The cutoff history—It’s coming!
The powers that be over at Housing assure us that the 2010-11 cutoff history is on the way, hopefully within the next day or two. Once that’s up, we’ll go through it step-by-step (or, rather, dorm-by-dorm) to look at which numbers might be misleading. But a few points and general reminders here based on questions we’ve gotten this year as well as those from years past, after the jump.
1) Never forget that NOTHING is set in stone. Cutoff history numbers change, sometimes without warning and based on arbitrarily shifting preferences. And these changes are different every year—looking at historical trends also is dicey. Basically, just know that everything comes with this caveat. We’ll try to be as clear as we can regarding when we’re sure about things and when we’re guessing.
2) Repeated question from rising sophomores: Can my group sneak into a four/five/six/seven/eight-person suite? No.
3) Really? Are you sure? Yes.
4) But the cutoff history says…No. You won’t get an eight-person suite in Ruggles—those will go to all-junior 20-point groups. You won’t get a seven-person suite in Claremont—those will go to groups with a mix of sophomores and juniors (find juniors to take the singles while you swallow the doubles. Fours, fives, and sixes in EC/Hogan/Ruggles/Claremont will go to seniors. Now, the promised caveat: Last year was the first year with a line of six-person suites in Ruggles, so a couple of lucky groups of sophomores snuck in. This year, we’d expect juniors will have wised up and will take them all. There’s also always the chance of the single six-person suite in Harmony dropping, or a random undesirable suite in Claremont. But if you go into Suite Selection as a 10-point group expecting to get anything other than corridor doubles, disappointment is a near-certainty.
5) That said, sophomore groups can use sophomore pair-up, so if you go in as a big group with this as your likely plan, you aren’t risking anything (and you can ensure you’ll get to pick at the same time as your friends).
6) Words of warning for juniors on Ruggles—the eight-person suites continue to rise in demand. Your chances of getting one as a 20-point group are probably 2/3 at this point—two years ago it was a near-guarantee. If you can lure a senior with an offer of one of the singles, do it to boost your point value.
7) Seniors should think hard about how willing they are to take an EC Exclusion Suite to guarantee space in EC. (You could rotate the double throughout the year, so no one lives there for more than a semester?) It’s likely that there will be more two, four, and six-person groups as seniors that might have been in ECX groups spread out. So we’d expect Hogan, Watt, Woodbridge, the rest of EC, and the Ruggles four-person suites to get more difficult. (More on this to come once this year’s cutoff numbers are released, and we can compare those to our own observations from last year.)
9) There will, again, be additional space held out for disability housing, which will further knock down the suite counts in some dorms. Last year, the specifics weren’t announced until the morning Suite Selection started—we’ll do our utmost to get that information sooner this time around.
10) General Selection—we’ve had numerous questions regarding this half of the process, and cutoffs for single rooms. These are often the most volatile because there are so many different dorms with such a wide variety of rooms in each—it’s often down to personal preference. But we promise to go more in depth here, too.
As always, keep asking questions in the comments, and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (We may write about your question in a future post if you ask via email.)
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