Housing Lottery (2016)

Please take time to you familiarize yourself with all the policies & procedures for the Housing Lottery process. If you have questions, please attend an Information Session or Information Table or contact the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger).

 

Introduction to the Housing Lottery

The Housing Lottery is a process through which students may attempt to select specific rooms in campus housing for the next academic year, in a randomized order by Class Year.

Please note that participating in the Housing Lottery does not guarantee the ability to pick a specific room or to be able to live with specific students -- it only guarantees that campus housing will be available for the upcoming academic year.

There are a number of policies and nuances related to the Housing Lottery, so students who are new to Barnard or who have not previously participated in the Housing Lottery are strong encourged to attend an Information Session.

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Registering for the Housing Lottery

Students who wish to take part in the Housing Lottery must Register for Room Selection (between 1pm on Monday, March 21, and 1pm on Monday, March 28, 2016).

Students who do not register for Room Selection will not receive lottery numbers, will not be able to take part in the Housing Lottery, and will lose their guarantee of housing for next academic year.

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Lottery Numbers & Appointment Times

The order in which students are CALLED* to select a room, a suite (2-6 students), or a block of rooms (2-4 students) at the Housing Lottery is determined by LOTTERY NUMBER (generated randomly within each class year).

There are 3 selection stations at the Housing Lottery (see photo walkthrough). The Lottery numbers will determine the order in which students are CALLED to a selection station; however, students or groups who take a long time to decide what to select may find that others with higher Lottery Numbers called after them may finalize their choices before they do.

Students who enrolled as First Year students in the Fall of 2015 will be considered rising-Sophomores for the generation of lottery numbers.

Continuing/Transfer students will be considered rising-Juniors or -Seniors based on their anticipated year of graduation (in 2017 or 2018), as recorded by the Registrar's Office.

Students who graduate mid-year are classified by the Registrar's office as "February Graduates." This means that a student who plans to graduate after the Fall 2017 semester would be classified as a February 2018 graduate and would be considered as a rising-Junior (not as a rising-Senior) for the Housing Lottery.

If you need to update your anticipated graduation date, please do so at the Registrar's Office (107 Milbank) no later than 4pm on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Please note that requests to update your graduation date must be supported by the number of credits you have earned.

Students will not receive a lottery number and/or be allowed to participate in the Housing Lottery unless they register for Room Selection.

Each Barnard student who registers (and doesn't already have a room assignment through some other process, ex. RA, ODS, Social Justice House, Greek Housing, etc.) will receive an individual lottery number, even if they plan on participating in a group to select a suite (2-6 students) or block of rooms (2-4 students).

* Lottery numbers are non-transferable and cannot be traded between students *

Columbia students who wish to participate in the Barnard Housing Lottery will not receive individual lottery numbers. They may only be pulled-in to a group to select a suite or block of rooms by Barnard students. See Pulling-In Columbia Students for more information.

Registering as a rising-Senior is intended to give students priority for Room Selection for their final year or semester at Barnard only and students may only participate as a rising-Senior *ONCE* during their Barnard career. If your anticipated graduation year is 2017, but you do not plan on graduating until February or May 2018 (or later), please correct your projected graduation date with the Registrar and contact Residential Life & Housing ASAP. Students who register for Room Selection as a rising-Senior and then continue to attend Barnard past the 2016-2017 academic year will not be permitted to participate in the Housing Lottery again (and would have to sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List instead).

The lottery numbers will run from #1 through the total number of participants. For example, if 1500 students register for Room Selection, #1-500 could go to rising-Seniors, #501-1000 could go to rising-Juniors, and #1001-1500 could go to rising-Sophomores (the exact breakdown depends on the number of students who register from each class year).

Lottery numbers will be available to view on the online registration page by 9pm on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Students will be given an individual appointment time for when they can expect their lottery number to be called on their day of selection. The appointment times will be available to view on the online registration page on the following days:

Selecting as an Individual

 Class Year Date of Room Selection Your Appointment Time will be posted online by:
Rising-Seniors (2017 grads) * Friday, April 1, 2016 Tuesday, March 29, by 9pm
Rising-Juniors (2018 grads) Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Saturday, April 2, by 5pm
Rising-Sophomores (2019 grads) Friday, April 8, 2016 Tuesday, April 5, by 9pm

