How Room and Roommate Assignments are Made

Room Assignment Process for New Students

Room assignments for new students who are required [1] to reside on-campus are made using a computer algorithm. This algorithm factors in the housing style and roommate preferences, as well as, the responses to the profile questions. Priority is determined based on the date the housing agreement terms and conditions were accepted, with the “early action” admitted students processed before the “regular” admitted students.

Students required to reside on-campus are guaranteed a room, however, specific preferences (building, housing style, roommates, etc.) are not guaranteed. Inevitably, the “demand” for some buildings and housing styles will exceed the “supply” of available rooms. Additionally, the number of “available beds” in a building may be much less than the building’s total capacity since returning residents selected rooms in these buildings in March. It is possible, that none of the three building preferences or the housing style preferences can be met. If this happens, don’t be discouraged. Students are successful in all of the residential communities and there is no evidence to suggest that living in a particular building or housing style is “better” than another.

Once the “tentative” building assignment is made, it is unlikely that we’ll be able to move students between buildings or housing style. Since the occupancy level is very high, the opportunities for a change are very limited.

Note: The tentative building assignment email message will be sent to the applicant’s GU email address (not the parent’s) by mid-July. Access to ZagMail is required to view the message.

For new students not required to reside on-campus, priority is based on the date the housing agreement terms and conditions were accepted. Since there are so few rooms available, assignment is made “by hand” with very limited consideration for housing style, building, or roommate preference.  Regrettably, due to the limited amount of housing for this category of students, on-campus living is not guaranteed.

[1] Students are required to reside on-campus and participate in a meal plan unless they are 21+ years of age and have 4 semesters of on-campus living experience (at GU or other higher education institution, not including summer sessions).