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.