBook group to help first-year students find a roommate. Using the FaceBook group bypasses the messaging system used within the application, which results in more students seeing and responding to roommate inquiries.

    To help students connect, we recommend that students write their contact or social media information into their personal profiles. That way, if you find someone interesting using the application search features, you can quickly contact them using the information in their profile.

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    If you already know who you want as a roommate, you need to follow the directions and create a roommate group with them.

    Before either of you creates a group, talk to one another about who should be the group leader. The group leader will be the person who will assign you both to beds in the same space. Whoever you want picking the space should create the group, which makes them the group leader.

    Once the group is created, the group leader will use the "Search for Specific Roommate" to find the other student in the system. The group leader will then send a request to the other student to join the group. The other student must log into the application and accept the request from the group leader.

    Once a group of two has been successfully made, students will have access to move into room selection.

  • Can I request my suite-mates?Expand dropdown

    No. First-year students can only request and form a group with one other student (their roommate).

    If you know another group of two that you'd like to have as suite-mates, you can coordinate with them to select opposite sides of a specific suite during the room selection process.

  • What if I don't find a roommate by June 21?Expand dropdown

    Sometimes, student don't connect with anyone, or apply right before the deadline and have no time left to find a roommate. If you don't find a roommate before the deadline, don't panic!

    You will get an email to your active email address on file on Monday, June 22, regarding picking a room. As long as you met the June 21 deadline, you'll have special access to the application in order to review open spaces, read through the profiles of other students already assigned to spaces, and pick your own space. If this applies to you, you must complete your application no later than Friday, June 26.

  • Why is the application closed from June 21 through July 6?Expand dropdown

    We close all of our application process at the end of June in order to process housing and meal plan charges in time to have them on your account for the first E-Bills issued in July. Doing so helps students anticipate their costs and more time to sign-up for payment plans.

  • How do I pick my meal plan?Expand dropdown

    First-year students select their meal plan within the housing application. After a student has picked (or has been assigned) to a space, the next few pages in the application process goes over meal plan options.

    Selecting a meal plan is a two-step process. Each meal plan has two parts: a swipe plan and a flex amount. Students will first be asked to pick what type of swipe plan they would like to purchase. Next, students are given different amounts of flex dollars to pick from to complete their meal plan.

  • Do I have to pick a meal plan?Expand dropdown

    Yes, all first-year students are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans must be purchased through the housing application process.

  • How can I see my who is living in my suite?Expand dropdown

    Details of your housing assignment, including information on the other students assigned to your suite, can be found on the last page of the housing application.  All previous pages of the application must be complete before you can access the final page.

  • When is move-in?Expand dropdown

    First-year student move-in begins on Friday, August 28, 2020, starting at 9a.m. Move-in details will be sent to your active email address at the beginning of August 2020.

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