* Rising-Seniors who also register for the Columbia Housing Lottery will be required to wait until the beginning of Junior Selection Day (Tuesday, April 5, 2016) in order to select at Barnard Room Selection

Selecting as part of a Group

Class Years Date of Room Selection Your Appointment Time will be posted online by:
Groups of all rising-Seniors Friday, April 1, 2016 Tuesday, March 29, by 9pm

Groups of rising-Seniors & Juniors
Groups of all rising-Juniors

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Saturday, April 2, by 5pm
Groups of rising-Seniors & Sophomores
(including groups with rising-Juniors)
Groups of rising-Juniors & Sophomores
Groups of all rising-Sophomores
Friday, April 8, 2016 Tuesday, April 5, by 9pm

Students should plan to arrive around 5-10 minutes before their appointment time. Students should be prepared to stay in the Lewis Parlor (Brooks 1st Floor) for 15 - 45 minutes (depending on how fast the lines are moving). If you cannot come to your appointment time due to a class or other time conflict, you will need to designate a Proxy to select a space for you.

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Forming a Group

Students who wish to live together for the upcoming academic year may "form a group" in order to select a suite (2-6 students) or a block of corridor-style rooms (2-4 students) at the Housing Lottery.

Grouping Yourselves Together Online

Students who wish to select together should group themselves online in advance after registering for Room Selection. This allows us to calculate for you when your group will be allowed to select.

Groupings are "non-binding" -- groups may break apart or reform up until the time that a group or individual actually selects a suite or block of rooms at the Housing Lottery. However, due to the time it may take to reconfigure a group online if you choose to do so at your selection appointment time, students are strongly encouraged to regroup themselves online before coming to their appointment (or use a laptop or smartphone to do while waiting for lottery number to be called).

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Same-Class Year Groups

If everyone in your group is of the same class year (ex. all 5 students in a 5-person group are rising-Juniors), the group will use the "best" (e.g. lowest) lottery number and appointment time of the students in the group. All group members must be present (or represented by a Proxy, with a completed Proxy form) when the group selects.

For example: in the following group of 5 Juniors, Carol has the best lottery number (606), so she will "pull-in" the rest of the group to select with her when her lottery number is called at her appointment time.

Student Lottery Number Individual Appointment Time
Carol 606 10:00am on Junior Selection Day
Alice 637 10:30am on Junior Selection Day
Marsha 758 11:30am on Junior Selection Day
Jan 889 1:00pm on Junior Selection Day
Cindy 912 10:15am on Junior Selection Day

The lottery numbers and appointment times above are examples only and are not reflective of the actual appointment times that will be generated for lottery numbers this year.

If your group reconfigures before or at your Selection Day appointment before selecting a suite or block of rooms, please note that adding a student of a younger class year to your group would change when your group would be able allowed to select (see Mixed-Class Year Groups below).

If you wish to pull in one or more Columbia students, the class year of the CU student(s) must be the same as the Barnard members in order to be considered a Same-Class Year Group (otherwise, the group would be a Mixed-Class Year Group).

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Mixed-Class Year Groups

If your group is made up of students from different class years (ex. 2 rising-Seniors and 2 rising-Juniors), the group will use the "best" (e.g. lowest) lottery number of the students in the group; however, they will select on the Selection Day of the lowest class year member(s) of the group using a specially-created group appointment time. All group members must be present (or represented by a Proxy) when the group selects.

For example: in the following group of 2 rising-Seniors and 2 rising-Juniors, Meg (a rising-Senior) has the best lottery number (304), but the lowest class year in the group are rising-Juniors. So, the group will be able to select when Meg's lottery number is called on the morning of Junior Selection day (before individual Junior lottery numbers start being called). The special group appointment time would be posted online when Junior Selection Day appointment times are posted.

Student Class Year Lottery Number INDIVIDUAL Appointment Time When Group Will Select
Meg Rising-Senior 304 1:30pm on Senior Selection Day Special Group Appointment Time:

9:45am on Junior Selection Day
Jo Rising-Senior 497 3:15pm on Senior Selection Day
Amy Rising-Junior 758 11:30am on Junior Selection Day
Beth Rising-Junior 889 1:00pm on Junior Selection Day

The lottery numbers and appointment times above are examples only and are not reflective of the actual appointment times that will be generated for lottery numbers this year.

