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'''Room Selection''' is the process by which students select a room for the next academic year. There are four phases:
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'''Room Selection''' is the process by which students select a room for the next academic year from the stock of [[upperclassmen housing]]. The process is conducted every Spring by [[Columbia Housing]].
  
# Registration
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== Phases ==
# Lottery
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# Group Suite Selection
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# General Selection
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The order in which students select their room is determined by two numbers. First, students are subdivided according to their <u>point value</u>. Rising seniors get 30 points. Rising juniors get 20 points. Rising sophomores get 10 points. A student's status is determined based on the year he entered Columbia, not on the year he expects to graduate. If students form a group for a double or suite, the group point value is the average of its CC and SEAS members (but not Barnard members), unless they invoke the East Campus Exclusion Rule (see below).
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The key phases of the room selection process are as follows (each described in its respective article):
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*[[Room Selection registration|Registration]]
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*[[Housing lottery]]
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*[[Group Suite Selection]], including the:
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:*[[Senior regroup]]
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:*[[Junior regroup]]
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*[[General Selection]]
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*[[Summer Transfer of Fall Assignment]]
  
Second, students are subdivided according to their randomly-assigned <u>lottery number</u>, which can range from 1 to 3000. Thus, a student with 30pts & #1 gets to choose his room before a student with 30pts & #3000, who in turn gets to choose his room before a student with 20pts & #1, and so on.
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== Group Suite Selection vs. General Selection ==
  
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The iron rule by which selection runs is very simple - square pegs must fit in square holes, no exceptions. In order to run an efficient, clean, and unmessy selection process, selection occurs in two passes.  In the first pass, Group Selection, students who have registered as groups pick their housing options. This is where the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-esque decision comes into play. When your turn comes and no suite of corresponding size is available, your group is essentially 'dropped' into the second pass of selection (though keeping the same seniority value and assigned lottery number when generating the General Selection order) and must pick into singles and doubles that were leftover when groups of 2 ran out (the only size of which there are more rooms than groups) on your own in [[General Selection]].
  
= Registration =
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Because lottery numbers have been assigned to everyone in advance, is possible for groups to 'count' and deliberately drop into General Selection. This happens in two cases typically - senior groups with incredible lottery numbers dropping into general so that all the group members pick a Watt studio single for themselves, and Sophomores who want singles but hedging their bets. A sophomore group of 2 can count ahead before their turn comes in Group Selection to see if there would be any singles left by the time everyone ahead of them in General Selection finished picking. If yes, they can drop. If not, they can select a double together, a room that will almost undoubtedly be better than the double they would have picked into blindly during General Selection, because it would have been a leftover.
  
=== Strategy ===
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== See also ==
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*[[Housing factors]]
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*[[Housing strategies]]
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*[[Cutoff history]]
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*[[Barnard cap]]
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*[[Off-campus housing]] and the [[Off-Campus Housing Assistance]]
  
The best strategy is to sign up for Group Suite Selection in a group of friends. Your group will get two shots at room selection. First, you can pick a double or suite in Group Suite Selection. Or, second, you can drop out of Group Suite Selection and pick a single in General Selection. This is absolutely the best strategy for rising sophomores.
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[[Category:Room Selection|*]]
  
=== Important rules ===
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== External Links ==
 
