Almost 200 await campus beds

Nearly 200 students were waiting to receive on-campus room assignments as of last week, almost two months after housing selection took place.

Seth Weinshel, director of University Campus Housing, said he anticipates that all students on the housing wait list – 30 rising sophomores and 152 rising juniors and seniors – will receive assignments by mid-May. Last year, all but 26 students who requested on-campus beds got assignments by April 1.

There were 271 rising sophomores without housing after the online selection process almost two months ago, and 417 upperclassmen signed up for the non-guaranteed wait list after housing selection, Weinshel said. The University guarantees on-campus housing for all sophomores, but not for upperclassmen.

Weinshel said he anticipates that all students will receive a housing offer. He added that the wait list this year is “comparable to last year.”

Amrita Bagaria, president of the student-run Residence Hall Association, said the Community Living and Learning Center’s policy is to provide housing to everyone who requests it. She said students on the wait list will have a confirmed housing assignment well before they return in the fall.

“The waiting list has been a source of anxiety for a lot people,” Bagaria said. She added that the best advice for students on the wait list is to communicate with CLLC and RHA frequently.

The University is faced with accommodating more students than ever this year, with a current freshman class of more than 2,600, the largest in GW history, and more upperclassmen choosing to live on-campus due to attractive apartment-style residence halls, such as Ivory Tower.

Freshman Rebecca Wilson, a Hall on Virginia Avenue resident, said she is disappointed with the housing offer she was given to get off the wait list. She is now signed up to live in Merriweather Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus and plans to try to get a new housing assignment.

“I refuse to live up there. I came to GW to live in the city and Mount Vernon isn’t that,” Wilson said. “Mount Vernon is not acceptable for sophomores. It is a step down from where I’m living now.”

Freshmen Nataleeja Efimoff and Rebecca Barloon, Somers Hall residents, both said they are unhappy with their Mount Vernon housing assignments also. They are signed up to live together in Cole Hall next year.

Disappointed that they were placed on Mount Vernon for the second consecutive year, they repeatedly called representatives of CLLC, had their parents contact the University, and set up meetings with Weinshel. They now have a double in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Hall.

“If you lived on The Vern once, you should never have to live there ever, ever again,” Efimoff said.

Bagharia, the RHA president, said the issue of receiving a Mount Vernon housing assignment two years in a row has not been brought to her attention before, but said she plans to discuss it with CLLC.

“There are kinks in the housing selection process every year,” Bagaria said. “The RHA will be working closely with CLLC to prevent this from happening again.”

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