- Early Application Types & Info
- Housing Selection Times & Distribution
- Assigning students a specified time to choose a room
- The timing of the Housing Selection Nights
- Advice for rising sophomores--thinking realistically
- Finding a roommate
- Medical and Mental Health Accommodations
- Before you log-in online the Housing Selection...
- Waitlist Information
Early Applications (top)
In an effort to reduce the stress involved when selecting rooms during the Housing Application and Selection Process, 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 the early room selection process must have their applications completed by February 27th, 2017. Selection times for theme communities, singles, and suites will be emailed to students on March 3rd, 2017. The selection process will run from March 6th to the 8th, 2017.
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 are located in Dodds Hall. Singles can be chosen during the early housing selection. These rooms are made and set up for one person, and are charged at the designated single rate. See the Tuition and Fees page through the Business Office website.
Except for a few single on the first floor, Dodds singles are in a suite, and share a common space with 3 other single rooms. If students want to live with 3 other friends (each in single rooms), they can select the suites as a roommate group during the early housing selection if rooms are available.
Suite Style Housing Information
Students who wish to live with smaller, more intimate groupings of neighbors have the option of Dodds Hall and Harriett House. Dodds has 4 suites with 4 double rooms each (8 people) sharing a common areawith 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 entire 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.
Housing Selection Times and Distribution (top)
Once students complete the appropriate application, ORL staff place all students/applications into tiers based on course units earned. Once students have been placed in their tiers they are randomized, and assigned a selection time. For example, if there are 100 seniors in Tier 1, each student has an equal chance of receiving the 1st time to 100th time. Students housing selection times will be available in MyHousing, and an email will be sent to their IWU email when times are ready. Emails are sent on certain days (see timeline on the current students Housing Selection page).
The housing selection process are set up in this way to assure that seniors have first preference. 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 course unit 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||22.5 or more|
|Senior Tier II||19.00 - 22.49|
|Junior Tier I||13.5 - 18.99|
|Junior Tier II||10.00 - 13.49|
|Sophomore Tier I||6.00 - 9.99|
|Sophomore Tier II||2.00 - 5.99|
|Advanced Freshman||0.00 - 1.99|
AP Credits are usually not recorded in time, 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 applications have been collected in late February. 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 Selection Nights (top)
Students sign up for rooms at specified times in 3-5-minute time intervals, from 4pm - 8:30pm daily, students will be allotted time to select from available, gender appropriate spaces. Please note that individual rooms and suites are assigned for a single gender, students of different genders are not able to room together in the same room/suite.
Advice for rising sophomores -Thinking Realistically (top)
It is not possible for everyone who wants a single room to have one. Students with the highest number of credit-hours have the earliest specified times. This means that seniors and juniors will have the first opportunity at the most desirable rooms on campus. Everyone can not live in a single or a suite. For this reason, we implore you to be realistic when you are planning for where you would like 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 the most desirable residence halls on campus (e.g., Harriett or Magill).
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 assigned (due to transfer, withdrawing, moving off-campus, etc.). If you do not receive a room assignment during the initial placement process this does not mean that residence hall spaces will be unavailable to you. Students who cannot be housed on the final night will be able placed on a waiting list. As rooms become available students will be placed with the roommate of their choice.
Finding a Roommate (top)
There are lots of good reasons why people don't have roommates. Students who are looking for a roommate, or do not have enough roommates to fill a multiple-occupancy room can log into MyHousing and review potential roommate preferences through the "advanced roommate search" option. This will allow you to email and interact with potential roommates so that you can avoid being randomly assigned to a roommate. If you do not want to participate in this online matching, you must log into MyHousing and set your personal profile to private. You can also check out our Find A Roommate Facebook Group!
If you do not have a roommate at your specified time block, you will be able to place yourself in a multiple-occupancy, but another roommate will likely be added to your room later. ORL will also be consolidating rooms that have empty beds.
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 their need for said accommodation. Decisions are made through the Office of Residential Life in consultation, as necessary, with the Arnold Health Service, Counseling and Consultation Services, and the Office of Disability 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 log-in for the Housing Selection Night... (top)
- All Housing Selection happens online in MyHousing.
- Make sure you know the best time of your roommate group and get to a computer at that time.
- Make sure all roommate roommates have been mutually matched in MyHousing 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.
- If you have questions or problems, call ORL at 309-556-3113. ORL staff will be available to assist if needed.
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. Just click on the 'More Tasks' menu on the top of the page, and select 'Waiting Lists'.
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.