Most students get top housing choices

A large majority of students received one of their top three choices for University housing next year and GW Housing Programs placed several hundred students on wait lists, the University announced.

“We are pleased with how the assignment process went this year,” said Seth Weinshel, an assignment director for GW Housing. “We plan to be able to assign every student on both wait lists.”

Only 18 percent of students who applied for housing did not get one of their top three residence hall choices, Weinshel said. Four hundred and fifty students were placed on a “non-guaranteed wait list” for University housing.

While the University guarantees freshmen and sophomores housing, upperclassmen do not have the same assurance.

Weinshel said GW Housing Programs received about 500 e-mails from students after housing assignments were released. Though he worried the high volume might indicate students had problems with the assignment process, most of the messages concerned the wait lists, he said.

“Just like in past years,” he said “we will do everything that we can to get every student a bed that wants a bed.”

Freshman Ernesto Apreza said he was happy with his housing because he didn’t list a preferred residence hall or roommate.

For some students, next year’s University housing is an improvement.

“My freshman year I was on the (Mount Vernon Campus), which sucked,” sophomore Harris Reichenbaum said. “I got my first choice this year.”

Despite the largely positive feedback Weinshel said he has already received about this year’s assignment process, he added that there is still room for improvement.

Over the next couple of weeks, GW Housing Programs will address Apple users’ inability to utilize the iHousing software on their computers, a discrepancy that led to problems for students during housing registration.

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