Students who were not assigned a time slot for the first round of housing selection through Washington University’s Office of Residential Life will now go through a second round to be placed in housing March 19.
Changes to the WUSTL housing system include a new portal website, a time slot-based system and alterations to the group formation process.
Residential Life changed the housing application and room selection process from a lottery-based system to a time slot system for the upcoming 2018-2019 application, which opens Jan. 29.
Washington University’s Office of Residential Life will unveil a new software system to be used during the housing assignment process during the next academic year.
While the Office of Residential Life says its decision to eliminate Round 3 of housing petitions by accepting both apartment and suite petitions during Round 2 has been initially successful, some students are still reporting displeasure with the housing process.
An online glitch on the housing selection website left students frustrated during the final round of housing on Friday when the webpage used to create petitions crashed.
With sorority involvement on campus reaching nearly 50 percent, Greek life continues to play an integral role in the lives of many women at Washington University. According to some administrators, however, sorority chapters have historically declined the opportunity to cohabitate in on-campus houses.
Last Friday, Residential College directors across campus announced resident adviser selections for the 2016-2017 academic year, throwing a proverbial wrench into the housing selection process. Groups of rising upperclassmen, that include RA candidates, now have to deal with the potential fallout of one of their own suddenly being plucked for a higher purpose.
Residential Life has elected to eliminate Round 3 of housing petitions effective immediately and will instead accept both apartment and suite petitions during Round 2.
On the site of the former Rubelmann Hall, a new building is being constructed—but it’s not a new Ruby. The building will be an extension of the already-standing Umrath House, and will share Umrath’s name. Administrators hope that connecting the buildings will help freshmen living in the Residential College interact more.