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Application Process

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Here you'll find information detailing the process of applying for pre-assignment. 

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Pre-Assignment Process

Confirm Your Eligibility

In order to apply for pre-assignment, a student must:

  • Must be an enrolled undergraduate student — or an undergraduate student on an approved leave of absence — and be eligible for registration in the Autumn Quarter for which they are applying.  Students who will be studying abroad in Autumn Quarter are not eligible for pre-assignment.
  • Must be eligible to live in undergraduate housing and have at least 3 quarters of guaranteed undergraduate housing remaining. 
  • Must not confer their undergraduate degree before Autumn Quarter.
    • Students with co-terminal status may apply for pre-assignment if they will not confer their undergraduate degree before Autumn Quarter and they meet all of the other criteria for pre-assignment, including having at least 3 quarters of guaranteed undergraduate housing remaining.

  • Must be free of any holds on their student record that would preclude them from being pre-assigned to the house.
  • Must apply for Pre-Assignment and provide any required supplemental documentation by the stated application deadline. 
  • Must be willing to forfeit participation in the House and Room Selection process.
  • Cannot accept a placement as a residential student leader for the upcoming academic year. Students who are not selected as residential student leaders are welcome and encouraged to apply to pre-assign, as residential student leader selection takes place before Pre-Assignment.
  • Must not have lived outside their assigned neighborhood for more than 2 years, excluding serving as a residential student leader.

Review the Policies

  • Students are only permitted to apply to one pre-assignment process below (not both)
    • Academic/Ethnic Theme House process: students can apply to one theme house
    • Co-Ops process: students can apply to multiple co-ops and submit a ranked list of preferences
  • Students can simultaneously apply for pre-assignment and go through the OAE process to request housing accommodations due to a documented medical/disability need.  If accepted for pre-assignment, and your medical accommodation can be met in the house without undue hardship, you will be accommodated within the house.
  • By applying for Pre-Assignment, students acknowledge they will be placed in the house(s) they applied for if selected. If a student is selected for a pre-assigned spot in a house, they are automatically assigned to that house, and they are not eligible to participate in the general housing assignments process.
  • Students who pre-assign to a house are not guaranteed any particular room type, for example single, one-room double, two-room double.
  • Each house designates the criteria they utilize for selecting their pre-assigned residents. You can learn more by reviewing the application website .
  • Living in a University Theme House may require a greater commitment than if applying through the general housing assignments process. These terms and expectations are available for students to read and agree to when they are applying for housing.
  • Students may both apply for pre-assignment in a particular house and participate in fraternity or sorority recruitment only if they are willing to commit to live in the house to which they may be pre-assigned.  Students who apply for a pre-assigned spot in a house are not eligible to live in a fraternity or sorority house for that year, but they may join a fraternity or sorority.

Apply Online

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If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Pre-Assignment Team.