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Room Draw Terms You Should Know

Available rooms list: A list of rooms available for selection during room draw. As rooms are selected they are removed from the list in real time. You can filter the list by Residential College, building and rated occupancy, and then sort it by square footage, substance-free, zones or gender. Log in to My Housing for Undergraduates to view the list.

Application weights: The number of points assigned to a room draw application. Generally a higher class year is awarded more points, and an application with greater weight results in an earlier room selection date and time. See the Application page on this website for more specifics.

Dropping down: Joining another group with a later draw time. Dropping down is available to individuals or groups who want to draw into a suite that is not fully occupied, especially when there are no singles available. It is not available in the Independent or Spelman draws.

If you drop down at your draw time:

  • Log in to My Housing, and look for a list of draw times and group numbers. Find the number of the group you want to join.
  • Each member of the group will receive an email, informing him/her of your request.
  • If your request is accepted by at least one group member, your new draw time will appear on your welcome page.
  • If your request is rejected, you may select a room at your originally assigned draw time, if there is a room available.

Gender Inclusive Housing: In gender-inclusive housing two or more students may share a multiple-occupancy dorm room with no regard to the students' sex or gender. Gender Inclusive Housing website

Group draw: Two to eight students who choose to live together and apply to room draw under the proxy of a designated group leader. Gender and class may be mixed. Wilson College sophomore groups may include up to ten students.

Independent: A student who provides his/her own meals. Independents choose not to contract with Dining Services or join an off-campus eating club, and cannot participate in Residential College or Upperclass Room Draws as an Indepedent.

Independent pledge: The statement Independents agree to electronically when participating in an Independent room draw.

“My signature on the Housing/Dining Agreement acknowledges my full understanding of the University’s definition of an Independent. I certify by my signature that I am aware if I fail to abide by the Pledge, I will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate students for disciplinary action. If I am found in violation of the Independent Pledge, I understand the penalty is normally probation. I am aware that the probation is a matter of permanent record.”

Last selected room list: A list of rooms selected in the preceding hour, useful to determine if your room choice is still available. Log in to My Housing to view the list.

Mixed class group: Two or more students from different classes who choose to apply to a group draw.

My Housing for Undergraduates: The University website where you apply for room draw, select and change your rooms and meal plans, and electronically accept your room and meal contracts. Use your University NetID to access My Housing. When you log into My Housing, you will find a welcome page with information specific to you.

Proxy designation: Authorizing another student or the Undergraduate Student Housing Office to select your room when circumstances prevent you from logging in to My Housing at your draw time. Proxies can be designated in My Housing. See the Application page on this website for more specifics.

Room improvement: Allows juniors and seniors to upgrade their room selection, if they participated in Upperclass Room Draw and if they had draw times in the bottom quarter of their class. To apply for room improvement, complete the application in My Housing. See the Post Room Draw page on this website for more details.

Spelman Draw statistics: The number of applications, breakdowns by class, and weighted ratings of the applications for the last five years of the Spelman Draw. Log in to My Housing to view these statistics when draw times are posted.

Upperclass limit in four-year Residential Colleges:  The number of spaces allocated for rising juniors and seniors in each of the four-year Residential Colleges.

Upperclass limit override in four-year Residential Colleges:  Allows a group to select a suite or suites that can accommodate the entire group, even though the number of group members exceeds the number of available spaces allocated to rising juniors and seniors. After its first use, the override is closed to members of the junior or senior classes.

Wait list: A list of students not able to draw rooms, compiled after all available rooms are selected during the Sophomore and Upperclass Room Draws. You may voluntarily place your name on the wait list rather than select a room, although the Undergraduate Student Housing Office recommends that you draw a room if there is availability. Log in to My Housing to see the wait list application. See Post Room Draw page on this website for more details.