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* [http://www.housingatcu.com Housing@CU]
* Men and women may form groups together for Group Suite Selection and General Selection. However, doubles can only be assigned to students of the same gender.
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=== For a double or a suite ===
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Sign up for Group Suite Selection with your friends. Group sizes can range from 2 to 8. You'll only be able to pick a suite that exactly matches your group size. E.g., 2 people can only pick a double, or 5 people can only pick a 5-person suite.
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East Campus Exclusion Rule (ECER): If you want to try to get an [[East Campus]] high-rise 5-person suite which has 3 singles and 1 double, you can invoke the rule during registration (and not later). Only the top 3 <u>point values</u> of the 5-member group will be averaged to calculate the group <u>point value</u>. However, the group will then only be able to pick an EC high-rise 5-person suite. If all of these are gone by the time the group shows up for their appointment time, the group will automatically drop to General Selection. If the group chose to stay together in such an event, each individual will receive a <u>point value</u> equivalent to the sum of the 5 <u>point values</u> divided by 5. E.g., 30+30+30+10+10 / 5 = 110 / 5 = 22. If the group chose to disband in the event of dropping to General Selection, each individual will receive their class <u>point value</u>, either 10, 20, or 30. ECER groups can have a maximum of 2 Barnard students, and their points will not count.
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=== For a single in a corridor-style residence hall ===
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Sign up for General Selection as an individual.
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=== For a single in a corridor-style residence hall near your friends ===
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Sign up for General Selection as a group with your friends. Group sizes can range from 2 to 10.
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= Lottery =
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Once the registration period is over, each individual or group is assigned a random, computer-generated lottery number. (Groups share a single lottery number.)
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According to the individual or group's point value and lottery number, the individual or group is assigned an appointment date and time to pick their room or suite. The exact priority is described in above in the article introduction.
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Students then try to determine exactly what they'll be able to get, especially by referring to the [[Cutoff history]].
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= Group Suite Selection =
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* Group Suite Selection will take place from [[Calendar 2007 4 9|April 9]] to [[Calendar 2007 4 13|April 13]] in [[John Jay]] Lounge.
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* All group members or their proxies will need to come together with their [[CUID]]s. The group can come at their appointment time or any time afterwards.
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* If a group does not want to pick a double or suite, or it is unable to, the group will automatically drop to General Selection. This applies even if only one member doesn't go along with the group. Group members will keep the same lottery number, and receive a new appointment time accordingly.
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* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/returning_students/room-selection/group-suite.html#N10037 Available doubles], minus the unavailable spaces detailed below
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* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/returning_students/room-selection/group-suite.html#N10028 Available suites], minus the unavailable spaces detailed below
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* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/returning_students/rules-exceptions/space-held.html Unavailable spaces]
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=== Barnard cap ===
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The number of Barnard students allowed to live in Columbia housing is capped. The cap is:
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* the number of Columbia students who have chosen to participate in Barnard selection
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* + the number of Barnard students in Columbia sororities
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* + the number of Barnard students in Columbia Special Interest Communities
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Once this cap is reached, all groups with one or more Barnard members that have not yet selected a room will drop to General Selection, except for the Barnard members, who will drop to Barnard room selection. In 2006, all 30pt groups with Barnard students got past the cap, and then a further 3 Barnard juniors. All 30pt groups usually get past the cap because housing tries to keep seniors happy.
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= Senior regroup =
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= General Selection =
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* General Selection takes place online in April.
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* You can log in and select a room any time from your assigned appointment time until the end of General Selection. It is obviously better to select a room as soon as possible after your assigned appointment time.
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* The available rooms include all single rooms, and any doubles and suites remaining from Group Suite Selection.
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= Summer transfer =
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* Once Group Suite Selection and General Selection are over, some space becomes available because students fail to sign their contracts, decide to study abroad, take time off, or transfer to a different school. Approximately 150-200 spaces become available by May. These spaces are made available through summer transfer.
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* Students apply for summer transfer.
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* The order in which summer transfer requests are fulfilled is determined by two numbers, as in the regular lottery. First, students are subdivided according to their point value. Second, however, students are subdivided according to their <u>reverse</u> lottery number from the regular lottery.
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* Thus, a request from a student with 30/2999 is fulfilled before a request from a student with 30/1, while is in turn fulfilled before a request from a student with 20/2999, and so on.
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Latest revision as of 14:31, 24 March 2014

Room Selection is the process by which students select a room for the next academic year from the stock of upperclassmen housing. The process is conducted every Spring by Columbia Housing.

Contents

Phases

The key phases of the room selection process are as follows (each described in its respective article):

Group Suite Selection vs. General Selection

The iron rule by which selection runs is very simple - square pegs must fit in square holes, no exceptions. In order to run an efficient, clean, and unmessy selection process, selection occurs in two passes. In the first pass, Group Selection, students who have registered as groups pick their housing options. This is where the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-esque decision comes into play. When your turn comes and no suite of corresponding size is available, your group is essentially 'dropped' into the second pass of selection (though keeping the same seniority value and assigned lottery number when generating the General Selection order) and must pick into singles and doubles that were leftover when groups of 2 ran out (the only size of which there are more rooms than groups) on your own in General Selection.

Because lottery numbers have been assigned to everyone in advance, is possible for groups to 'count' and deliberately drop into General Selection. This happens in two cases typically - senior groups with incredible lottery numbers dropping into general so that all the group members pick a Watt studio single for themselves, and Sophomores who want singles but hedging their bets. A sophomore group of 2 can count ahead before their turn comes in Group Selection to see if there would be any singles left by the time everyone ahead of them in General Selection finished picking. If yes, they can drop. If not, they can select a double together, a room that will almost undoubtedly be better than the double they would have picked into blindly during General Selection, because it would have been a leftover.

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