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Understanding Room Selection

General Procedures

Albion College's Room Selection is primarily based on the individual's lottery number. Students will receive an email with their assigned lottery number on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. This lottery number will be used no matter which process within Room Selection the student is participating in.

Lottery numbers are randomly assigned and are based on the cumulative number of units earned (as of the end of Fall Semester 2016, reported from the Registrar's Office) with lower numbers having priority. Lottery numbers range from 0 through 1750. ALL currently enrolled students for Spring Semester 2017 receive lottery numbers. This includes graduating seniors and fraternity men. Please take this into consideration when looking at the number assigned.

For most phases of Room Selection, individuals trying to live together will have their lottery numbers added together in order to create one lottery number, their Group Lottery Number:

Example: 4 individuals are applying for a SUITE in Whitehouse. The first person's lottery number is 900, second is 975, third is 1003 and the other person's number is 1101. The lottery number for this group is 3979. This combined number will be used during the selection process. In order to sign-up for a room during Room Selection, the number of people signing up MUST equal the capacity of the room (Example: double room = 2 people).

If a group encounters problems and is unable to fill the room or apartment to required capacity or in need of a roommate, the Office of Residential Life will keep a listing of students who are looking for a roommate. The Office of Residential Life staff will do their best to assist students with identifying individuals who may be possible roommate options. 

General Room Selection

The General Room Selection phase of Room Selection is the final phase of the process. The rooms available for selection during this phase are determined at the completion of all other phases and are based on the remaining students' need for housing assignments balanced with the need for space to assign housing to the incoming first-year class. Most General Room Selection Applicants will be assigned to Seaton Hall. However, a selected number of returning students may be assigned to Wesley Hall during this process.

Fraternity Housing

Male students with active membership in an Albion College Fraternity are required to reside in their respective Fraternity House. The Office of Residential Life will work with the Assistant Director for Greek Life and Student Organizations and the Presidents of each Fraternity House to determine room assignments in each Fraternity House. All rooms in fraternity houses are double occupancy and assignments are made by room, not by suite.

Students with three or less in a fraternity suite are required to sign a Fraternity Housing Agreement Form with the Office of Residential Life--renewed each semester. Three-person suites will sign this to decide whether they will PowerSuite (extra cost of a single room divided 3 ways) or if one individual will pay the single rate. Any student in a room by themself will also have to sign this form in agreement that they will be paying the Double as a Single rate. Forms must be signed by the deadline given by the Office of Residential Life--failure to comply may result in Quad Housing (four to a suite--no single rooms) for that entire house.

**Note: Students approved to be on a Leave of Absence for the Spring of 2017 are eligible to participate in the room selection process.

Registration For SOAR

Registration for SOAR 2012, assessments, and enrollment forms have not yet been updated.  Those items will be available March 1, 2012.

If you have immediate questions, please contact us.

MSPS 2011: Schedule

Time Event
8:00am - 9:00am

Registration, Breakfast

Register in Norris Atrium

Receive name tags with Roundtable Color Identifiers

9:00am - 10:00am

Welcome, Introduction and Ice Breaker

Norris 101

Introduction from Albion College's Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Sally Walker

10:05am - 10:50am

Programming Session #1

Various Rooms: Norris and Palenske Halls

(See Program Schedule)

10:55am - 11:55am

Roundtable #1

Meet in respective rooms designated by color on name tag

Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Roundtable #2

Meet in respective rooms designated by color on name tag

2:05pm - 2:50pm

Programming Session #2

Various Rooms: Norris and Palenske Halls

(See Program Schedule)

2:55pm - 3:40pm

Programming Session #2

Various Rooms: Norris and Palenske Halls

(See Program Schedule) 

3:45pm - 4:25pm

RA Showcase & Campus Swap

Norris Atrium

4:30pm - 5:00pm Closing & Recognition

MSPS 2011: Program Submission Form

Greetings Small Private Schools of Michigan!

