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1. Confirm Your Eligibility

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

  • Be a registered 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.
  • Have at least one guaranteed year of housing remaining at the time of the Housing Draw.
  • Be free of any holds on their student record that would preclude them from being pre-assigned to the house.
  • Apply to be pre-assigned by the deadline and provide whatever documentation is required to support their application by that date.
  • Be willing to forfeit going through the Draw process or accepting an alternate Draw-exempt staff position.
  • Not have accepted a placement as a residential student staff member for the 2020-21 academic year. Students not selected as staff members are welcome and encouraged to apply to pre-assign.

2. Review the Policies

  • Students are only permitted to apply for pre-assignment to one house.
  • Students can simultaneously apply for pre-assignment and go through the OAE process to request a housing accommodation 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.
  • 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 apply for the Housing Draw.
  • Note: Students who pre-assign to a house must submit a housing application and list the pre-assigned house as their FIRST choice.
  • Students who pre-assign to a house are not guaranteed any particular room type, for example single, one-room double, two-room double.
  • The number of pre-assigned spaces per house is determined in advance and meets criteria set by Residential Education and Student Housing Assignments.
  • Each house designates the criteria they utilize for selecting their pre-assigned residents. You can learn more by reviewing each house's profile page, but be sure to check back when the application opens to see if there have been any changes from last year.
  • Living in a pre-assigned space may require a greater commitment than if applying through the general Housing Draw process.
  • Theme houses can also set criteria for students who are assigned to the house through the general Housing Draw. Such criteria are available for students to read and agree to when they are applying for housing.
  • Students must confirm their remaining number of guaranteed undergraduate housing years with Student Housing Assignments. Students need at least one year of guaranteed undergraduate housing in order to pre-assign.
  • 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 fraternal or sororal organization.

​3. Understand the Draw Process & Tiers

  • Students who pre-assign must use a guaranteed year of housing and the tier designated for the house to which they pre-assign. The tier level is based on the cutoff Draw numbers from the previous year. All pre-assigned spaces will be designated as either Tier 2 or Tier 3.
  • Students cannot draw as roommates into pre-assigned spaces in Row houses.  RF houses vary in this regard; students with questions should contact the specific house for more information.
  • All students with at least one year of guaranteed undergraduate housing are encouraged to apply, regardless of their remaining tiers. The pre-assignment process will use the tier associated to the house as outlined below, or the next highest remaining tier. If all higher tiers are used, applicants will default to their remaining available tier. The following examples show which tiers will be used in various situations:
  1. A student interested in applying to a Tier 2 residence who only has Tier 1 or Tier 3 remaining will use their Tier 1.
  2.  A student interested in applying to a Tier 2 residence who only has Tier 3 remaining will use their Tier 3.
  3.  A student interested in applying to a Tier 3 residence who only has Tier 1 or Tier 2 remaining will use their Tier 2.

For more information about the Housing Draw, please visit the R&DE website

​4. Apply Online

Due to the University’s continuing response to COVID-19, the 2020-21 Pre-Assignment application will likely be delayed. Once the timeline for the process has been determined, this website will be updated and all undergraduate students will be notified. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions about the application process or your eligibility, please contact the Pre-Assignment Team at