If your group reconfigures before or at your Selection Day before selecting a suite or block of rooms, please note that a change in the class year make-up of your group could change when your group would be allowed to select. For example, a group of rising-Seniors and Juniors attempting to select on Junior Selection Day who wishes to add a rising-Sophomore at the last minute would be required to wait until Sophomore Selection Day to select.

If you wish to pull-in one or more Columbia students, the class year of the CU student(s) DOES affect whether your group would be considered a same-class year group or mixed-class year group.

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Pulling Columbia Students into a Group

The class year of Columbia students who are pulled-in to a group DOES affect whether a group would be considered a Same-Class Year or Mixed-Class Year Group (i.e. rising-Sophomore, -Junior, or -Senior).

Groups who wish to pull-in Columbia students must be comprised off at least 50% Barnard students (ex. a group of 6 must have at least 3 Barnard students). The Columbia student(s) must register for Barnard Room Selection (before the deadline) in order to be pulled-in. The Columbia student(s) will not receive an individual lottery number.

Groups with Columbia students may NOT select into Hewitt, Elliott, or Sulzberger Tower (i.e. corridor-style buildings).

Groups with CU Students who identify as MALE must read the section below on Gender Inclusive Suites / Open Housing.

Columbia students should consult the CU Room Selection procedures for more information about their eligibility and obligations to also register for the CU Room Selection process.

If the Columbia student(s) in a group is the SAME class year as the Barnard students, the group will be considered a Same-Class Year group. For example, a group of 4 Barnard rising-Juniors who pull in a CU rising-Junior would be considered a same-class year group and would be able to select using the best lottery number and appointment time on Junior Selection day.

If the Columbia student(s) in a group is a DIFFERENT class year than the Barnard students, the group will be considered a Mixed-Class Year group. For example, a group of 4 Barnard rising-Juniors who pull in a CU rising-Sophomore would be considered a mixed-class year group. They would be able to select using the best lottery number within the group, but the group would wait to select at the beginning of Sophomore Selection day.

Once a group selects with one or more CU students into a suite, those beds become part of the BC/CU Housing Exchange. If a CU student living in BC housing cancels their housing or moves back to CU housing, that space would typically be available for assignment to a CU student only (and would be assigned by Columbia Housing Services). Depending on the balance of the Housing Exchange and the timing in the academic year, in rare occasions the space may be flipped back for assignment to a Barnard student only.

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Open Housing / Gender Inclusive Suites

Barnard Residential Life & Housing is pleased to take part in Columbia's "Open Housing" program, in order to allow students of the opposite sex to choose into suites or rooms together. The primary reason for such a policy is to provide housing options that take into consideration varying identities and preferences, and to ensure a comfortable and welcoming environment for all students.

Open Housing is not intended and in fact is highly discouraged for romantic couples.

For more information, please visit the the Columbia Undergrad Housing's FAQ about Open Housing.

Groups with CU students who identify as MALE may select gender inclusive suites within the following Barnard residence halls:

  • Plimpton Hall
  • 600 W 116th Street
  • 616 W 116th Street
  • 620 W 116th Street
  • 601 W 110th Street (College Residence)
  • Cathedral Gardens

Groups with any CU students (male or female) may not pick into Hewitt, Elliott, or Sulzberger Tower (i.e. corridor-style housing).

Gender inclusive groups may only select a entirely empty suite which matches the size of their group. Gender inclusive groups may not select suites that were broken into smaller blocks and/or RA suites where spaces were left over, etc.

All gender inclusive groups who choose a suite at Barnard (or are part of Special Interest Housing or formed by an RA & pull-ins) will be required to sign the Barnard Open Housing Agreement/Contract.

If a roommate/suitemate cancels their housing or moves out of the room for any reason, the remaining roommates must identify a new roommate to fill the vacancy. Residential Life & Housing will define the time allocated to find a new roommate. This window of time will vary depending on time of year and the status of any waitlists for assignments or room changes. Typically, the suite will be allowed a minimum of 24 hours, but not more than one week to identify another eligible roommate.

If another roommate(s) is not identified within the time period, that room(s) will revert to a same-sex assignment, to be filled by Barnard or Columbia housing. This means that any CU students who identify as male would be required to move out of the suite to a CU residence hall.

Students who are interested in selecting a suite with a gender inclusive group are strongly encouraged to speak to Matt Kingston, Associate Director for Housing, in advance of their appointment day.

