IT'S FINALLY THAT TIME OF YEAR!
Room Draw! Woohoo!
We know that this entire process can be really confusing, so we did some digging and found the nitty-gritty details about Room Draw for rising sophomores!
Check the infographic below for a quick outline of the process! We've also included more specifics right underneath!
We hope this helps and have a great day!
(Infographic courtesy of the class of 2019)
1. APPLY WITH UP TO 7 OTHER STUDENTS
Drawing with groups of people. Does this actually improve your position on the list?
Nope! Every freshman is given a point. All students with one point are put into a random generator and listed. The points of students in groups are combined and then averaged. Because all the students in these groups are freshmen, the group is given one point overall. They are then entered as one body against the other individual students and other groups.
So, what are the benefits of drawing with other students?
One value of drawing with a group is that students you will see a larger selection of rooms. For instance, those who draw alone will ONLY see singles. Those who draw in groups of two will ONLY see doubles and singles. People in groups of five or more will be able to see EVERY combination: triples, quads, singles, doubles, quingles, suites, etc.
Is this time sensitive?
No! Wait until you know who you’re drawing with before signing up. The form is not filed on a first come-first serve application basis.
2. MAKE A ROOM LIST
Here, you should just start taking a look at all the rooms IN YOUR RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE! Need to see the rooms available? Check the link right here!
3. DESIGNATING A GROUP LEADER AND A PROXY
What is a group leader/proxy and how do I get one?
Your group can select a group leader. This person can then choose a room for you DURING YOUR ALLOTTED TIME (and with your permission, of course!) Let's say you're in a class and can't do the room draw - that's when the group leader comes in handy! You can also find someone not in your group (like if you're drawing alone, for example) to select your room for you DURING YOUR ALLOTTED TIME.
4. GET ASSIGNED A DRAW TIME
What happens the day of?
This year, look out around March 17, 2017 for info about housing!
On the day of Room Draw, you will receive a PDF of draw times posted by name and by time.
What happens if you miss your time?
The application opens at your draw time and then is continually open. But, you run the risk of there being less rooms if you wait too long!
5. DROPPING DOWN
Dropping down to a group at a later draw time. How does this work?
Once you turn in your application with a group, you are locked in. Let’s say you want to change groups. You can’t. Once times are released, however, you can drop DOWN AND ONLY DOWN to a group with A LOWER DRAW TIME. If you go in with a single, but no other singles exist, you will drop down to other groups. Other groups can’t pull people up; you can only go down (which is not meant to sound as sad as it does.)
What is the waitlist?
In the (rare) case that there are no rooms left, Housing will contact you! There is always a place for you, though! Colleges also will take the list of people who weren’t able to choose rooms and try to place them. They’ll notify you if you're in this position, but this does not happen very often!
7. PICKING THE ROOM AND SUCCESS!
Almost Done! What is the Room Contract?
It's the same thing we filled out last year (before we magically transformed into Princetonians!)
8. LAST THING TO REMEMBER: There are no ways to get "better" draw times than other first years! Grades, advanced standing, and specialty housing do not influence the draw times - they're RANDOM! :D
Need more info? Try here.
Ready to get started? Look here.
Deshawn Cook, D.Litt, Director of Student Life