Word is that the incoming class won’t be able to request specific dorms anymore. Instead they can choose to live in one of two options (minus special options like 200 Church, Westco, Subfree and single gender): Freshman-only dorm (Fauver, Clark) or a mixed class dorm (Butts, Nics).
Personally, I think this is beyond lame. While there were definitely problems with the old ranking system (as in if you didn’t get your first choice, chances are you’d get your last), it takes away what I see as a crucial element of choice. Like it or not, our dorms have personalities attributed to them, and while it’s true that the atmosphere in every dorm varies depending on who your hallmates are, being able to have at least a bit of control during the chaotic transition between high school and college was, to me, comforting.
If anything, I think the choices are remarkably unbalanced. The two freshman dorms are, (coincidentally?) the two most recently renovated dorms on campus. Besides, putting the Foss Hill dorms in the same category as the Butts…Well, that’s just not right.
Anyways I just heard this second-hand, if anyone can elaborate, let us know in the comments.
EDIT: Here it is…Thanks, anonymous commenter.
Most importantly, this year’s incoming class will not fill out the same housing application that you completed. Requests for particular halls have become so skewed that we can no longer fill everyone’s first or second choice, and many are getting their third or fourth choice. Rather than raising their hopes about a particular hall and disappointing them, the Student Life Committee of the WSA has approved that the application be changed from ranking their top four choices to instead ask the freshmen to indicate whether they prefer an all freshman hall (Fauver and Clark), or a mixed population hall (Nicolson and Butterfield). In addition, students can indicate their interest in the following community based living options: Westco, single gender floor (Nicolson 5 and 5.5), 200 Church and subfree floor (Butterfield C). They can also indicate how important it is to them to have a single room (approximately 70 are available for the class of 2011, which is only 10% of the class).
Remember that the current room rate structure will be replaced with the residential comprehensive fee next year, and all sophomores and freshmen will pay the same amount, regardless of which building or type of room.
Where the freshmen will end up living:
Only 20% of the class of 2011 will be housed in Foss Hill residence halls (Hewitt will house only sophomores and juniors; half of Westco, and almost half of Nicolson will be held for freshmen). Westco, with 64 spaces for freshmen, will house less than 10% of the class. Nicolson has only 80 spaces for freshmen.
22% of the class will live in Fauver.
17.5% of the class will live in Clark.
When you add this to the doubles in Butterfield and 200 Church, 63% of the class will be housed in one room doubles.
Almost all of the 39 spaces in 200 Church will be held for freshmen.
35% of the class will live in Butterfield. That’s one out of every three.
Please try to prevent your personal experiences and preferences from coloring the above facts. Most continuing students prefer two room doubles or singles, therefore, very few of them are held for first year students. You can do the pre-frosh a great service by promoting the positives offered by each location.