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Proxies

If you are not available to attend Room Selection at your appointment day & time (you have a class, job conflict, you are abroad, etc.), you will need to designate a Proxy to select for you.

The proxy must be a currently enrolled Barnard student. If you are in a group, one of your fellow group members may serve as your proxy.

To designate a proxy, print & fill out a Proxy Form with your Proxy. Your proxy must bring the completed Proxy form with them to your appointment time to show as proof they may select on your behalf (the form is NOT submitted in advance).

If you are currently studying abroad for the Spring semester, you will need to designate a Proxy who will register you for Room Selection in addition to selecting a room or suite for you. You must submit a Return from Spring Study Abroad Housing Form no later than January 1, 2016. Since we will have the form on file, your proxy will not need to bring a copy with them to your selection appointment. Students who fail to submit the form before January 1 or whose proxies fail to register them for Room Selection will not be permitted to take part in Room Selection and will lose their guarantee of housing.

The room that your Proxy selects for you is a binding selection. Residential Life & Housing can not and will not make any changes to your room assignment once your Proxy selects. The earliest opportunity to request a room change will be the Fall Room Change Request process (rising-Seniors only may submit a Senior Summer Room Change Request, which is not guaranteed).

We encourage you to have a detailed conversation with your Proxy about your selection preferences (ex. desired residence halls, size of room, type of room, view, roommates/suitemates, meal plan, etc.). To help facilitate your conversation, print & fill out the Proxy worksheet (the worksheet is just for you & your Proxy, not to turn in).

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Preparation and Tips

  • Register for Room Selection -- you may not participate in Room Selection otherwise.
     
  • Attend an Information Session or Information Table to learn more about the Room Selection process.
     
  • Look at the floor plans of the available rooms & suites and read Room Reviews.
     
  • Attend the Residence Hall Tours (March 6, 2016) to see a sample room in each residence hall.
     
  • Check out the Photo Walk-through of Selecting at your Lottery Appointment.
     
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions page if you have questions.
     
  • Look for potential roommate / suitemates on the Room Selection Message Board.
     
  • Talk to friends to form a group to select a suite or block of rooms together.
     
  • Prepare a list of alternative locations you'd like to live, in case your top choices are not available when your appointment time comes. Additional students / groups will also be choosing at other computer stations when you reach the head of the Selection Line, so if you take a long time to decide among potential spaces, they could be chosen by other students before your make your final decision.
     
  • Have a friend (with a different class schedule than you) ready to use as a Proxy in case your appointment time conflicts with a class.

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At your Selection Day...

For an illustrated walk-through of selecting at your Lottery appointment, please visit http://barnard.edu/reslife/roomselection/walkthrough.

 

Checking In

When you arrive at Room Selection for your appointment time (5-10 minutes early), you will check in at the door to the Brooks TV Lounge (off the lobby of Brooks Hall). You (and your group, if applicable) will wait there until your lottery number is called.

If you are not able to attend your appointment time, you must designate a Proxy to select for you. If you are part of a group, one of the other Barnard group members may serve as your Proxy (however, you still must complete a Proxy Form).

The TV Lounge will have a TV screen that shows the available rooms & suites (which is updated as spaces are selected). This information will also be updated online (and is accessible via laptop or smartphone while waiting for your lottery number to be called).

There will be limited room for coats, book bags, etc; so we encourage you not to bring a lot of belongings with you to Room Selection if possible.

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Waiting in Line

When your lottery number is called, you will approach the Number Caller table. The Number Caller will cross you off the list and you will join the Selection Line in lottery number order.

If you wish to select as part of a group and did not associate yourself together online (on the Registration page) in advance (or you need to reconfigure your group), the Number Caller will need to do so before you may get in the Selection Line. We encourage you to form or edit your group online BEFORE your appointment, so that you do not delay yourself (or others) from being able to select.

When you reach the front of the Selection Line, you will wait for the next available Staff member at a computer station to help you select a room, a suite, or block of corridor-style rooms. Each computer station will be able to display the floor plans of each residence hall on campus and the rooms or suites that are available for you (or your group) to select.

Please note that other students will also be selecting rooms and/or suites at the same time at two other computer stations. We encourage students to have a list of locations where they'd like to live, with several back-up choices. If you take a long time to make a decision, the spaces you may be considering could be chosen by students at other computer stations.

