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For those of you who are still floating in the abyss of housing uncertainty, we bring you our
General Selection Online Selection preview. (BTW, it starts today.)
Below, we’ve outlined which options are likely to go when, what’s what, and what to expect. After all seniors and mixed-point groups pick during the rest of this week, we’ll have a recap of what’s happened and a preview of what’s to come.
Read on for the preview… and as always, please comment below with any questions or additions for us! More »
There’s been a lot of talk about brownstones and housing this semester, including last weekend’s announcement that Lambda, AXO and Q House will occupy the three open brownstones on 114. The next question of focus will be how to use the newly acquired brownstones on 113.
When the administration announced that students would start living in these brownstones next fall, they also announced that they were looking for student input into ways to use them.
Amidst claims of bias in the brownstone selection process, Dean Martinez held a poorly-attended town hall. I suspect that one of the reasons students may not have attended this town hall was that the administration had already made clear that these brownstones would be used for special interest housing instead of entering the general housing lottery.
The GenSel list is up on StarRez. Take a look here.
Now that you’ve taken a look before the analysis, here’s a big disclaimer: General Selection predictions can be wildly off due to individual preferences (as opposed to Suite Selection, which is tremendously more predictable). With that warning, here’s what your lottery number means, from top to bottom (sophomores, if you’re in a tldr mode, the Furnald cutoff will be around 10/356, give or take 50).
Your Options More »
For any intrepid comp-sci majors out there, I have an idea for the next Facebook.
Ok, maybe not Facebook, but a social marketplace for undergrad housing, which in the world of Columbia, is probably just as significant to all of us as a the thing called “life” that Facebook covers for the rest of the world.
Here’s my proposal: What if someone made a Craigslist/eBay-esque website that allowed people to buy, sell, or auction their lottery numbers? (Because who doesn’t want more complications in the housing process?!?)
But seriously, let’s say you’re a rising senior who’s just planning on snagging some Broadway singles with some friends. Easily attainable with even the worst 30-point lottery number. But what if you open up your housing portal and discover something like 30/43? Holy shit, that could get like, the underground laser tag arena in PrezBo’s house!!! (Or at least a Watt studio single!)
While that would certainly be nice, you aren’t necessarily dying for Watt, and you’d be more than happy with Broadway, so why not have the ability to trade your number to someone who’s prepared to sell one of their kidneys for their own kitchen and bathroom? More »
After Friday’s registration, in which basically everything went as predicted in the prior Housing post, the fog (though you never really know with Housing) has mostly settled. Expect the Sophomore Waitlist cutoff to be roughly 1034 (give or take a few appointments), and, with that, the end of General Selection.
Of those who won’t get to pick into General Selection (roughly 130), some will opt for off-campus housing, while most will elect to be placed on the Sophomore Waitlist. Over the summer, prospective junior (and senior) transfers, as well as sophomores, will be asked to indicate their room preferences. Especially for sophomores, DON’T BE PICKY. If your preferences indicate (I only want a single), odds are you won’t get it and instead of that decent Nussbaum double that you would have received ahead of someone else, you, instead, will get shafted.
Your fate should be decided by mid-July, and we’ll be sure to drop in around that time.
So that’s it! It has been a long ride, and while we will pop up every now and then, this is the end. Shaft out.
So, 202 rising juniors later, Wien and Harmony are both still standing and still have a higher-than-expected number of singles. That’s good (for juniors)! More »
With General Selection set to resume tomorrow, and a whopping 202 rising juniors set to pick into the remaining singles, it’s time again to breakdown what’s going to happen. First, a few quick previews. The last-single-room cutoff will be around 20/2700 and the Sophomore Waitlist cutoff is projected to be roughly 10/700.
- 39 Harmony singles
- 10 McBain singles
- 184 Wien singles
- 38 Furnald singles
- 30 McBain doubles
- 1 Harmony double
- 31 Schapiro doubles
- 4 Wien doubles
What’s going to happen tomorrow?
With 202 rising juniors (up to lottery number 2575) set to pick tomorrow, most of the remaining singles—and certainly all the quality ones—will be wiped out. It’s hard to predict whether people will prefer Wien or Harmony, but there’s a good chance either (but not both) dorms will be wiped out after tomorrow. McBain will likely still be around though, as juniors avoid the 99 square foot singles in the McBain Shaft that really, aren’t much better than the Shaft doubles. Expect a day of fairly monotonous room selection.
Ok… That was obvious. What’s going to happen after tomorrow?
The Shaft has been dormant for a while, and that’s because there really hasn’t been much for us to do since General Selection, because of individual preferences, tends to be much less predictable than Suite Selection. And with this neat website, Housing has the room counts covered pretty darn well.
Now though, with General Selection approximately halfway through (we’ll get started with 20/1259 tomorrow), it’s time to update the state of housing.
Watt studio singles were snagged later than usual—of the 14 who could have picked into those spacey studios, only six did. Still though, Watt is long gone as are singles in Broadway and Nussbaum. Probably the biggest surprise this year has been that juniors seem to be overwhelmingly preferring Broadway over River. While there are still a few River’s remaining, Broadway has been gone for a while.
What’s left now?
River: 5/118 singles remaining
Schapiro: 102/215 singles, 31 doubles remaining
Harmony: 44/69 singles, 1 double remaining
Wien: 218/260 singles, 4 doubles remaining
McBain: 15/18 singles, 29 doubles remaining
Broadway: 1 double remaining
What’s going to happen tomorrow?
Again, because different people have different preferences in their housing, it’s tough to say. Tomorrow, 161 people will select housing (up to 20/1924), which should wipe out the remaining singles in River and most quality singles in Schapiro. More »