Housing Selection for 2017-2018

It's Housing Selection time!

This year the Housing Selection process is kicking off with Apartment Selection on March 21st and will complete on April 28th with the conclusion on Residence Hall Room Selection.

Students are encouraged to prepare for this process by taking the time to learn everything they can about our housing process and options. Please take the time to review the information found on this and the other housing selection webpages.  This information should prove helpful in your preparation for the selection process. 

Additionally, you are encouraged to also view the Housing Selection Edition of the Residential Life and Housing Handbook.  This is a comprehensive guide to the selection process and also includes additional information not found on the Housing Selection webpages, such as information on the Housing Accommodations and Housing Policy appeals process.  The guide can be accessed by the following link:  Residential Life and Housing Handbook: Housing Selection Edition.

We will provide further updates to this page and to students directly by way of their Skidmore email about this process as it progresses. Be sure to check back here in the lead up to the various processes for additional information.


DATES

General Selection Dates

  Date Location
Apartment Housing Selection March 21st - 30th 2nd Floor Dining Hall    
Off-Campus Housing Selection April 3rd - April 14th Online
Special Interest Housing Selection
April 19th - April 20th Online
Residence Hall Room Selection     April 24th - April 28th Online

See the various sections for more specific dates and times.

 

BASIC INFORMATION

Online

Many steps of the Housing Selection process take place online using the Odyssey Housing Management System (HMS). Students can access this system though the link below:

Skidmore College Odyssey HMS

 

Lottery Numbers

Every student will receive a lottery number in their Skidmore email. Lottery numbers will be released to all students eligible for Housing Selection during the business week of February 6th-10th 2017.

Creation of Lottery Numbers

All Lottery Numbers are random other than for two factors; Class Year and Prior Year's Third.

Class Year factors into how far from zero their classes range of numbers may be. Rising Seniors will be closest to zero and Rising Sophomores the furthest.

Prior Year's Third refers to the ordering of number with in your class. Lottery numbers are split into thirds to ensure no student gets the best or worst lottery number each year. Lottery numbers will move yearly in circular reverse order from Top third to Bottom Third (Once the bottom third is reached the next number will be in the top third).

Lottery Number Range

Lottery Numbers for each class will fall into a range of numbers. This range is larger than the actual class size. Unused numbers in this range are invalid. For 2016-2017 the ranges are as follows:

-Rising Seniors: 1-750
-Rising Juniors: 751-1500
-Rising Sophomores: 1501 - 2250

 

Eligibility

In order for a student to be eligible for Housing Selection a student must complete the following requirements:

-Complete Housing Application
-Complete any outstanding Student Conduct sanctions
-Pay any outstanding charges on student account
-Not be registered to study abroad in the Fall semester

Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in a hold being placed on a student's account which will prohibit housing selection.

Holds must be cleared at least 24 hours prior to your selection time. Failure to do so will prevent selecting housing at your assigned selection time.

 

Proxy

Housing Selection is not an excuse for missing class! If a student is unable to select at their designated time (i.e. abroad, in class, working, otherwise away from campus or a computer) they should assign a proxy.

The proxy sign up process is different depending on what process you are participating in. Please see the section on your process for further instructions.

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

Do I need to participate in Housing Selection?

All student in the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 who will be returning to study on campus at Skidmore College in the Fall 2017 must participate in housing selection. What process you participate in is dependent on what your plans are for the fall. Be sure to complete all the steps for your process.

Students who are not returning to campus in the Fall 2017 (students in class of 2017, studying abroad in the Fall 2017, taking a leave for the Fall 2017 or withdrawing from Skidmore) should not participate in this process.

I am abroad/on-leave and will be returning in the Fall. How do I select housing?

How you select housing will depend on what process you are participating in and your access to computers. With the exception of the Apartment Housing Selection process we expect all of our processes will be fully on-line for the 2017-2018 Selection Process. As a result if you have access to a computer and Internet you may complete the process yourself, just be careful to watch your selection time as they will all be in Eastern Standard Time.

If you are planning on participating in the Apartment Housing Selection Process, you will need to select a proxy as this selection process will be in person. Further information on this process can be found in the Apartment Housing Selection part of this website.

I am planning on selecting On-Campus housing at selection. Can I move Off-Campus later if I change my mind and want to live Off-Campus?

No.  If you select On-Campus housing you will not be permitted to move Off-Campus during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Students who select On-Campus housing are expected to live On-Campus until the completion of the academic year or which time they reduce to below full-time status (less than 12 credits), graduate, go abroad, take a leave or withdraw from the College.

I am living Off-Campus in the Fall. Do I need to participate?

Yes. If you are living Off-Campus for the fall you still need to participate in Housing Selection, specifically the Off-Campus Housing Selection Process. Please review the section on Off-Campus Housing Selection for more information.

I am applying to be abroad for the Fall. Do I still participate?

No. If you have applied to be abroad for the Fall and have already been accepted or are waiting on approval you may not select housing for the Fall.

If you apply for Study Abroad and are not approved you will be permitted to participate in Housing Selection after this is confirmed. Please know that under most circumstance this will be after apartment selection. Students that find themselves in this situation who still hope to be housed in an On-Campus apartment will need to select a room in the Residence Hall and then apply for a room change to the apartments. The Room Change applications will become available after the close of Residence Hall Room Selection on May 1st.

 

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