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Selecting a Room (Individuals)

An individual may choose a single (or any unselected space in double or triple room) in Hewitt, Elliott or Sulzberger Tower or a Studio Single at 110th St. If you want to select into a double or triple room with friends, see Selecting a Block of Rooms below.

A limited number of spaces may be available in suite-style housing for selection by individuals and will be marked as such on the Available Rooms webpage. These may rooms left over in suites where RA or disability housing assignments were made, *OR* be in 7- or 9-person suites that were broken down into smaller chunks for selection by individuals.

If you do not wish to select from the available rooms (or there are no rooms available left to select), you will sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List.

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Selecting a Suite (Groups of 2 - 6)

Groups may select a suite if the size of their group matches the size of the suite (ex. a 5-person group may select a 5-person suite but not a 6-person suite). Suites run in size from 2 - 6 people.

There are a limited number of 7- and 9-person suites (in 600, 620, & 110th Street) that will be broken into smaller clusters for students to pick into as groups of 2 or 4.  Additionally, there may be some "left-over" doubles in RA suites (where an RA did not fill their entire suite) available for selection by groups of 2.

Approximately 12 suites in Plimpton will be preconfigured for selection by groups of 4 (the four singles) and 2 (the double). These will be indicated on the Available Rooms page.

All groups with Columbia students who identify as male who select a suite will be required to sign the Barnard Open Housing Agreement / Contract (for more info, see Gender Inclusive Suites / Open Housing).

See Forming a Group for information on determining whose lottery number & appointment time may be used for the group to select.

All members of the group (or their designated proxies, with completed Proxy forms) must be present at the appointment time in order to select a suite. For example, if a student (or her/his proxy) in a 5-person group is not present, the group would not be able to select a 5-person suite. The group would either have to wait for that student to show up or reconfigure as a 4-person group in order to select.

If a group is unable to find a suite they wish to select or there are no suites left that match the size of the group, the group may reconfigure (see below) in order to select a larger / smaller suite or individual rooms. Please note that this may affect which Lottery Number and/or Appointment Time that the group would use in order to try to make a selection.

If you do not wish to select from the available rooms (or there are no rooms available left to select), you will sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List.

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Selecting a Block of Corridor-Style Rooms (Groups of 2, 3, or 4)

If you wish to live together with a group of friends (up to 4 students total, including yourself) but do not wish to live in a suite (or a suite is not available), you may select into a block of rooms (singles, doubles, or triples) on the same floor only of Hewitt, Elliott, or Sulzberger Tower (corridor-style buildings).

Groups of 2-4 may pick onto the same floor of Hewitt and Elliott.  Groups of 2-3 may pick onto the same floor of Sulzberger Tower.

For example, a group of 2 rising-Juniors could select 2 singles on the same floor *OR* could select into a double room together in Hewitt, Elliott, or Sulzberger Tower.

See Forming a Group for information on determining whose lottery number & appointment time may be used for the group to select.

Groups with Columbia students may NOT select rooms in Hewitt, Elliott, or Sulzberger Tower.

All members of the group (or their designated proxies, with completed Proxy forms) must be present at the appointment time in order to select a block of rooms. For example, if a student (or their proxy) in a 4-person group is not present, the group may not select a room for the missing person. The group would either have to wait for that student to show up or reconfigure as a 3-person group in order to select.

If a group is unable to find a floor with enough empty spaces for them to select rooms or they cannot agree on a location to sign up for, the group may reconfigure (see below).

Studio singles may only be selected by individuals. A student may not "pull-in" a group of other students to select studios singles on the same floor of 110th St at the same time.

If you do not wish to select from the available rooms (or there are no rooms available left to select), you will sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List.

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Reconfiguring a Group

If your group is unable to decide on a suite or block of rooms to select (or suites/blocks matching your group size are not available), your group may reconfigure by adding or dropping students (or break apart into individuals).

Adding members to the group

  • The group may "add" one or more students to become a larger group. For example, if there are no 5-person suites left but a 6-person suite is available, a group could add a member and select that 6-person suite.
  • When adding a member(s), the group will have to get out of line and wait in the Lewis Parlor until the new member(s) arrives.
  • The group must then "check-in" again with the Number Caller (so that the new member(s) can be added electronically to the group at the check-in table) before getting back in line in lottery number order. Students are encouraged to reconfigure their group themselves with a laptop or smartphone, as waiting for the Number Caller to reconfigure you may delay your group from being able to select.
  • Please note that adding one or more members to the group may change when the group is allowed to select (ex. if adding a member who is a lower class year than the rest of the group).
  • If you believe that your group may need to add a member(s) to the group, we encourage you to have the person on "standby" close to the Lewis Parlor.
  • Room Selection does NOT stop while your group is reforming, so the suite of a different size you are considering could be chosen by another group at a different computer station.

