During Phase 1, students will also be able apply for Themed Engagement Communities, opt into Gender Neutral Housing, and/or create a Room Selection Group. These are optional and do not need to be completed to secure housing for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Themed Engagement Communities

If you are interested in Themed Engagement Communities you will be able to submit a Themed Engagement Community application during Phase 1.

If you are also registering a room selection group during Phase 1, please be aware that all members of the group must also apply for Themed Engagement Communities for your applications to be considered. If all members do not apply for Themed Engagement Communities, the entire group will not be considered for placement into any themed community.

Students accepted into Explorations, The International House, The Residential College and The Senior House will be able participate in Phase 2: Room Selection. Students in these communities will only be able to select spaces allocated to these programs.

Students placed into Fraternity and Sorority Life communities will be contacted by the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services with specific information regarding room selection.

Gender Inclusivity Preference 

During this process, students may choose to form selection groups and/or select spaces without regard to legal sex by indicating a "gender neutral" preference. Students who choose this option must meet certain requirements intended to maximize the housing options available to all students (i.e. all space in the room/suite must be assigned to students who indicate this preference or the room will default to a legal sex designation). Please review the key components of gender inclusive housing here prior to selecting this as a preference.  Students should NOT select a gender neutral status unless they are comfortable living with any other student who has also selected a gender neutral status, regardless of legal sex.

Registering A Group

A group may contain 2 to 6 group members. Students who wish to register for room selection as a group should be aware of the following information:

  • Up to 6 students can join a roommate group.
  • Group members must have the same gender assignment preference.
  • Group members must have the same Themed Engagement Community preferences.
  • Students may only register as part of one group at a given time.
  • Only one person within the group will create the group name and password and thereby is designated the Group Leader (see specific information below). The Group Leader will be able to select for the group in Phase 2: Room Selection process.
  • Each member is responsible for adding themselves to the group created by the group leader. To add yourself to a group, you will need the group name and password, which should be provided by your group leader.
  • Students who wish to create a group with students with a different priority status, will have their priorities averaged. Therefore, a priority 1 student and a priority 3 student choosing to live together will enter room selection with a priority 2 group standing. All room selection group priority numbers will be between 1 and 3, but may not be a whole number.
  • All members of the group will receive the same selection time. If the Group Leader is unable to select a room for the entire group, each individual member may split from the group to select their own space.

Group Leader

The Group Leader is the person who creates a group for others to join. The Group Leader will be able to select for the group in Phase 2: Room Selection process. If the Group Leader is unable to select a room for the entire group, each individual member may split from the group to select their own space.

Before registering, groups should discuss whom they wish to assume the responsibility of being the group leader. Do not select a group leader who may be studying away for the Fall 2019 term.

IMPORTANT: Verifying Roommate Groups

After any change is made to a roommate group (i.e. someone joins or leaves the group) the Group Leader must verify the group.  If a change is made after verifying the group, the Group Leader must re-verify the group prior to the Phase 1 deadline of 5pm EST on March 8, 2019.  The Group Leader can verify the group on the "Group Registration" step of the Academic Year 2019-2020 housing application by selecting "Verify Group" under "Options". Be sure to click "Save and Continue" after making any changes.

If you have not properly verified your group, you will see a message on the "Group Registration" step that indicates "Your group has NOT yet been verified!"  You will not be able to click "Save and Continue" to move to the next screen without verifying the group.  Your group will NOT be registered as a group for room selection without being verified!

Group Registration Trouble-Shooting
  1. Do all members of the group have the same gender preference?
    Each group member should check the preference they indicated on the Gender Inclusivity Preference step in the application. If all members' preferences are matching, the Group Leader should be able to verify the group.
  2. Do all members of the group have the same community preferences?
    Each group member should check the preferences they indicated on Themed Engagement Community Application step in the application. If all four community preferences are matching between all members, the Group Leader should be able to verify the group. To update community preferences:
    1. Check the agreement box on the Theme Community Agreements page to gain access to the application then "Save & Continue."
    2. On the Themed Engagement Community Application page, add/delete preferences to match all group members.
    3. Click "Save & Continue" to save updated preferences.