Housing accommodates wait listed students

Housing officials checked off the last few names on the campus housing wait list Wednesday, enabling all interested students to live in University buildings next fall.

The original list of 164 sophomores was exhausted just over a month after the initial online selection process. A separate list of upperclassmen was given housing within a week of their lottery.

Director of Housing Services Andrew Sonn said a large number of students who participated in the online housing lottery opted not to sign an acceptance agreement contract, leaving a sufficient number of empty slots available for students still without offers.

“What we did is tracked down the people who, for whatever reason, didn’t sign an agreement,” Sonn said. “Some sophomores who were pulled in never confirmed, and some people opted to move off campus, so that offered some vacancies for us.”

The number of students on the list was down slightly from previous years. Last spring, approximately 190 students remained without housing offers after both rising sophomores and upperclassmen had completed the online selection, forcing officials to withhold beds reserved for transfer students.

This year’s wait-listed students were accommodated with rooms in buildings across the University, including New Hall, Ivory Tower and Guthridge Hall. In addition, some upperclassmen will be housed in the top two floors of Fullbright Hall, which had originally been reserved for rising sophomores. All offers were confined to the Foggy Bottom campus.

Housing officials said they did their best to ensure that specific room requests were granted and noted that students unhappy with their current offers will have the opportunity to request a room change.

“We try to keep roommates together if at all possible, and students can always fill out a room change request form,” Sonn said. “We’ll evaluate those on a case-by-case basis. That should begin in the next couple of weeks.”

The purging of the wait list officially brought to an end the 2004 housing selection process. Sonn said this year’s process proceeded particularly well, and he was pleased with the overall student response.

“The response was great,” he said. “We had a record number of intent to return forms and a record number of students selecting housing, so that was great news for us.”

The housing season proceeded without any of the technical glitches that plagued the 2003 selection in which selection was pushed back two months, allowing the process to conclude far earlier this year. Last year, a series of computer errors caused a non-random distribution of lottery numbers, forcing officials to push back the selection dates until early April.

Sonn said the next task would be to make sure that all incoming freshmen receive a housing offer, which will occur in the coming months as admission confirmations roll in.

“We’re right on target with our projections,” he said. “We’ve got a process set up, and from here things look like they’re coming along fine.”

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