It's time to begin thinking about programs at the upcoming MSPS Conference on April 2nd 2011.   In this packet you will find several ways to contribute to the educational offerings for MSPS 2011:

  • Program Proposal: to be used by staff or students who would like to present a particular topic and/or presentation for the conference delegates
  • Program Request: to be used by staff or students who would like to see specific topics covered, audiences served or particular presenters submit programs
  • Roundtable Proposal: to be used by staff or students who would like to facilitate a discussion on a particular topic.  These can be any kind of discussion: educational, problem solving, brainstorming. 

This is an excellent opportunity to show the attending RAs what goes into presenting an effective program as well as a chance to reuse some of those awesome sessions you may have presented to your own staff during RA Training!  It is also a great opportunity for veteran or even graduating RAs to pass on their expertise.  Any student attendee could answer the call for programs and impact the educational quality of the conference.

If you, or someone from your institution, is interested in presenting, please complete the attached proposal form.  If RAs or professional staff from your campus have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for program offerings they would like to see at the conference (especially if there is a hot topic, new trend or something that you're hoping for outside insight), please complete the program request form and our conference staff will do their best to find programs and presenters to meet your needs.  Included in the conference schedule there will be a one-hour session for roundtable discussions when attendees will be able to move about and engage in multiple discussions- this is a great opportunity for an eager first-time attendee or new RA! 

All proposals can be submitted electronically to Bristol Day or visit the conference websitefor more information.  Conference proposals submitted by March 1st will be given first consideration, but programs and roundtable proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis as space allows in the conference schedule and facilities.

Some 2011 conference highlights will include:

  • Closing Banquet
  • Case Study Competition
  • Residence Life Showcase (Campus Programs, RA Programs, Bulletin Boards, Events, etc.)

Now all you need to do is register!  Conference registration will open on February 1st 2011.  Registration packets will be emailed out and can also be found at the conference web page.  Registration is $20/attendee... and for every five student participants you register you get one free advisor registration!  For more information contact Bristol Day.  See you April 2nd!

~ Bristol Day, Resident Hall Director, Albion College

MSPS 2011 Coordinator

Topic Ideas

Conflict Mediation Leadership
Conforntation Hot Topics
Working with Difficult Residents Etiquette
Communication Self-Esteem
Recognition Being Brand New
Programming (Basic & Advanced) Returning RAs
Wellness Senior Student Staff
Careers in Student Affairs Getting Ready to Graduate
Ethical Decision Making LGBT Education
Team Building Diversity
Building Community Interculturalism
Passive Programming Access/Ability
Promoting / Advertising Advising
Public Speaking Creative Training Techniques


New Information

Conference Theme

  • RA's can sometimes feel as though they are trying to run a circus on their floors and in their buildings. They've got to be able to juggle a variety of situations, yet remain in control, keep their lives balanced, and of course, have some fun along the way. To reflect that, our theme this year is, "MSPS 2011: The Greatest Show on Campus."

Closing Banquet

  • At MSPS 2011 we'll be offering a Closing Banquet to all of those interested.  At the Banquet we'll be showing a slide show from the day, allowing extra conversation and time to explore the Showcase materials.  Attendees staying for the Closing Banquet will be given a special gift.  The MSPS Closing Banquet will be a great opportunity to begin networking, cement new friendships and end the day on a high note!

Residence Life Showcase (Campus Programs, RA Programs, Bulletin Boards, etc.)

  • Does your campus have really cool programs?  Has one of your RAs made really amazing bulletin boards?  Does your RA staff have the coolest staff t-shirts?  Need ideas for new programs, bulletin boards, community building activities?  Want to find a new way to gather students or educate on a particular topic?  The Residence Life Showcase is for you.  Bring pictures, scrapbook pages, written descriptions (OTMs), slideshows, etc. to show off the best and most successful programs and elements of your Residence Life program.  Explore the Showcase to get new ideas... there's no such thing as "stealing" when it comes to stealing ideas from other Residence Life programs!

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