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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 »
Well, here we are — we’re more than halfway done with in-person group selection, with only sophomores and some mixed-point groups left to pick.
Today there were some interesting surprises — particularly during regroup — with some good and bad news for those picking tomorrow and Wednesday, depending on what you’re aiming for.
You should be optimistic if you are a mixed-point (or even 10-point!) group of 7, as we count nine remaining Claremont 7′s. If no groups of 7 drop, we’re looking at, worst-case scenario, a cutoff of 10/983, much later than we expected. Though since all these groups probably formed in hope of a Claremont 7, it’s most likely the cutoff will be exactly that. This would leave a maximum of six 10-point, 7-person groups out in the cold of online selection. More »
There weren’t too many surprises in Day 3 of Room Selection—mixed-point groups took the remainder of EC exclusion suites, junior pairs picked into Watt studio doubles and Woodbridge medium and low-demand lines, and many Ruggles 6 and 8-person suites were taken. The losers of the day were 20-point 6-person groups hoping for Ruggles, as well as pairs with a good lottery number hoping for better rooms in Woodbridge and Watt than what was left.
Today’s selections have some interesting repercussions going forward. First, Symposium doubles, which we originally predicted to go during Senior Regroup or the 25-point groups, are set to last until at least 20/1216. This was likely due to floor plans now accurately showing much smaller rooms than before. In addition, some pairs opted for Watt studio doubles over the Woodbridge one-bedrooms because of the wind tunnel. With only 44 Watt studio doubles, a Symposium double, a Woodbridge low-demand, and two Ruggles RA suites, and 53 2-person groups left to pick, the amount of desirable housing for pairs is dwindling.
Some have wondered what the number of Watt studio doubles making it to Regroup will be. The verdict is still out on that, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the single digits. This continues the trend this year of fewer students dropping to General, which is sure to have interesting consequences for rising juniors and sophomores, especially those on the waitlist (me!).
One surprise was the cutoff for the last Claremont 3-person suite at 20/342, which managed to pass by both Senior Regroupers and the two 26.67-point groups. This is a big dip from the situation last year where the suite didn’t make it past the seniors.
When they weren’t busy approving a permanent dean for Columbia College earlier this month, the board of trustees made at least one decision that directly affects all undergraduates—housing costs for next year are going up. As you probably found out via email, the price of your Columbia dorm increased somewhere between $48 and $62 (or, as the email from housing put it, “approximately $25 to $35 per term”), relative to the estimate you received when you signed your occupancy agreement.
If you run the numbers, that translates to an overall revenue increase of about $299,000 for the University. (Disclaimer: A bunch of estimates went into that calculation, among them that every room is filled and that RAs are paying for housing. Also, it’s pretty much impossible to figure out how many first-years will be living in Hartley, Wallach, and Furnald, and the cost hikes are slightly different for first-years than for upperclassmen. Still, the number is in the right ballpark).
Wondering what the University plans to do with the additional funds? We asked Vice President of Student and Administrative Services Scott Wright, who told us that the increase will help fund an “aggressive project plan” for summer dorm renovations. Check after the jump to find out if your dorm is getting renovated, and to see the new and old costs for every dorm. More »
Today was the penultimate day of Suite Selection and, we have to say, things were far less chaotic than they were last week. Outside of Claremont (which we’ll get to later), the juniors ensured that there would be no suites or even studio doubles left for the sophomores. That meant that today’s selection was all about doubles. Sophomores utilized Sophomore Pair-Up to grab chunks of the remaining buildings, with the vast majority choosing one of the Big Five: Broadway, McBain, Nussbaum, Schapiro, and Wien. The savvier sophomores also took their time to consider the oft-forgotten options of the sixth floor of EC and on the tenth floor of Furnald. Overall, the order of their choices was fairly haphazard since it’s tough to make a conclusive argument at this point that any type of double is better than any other–it’s all about personal preferences now. More »
On Day Three of Suite Selection, the impact of yesterday’s Senior Regroup became apparent. The mixed-point groups were left to pick through the carnage, as the two-point groups ate up the medium- and low-demand Woodbridge lines, the Symposium doubles, and the Watt one-bedroom apartments, all of which were gone by the day’s close.
After everyone’s lottery numbers were published, it seemed like Woodbridge could last deep into the 20-point round. However, the elimination of the UAH apartments combined with the insane popularity of Woodbridge during Regroup meant that its cutoff was pretty much in line with the cutoff from last year. More »
Day Two of Suite Selection brought the second half of the 30-point round. The all-senior groups with lottery numbers worse than 1500 trickled in to John Jay lounge to either choose their rooms or see what was left on the Whiteboard and leave in disappointment.
The eight outstanding six-person townhouses were taken in the morning, getting cut off at 30/2279. This was a much tougher cutoff than last year, when six-person townhouses were available up until the very last group to pick before Regroup.
Conversely, the EC two-person flats had a cutoff of 30/1726, a much later cutoff than last year’s. It just goes to show how the cutoff history isn’t everything. More »
If you’re still trying to figure out where to live, this one’s for you. We present an interactive feature with photo tours of each dorm after the jump.
Just one photo from the collection:
As if the massive PDF of lottery numbers and our housing calculator weren’t enough for you yesterday, we’ve got another, far more comprehensive little doodad that will tell you where people with a lottery number like yours ended up.
For example, if you enter in a lottery number of 3000 (we hope you don’t have that) and a point value of 10, this little gadget will provide a list of the people with similar numbers and point values in the 2010 and 2011 and what they ended up calling home for a year. The calculator can also filter the results by building and year.
Just in case you didn’t want to click ‘doodad,’ you can check it out here.
Housing has just posted the big list of everyone’s lottery number, in order by uni. How many people are in front of you? What does it all mean? Check back for updates — we’ll be adding some nifty calculators to help you decipher the whole thing. Meanwhile, you can get a general idea of where you are.
Best of luck to everyone!
Here’s a calculator exclusively for Suite Selection to count the number of groups ahead of you.