Dropping members from the group

  • The group may "drop" one or more students to become a smaller group. For example, if there are no 5-person suites left but a 4-person suite is available, a group could drop a member and select that 4-person suite.
  • The student(s) who are dropped from the group can either select using their own individual lottery number & appointment time, sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List, or be pulled-in to another group that hasn't already selected.
  • If a group drops a Columbia student(s), the Columbia student(s) will not be able to select a Barnard room as an individual (he/she will automatically be entered into Columbia's General Selection as an individual). The Columbia student(s) may be pulled in to another group that has not already selected.

Break apart into individuals

  • If a group decides to completely break apart, each member will default to using their own individual lottery number & appointment time (or members can be pulled-in to other groups who have not yet selected).
  • If a student's lottery number & appointment time has already been called, the student should speak to the Number Caller in order to go to the front of the line and be helped by the next available staff person.
  • If a group with Columbia student(s) breaks apart, the Columbia student(s) will not be able to select a Barnard room as an individual (he/she will automatically be entered into Columbia's General Selection as an individual).

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Signing Your Housing Contract

After selecting a room, you will be required to sign a Housing Contract for the 2016-2017 academic year.

You must sign the housing contract before leaving Room Selection; otherwise, you will forfeit your assignment and your guarantee of housing for the 2016-20176 academic year.

Students can review the text of the of the 2016-17 Housing Contract in advance of their selection day. A PDF link will be posted here before Senior Selection Day.

If you have a Proxy select a room for you, you will have to go to the Residential Life & Housing office to sign your Housing Contract no later than 4pm on Friday, April 15, 2016 (otherwise you will forfeit your assignment and your guarantee of housing for the 2015-2016 academic year).

Students who are studying abroad for the Spring semester will sign their contact when they move in for the Fall semester.

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Guaranteed Assignment List

Please note that students are not guaranteed the ability to choose a specific room or with specific students during the Room Selection process.

If you do not wish to pick from the available rooms or suites during your appointment time (or there are no more available rooms to pick from), you will sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List. You will be guaranteed a room for the 2016-2017 academic year (as long as you follow all required deadlines).

Because more students will register for Room Selection than the number of spaces open for selection (due to students choosing rooms who will later cancel to move off-campus, study abroad for the Fall semester, etc), some of the students who are registered for Room Selection will not be able to choose a specific room and will be required to sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List. These typically will be the rising-Sophomores with the highest lottery numbers (although rising-Seniors and Juniors may also sign up voluntarily for the Guaranteed Assignment List if they wish not to choose spaces available during their appointment time).

Students will fill out a Guaranteed Assignment List Form (similar to the Room Change Request Form) which gives them the opportunity to rank, in order, preferences for the type of room & building they would like to live in (and specify requested roommates or suitemates).

Rooms open up as students cancel their selected housing to go into Columbia Housing, go abroad for the Fall, take a leave of absence, move off-campus, etc. Many desirable spaces will open up across campus.

Residential Life & Housing will assign all students on the Guaranteed Assignment List, following original lottery number order, over the summer. These assignments will be communicated to students by the end of July via their Barnard email address. Guaranteed Assignment List room assignments may be sent out in "batches," as opposed to all at once.

Students on the Guaranteed Assignment List who wish to cancel housing must do so by May 16, 2016 to avoid a cancellation fee. See Cancelling your Housing below for more information about the cancellation fee schedule.

While Residential Life & Housing attempts to place students into rooms that match their preferences, ultimately there will be a finite set of vacancies to work with. Students are guaranteed to receive a housing assignment; however, the College cannot guarantee assignment to a single, to a specific residence hall, with specific other students, etc.

Students who are placed into rooms from the Guaranteed Assignment List will receive priority (but no guarantee) should they request a Fall Room Change.

If you select a room or suite at the Housing Lottery (or received placement as a RA pull-in, ODS assignment or pull-in, Special Interest Housing, CU Greek Housing, etc.), you may NOT cancel that room assignment in order to sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List instead.

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