Office of Residential Life
Housing Lottery Information

The following information is very important. Please read this entire page, and then print or bookmark to keep it as a reference. It covers the following topics:


Early Applications (top)

In an effort to reduce the stress involved when selecting rooms during the Housing Lottery, the Office of Residential Life continues the tradition of providing students with opportunities to apply for certain room types in advance. 

Students who wish to participate in an early lottery must have their applications completed by March 19, 2014. Selection times for theme communities, singles, and suites will be distributed on March 24, 2013.  The selection process will run from March 26-27, 2013.

The application types represented below are within the Residence Hall housing application.

Single Room Information

There are a number of designated singles in our residence halls, the majority of them being in Dodds starting Fall 2014. Singles can be chosen during the Early Housing Lottery.  

Suite Style Housing Information

Students who wish to live with smaller, more intimate groupings of neighbors have the options of Dodds Hall and Harriett House. These buildings have double rooms with 4-, 6-, or 8-residents sharing a common area. 

In order to accommodate students who wish to live in one of these communities, we offer spaces first to students who can fill the space. Any available spaces in suites during the housing selection are then offered as standard double (or designated single) rooms.

Theme Housing Information

Theme living is designed to increase the range of housing options available to all students. It allows students to experience the benefits and rewards of living in a smaller community, while ensuring equitable access to residential resources. Theme living is an option for interested groups whose mission is consistent with the goals and purposes of Illinois Wesleyan University and whose ability to enhance that mission will be increased by the opportunity to live together.  For more details, as well as current community options, go to the Theme Housing page.

 


  Dodds Singles & Info (top)

Fall 2014, most of Dodds will be converted to single rooms. Those single rooms will be charged at the Designated Single rate. See Tuition and Fees page through the Business Office website. Students wanting to live in those singles will fill out an early application (see timeline on the current students Housing Registration page). If they want to live with 3 other friends in singles, they will be able to do that during their housing selection period.

 


 

Housing Lottery number distribution (top)

The Housing Lottery is IWU’s Residence Hall Selection Process.  It receives this name due to the process we undergo to provide students with their room selection order.Once the fall registration process is complete, ORL staff place all registered students into tiers based on credit hours.  Once students have been placed in their tiers, a number is randomly assigned to each student.  So, if there are 100 seniors in Tier 1, each student has an equal chance of receiving #1 to #100.  See “Assigning students a specified time to chose a room” below for details on each tier. 

Housing Lottery Numbers are not provided to students. 

 


Assigning students a specified time to choose a room (top)

Students choose rooms in an order determined by the number of class units earned, assuring that senior students have the opportunity for the best campus placements. This is because some of our facilities are more highly desirable than others. Using an ordered process gives all students at a similar class and credit-hour level the same chance at each type of housing available on campus. Students within each credit-hour range are assigned a time to choose space randomly so that every person has the same chance of choosing first or choosing last within the credit-hour range.  The following chart shows the class tier, and the corresponding credit-hour levels:

Class tier Credit-hour range
Senior Tier I 22.25 or more
Junior Tier I 13.25 - 18.99
Junior Tier II 10.00 - 13.24
Sophomore Tier I 4.25 - 9.99
Sophomore Tier II 2.00 - 4.24
Advanced Freshman 0.00 - 1.99
Late Registration  

 

AP Credits are not recorded by December, and therefore are not included in unit counts for first-year students. Specified time blocks and a selection order within each block are assigned randomly by computer under the supervision of the Office of Residential Life after all registrations have been collected at the start of Spring Break. Your specified housing selection time is recorded with your name; times cannot be traded or given away.You will use the earliest specified time possible to select your room.

If you are selecting with a roommate or group of roommates, the earliest time in the group is used for the entire group. So, if Chris (3/30 at 7:25 PM) and Pat (3/28 at 4:10 PM) are trying for a room together, Pat's time would be the one they would use because it is the earliest and would give them the best possible chance of getting the room they want.

 


The Timing of the Housing Lottery Nights (top)

Students sign up for rooms at specified times over the span of up to four evenings.  The first day is Tuesday, April 1st and selection will continue until all registered students have had an opportunity to participate. In 10 minute time intervals, from 3pm - 8pm daily, students will be allotted time to select from available, gender appropriate spaces.

Utilizing the MyHousing portal, students, students do not report to any specific place to register for housing.  Any computer with an internet connect will all students access to register for housing.  Students will want to make sure they know their best available time and plan to be together in the same room as roommate pairs, just in case your first choice is unavailable.

 


Advice for rising sophomores -Thinking Realistically (top)

A simple application of mathematics will show us it's not possible for everyone who wants a single room to have a single room. Students with the highest number of credit-hours have the earliest (best) specified times. This means that seniors and juniors will have first shot at the most desirable rooms on campus. Everyone can't live in a single or a suite. Be realistic when you are planning for where you want to live. You may not get the type of room you desire most, although you will be housed. Most sophomores will live with a roommate in a double room. Most sophomores will not be housed in preferential halls (Harriett or Magill for instance).

On the last night of the selection process, there may be a handful of rising sophomores (those with the latest specified times) that will be unable to be placed into a room. This is expected--we know that a number of students will sign up for a room and then later decide that they will not be using the room which they have been placed in (because they are transferring, withdrawing, moving off-campus, etc.). Because you have not been assigned a room during the initial placement process does not mean that residence hall spaces will be unavailable to you. Students who cannot be housed on the final night will be able to sign up for a waiting list. At the time that a room opens up, they will be placed in a residence hall space with the roommate of their choice.

 


Finding a Roommate (top)

There are lots of good reasons why people don't have roommates. Students who do not have a roommate, or enough roommates to fill a multiple-occupancy room (suites, for instance) can log into MyHousing and review potential roommate preferences.  This will allow you to email and interact with potential roommates, avoiding being randomly assigned to a roommate.  If you do not want to participate in this online matching, be sure to log into MyHousing and set your personal profile to private.  

ORL will also host a "Pizza and Potentials" Night - For students looking for roommates! Come enjoy some pizza, and get to know other people who are looking as well. You might just find your new roommate!

If you do not have a roommate at your specified time block, you will be able to place yourself in a multiple occupancy roommate, but another roommate will be added to your room later.

 


Medical and Mental Health Accommodations (top)

Before single rooms placements are made from early applications, students who have a medical or mental health need are considered.  Housing accommodations are granted to students who provide appropriate medical documentation supporting the need for said accommodation. Decisions are made through the Office of Residential Life in consultation, as necessary, with the Arnold Health Service or Counseling and Consultation Services.  The documentation criteria can be found on the Housing Accommodations page.  Once the March 1st deadline passes, requests for housing accommodations will be granted when space is available.

 


Before you "come to" log-in for the Housing Lottery Nights... (top)

  • For students who attended the Housing Lottery in the Hansen Center, remember, there will no longer be a physical location for the lottery!
  • Make sure you know the best time of your roommate pairing and get to a computer at that time.
  • Make sure all roommate handshakes have been completed before your time, or you will not be able to select a room together.
  • Have an idea of what room you want and have a back-up plan (or two) if you don't get that room.

 


 Wait List Information (top)

There are often times when students are not able to sign up for the specific building they originally hoped for and choose another location.  In all instances, students who would like to put their name on a wait list for a specific space utilizing the Waitlist form in MyHousing.

  • Students can sign up for as many options as they desire.

  • As spaces become available, students will be contacted to either accept or decline a new placement.


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