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INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE RELATES TO HOUSING SELECTION FOR THE CURRENT 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR.  INFORMATION FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20 WILL BE POSTED IN JANUARY 2019.

Apartment Housing Selection for 2018–19


 

The apartment housing selection process is for any student who is hoping to live in one of our on-campus apartments. Skidmore College has two apartment villages offering housing in two-, three-, four- and five-person apartments. Each fully furnished apartment has an appropriately equipped kitchen, common space and shared bathroom facilities. Students living in the apartments are not required to be on a meal plan, but may choose from various options available.

Students interested in living in one of our apartment villages are encouraged to read up to make sure they do not miss any important information pertaining to the apartment selection process.


DATES

Apartment housing selection will take place between March 20 and 29 for the 2018–19 selection year. Below is a table of more specific dates and deadlines.

  Date Location
Apartment worksheets due—DEADLINE PAST Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. Online and in the Office of Residential Life    
Apartment selection times released Week of March 5–9 Skidmore email
Selection, group average 4.0 Tuesday, March 20, 5–9 p.m.     Second floor, dining hall
Selection, group average 3.8–3.0 and 4.0 regroups Friday, March 23, 5–9 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 5–9 p.m.
Second floor, dining hall
Selection, group average 2.8–2.0 and 4.0–3.0 regroups     Thursday, March 29, 5–9 p.m. Second floor, dining hall

 

STEPS TO PROCESS

The apartment housing selection process contains the following steps:

  • Form a group
    • Students must preselect a group of students to live with to select apartment housing. Apartment selection take place on the group level only. Individual students will not be permitted to select apartments.
    • Groups must be able to fill an apartment to select it. Based on apartment sizes, groups can consist of three, four of five students.
  • Submit an apartment worksheet (one per group)
    • Each group must submit an apartment worksheet and an online group application. Both forms must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life prior to selection. The deadline for submission of these forms is Friday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Students can find the apartment worksheet in the Office of Residential Life or through this link: Apartment Worksheet 18-19.
  • Complete the 2018–19 on-campus housing application
  • Apartment selection
    • All eligible groups will receive a selection time from the Office of Residential Life prior to selection. At least one representative for each group is expected to attend selection to select housing.

 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible at selection night, every group member must complete the following requirements:

Submit a worksheet (one per group)
Complete housing application
Complete any outstanding student conduct sanctions
Pay any outstanding charges on student account
Not be registered to study abroad in the fall semester

Further, there is a restriction by class year on what apartments are available. Students in the Class of 2021 are only eligible to live in Sussman Village A or B. Sussman Village A and B apartments consist of only five-person apartments. Therefore any groups containing members of the Class of 2021 must be five-person groups.

 

GENERAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND TERMS

Selection times

Selection times are the time that a group will be permitted to select housing. Groups will not be permitted to select prior to their selection time. Additionally, groups that are not present at selection at their selection time will not be waited for and will be skipped. Groups that missed their selection time will be permitted to select as soon as they arrive at selection.

Selection times are decided by ordering all groups that submit apartment worksheets by their class average and then their best lottery number. Groups with the highest (furthest from zero) class average and the lowest (closest to zero) lottery number select first.

For more information on lottery numbers and class averages, please see the following document regarding these topics: Understanding Your Class Year and Lottery Number 18–19.

Regrouping

Regrouping is designed for students that find themselves unable to select at their initial apartment selection time (i.e. group ineligibility or invalid application). This process will permit these students to create a new group to select an apartment.

Regrouping will occur twice, once after the conclusion of selection for 4.0 groups and again after the conclusion of selection for 4.0 regroups and 3.8–3.0 groups. Students will have an application period running from the conclusion of selection for the above-mentioned groups until 4 p.m. on the day before the next selection night. Students who regroup will receive new selection times by noon on the day of selection.

Late Worksheets

Any worksheets not received by the Office of Residential Life in hand, by fax, or email by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 will be considered late. Late worksheets will be held and included as part of the regrouping process for that group's class average.

Adding and dropping group members

After the apartment worksheet deadline, groups may not add or drop group members. If a group wishes to change their group makeup after this date, they will need to submit a new worksheet for inclusion in the regrouping process.

Proxy

As the apartment selection process is an in-person process, students who are abroad, on leave or otherwise unavailable at their selection time (in class, in a meeting, in practice, working, etc.) will need to assign someone who can be at selection to choose their housing for them. This can be any other student or the Office of Residential Life.

With the group organization of apartment selection, this is simple. With apartment selection, this process can be completed in two ways:

  1. If any group members are available to attend selection, they can act as the proxy for all group members. No other proxy will need to be assigned.
  2. If no group members are available to attend selection, a group needs only to identify one proxy for selection. This person should be listed on your group's apartment worksheet. This person will then serve as the proxy for the entire group.
    • If a group needs to change their proxy after submission of your worksheet, the group should contact the Office of Residential Life.

Apartment Availability

There are a finite number of apartments on campus available to student housing. There will be no more than the following number of apartments by size:

  • three-person apartments: 26 apartments
  • four-person apartments: 160 apartments*
  • five-person apartments: 22 apartments*

*Not all apartments of these types may be open during selection. Actual number will vary.

Two-person apartments will not be available for the 2018–19 academic year.

Once all apartments of any given type are selected, the applications of all groups of those sizes will become invalid.

For more information on our apartments, please see the following documents:

Northwoods Village Apartment Facts
Sussman Village Apartment Facts

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

What's my likelihood of getting an apartment?

Unfortunately this is not a question to which we can give a definitive answer. Many factors play into whether or not a student will get an apartment (group size, group class average, member eligibility, apartment availability, what other groups select, etc.). As a result, it is very difficult to tell any group whether or not they will get what they are looking for.

Our recommendation to students for whom getting an apartment is the top priority is to look at numbers of apartments available and consider their group makeup to give them the best odds of getting a space.

As a bit of reference: During selection for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years, apartment sizes became unavailable at the numbers listed below. Please know that this is meant only to help you gauge your group size choice. There is no guarantee that apartment sizes will not become unavailable before or after the numbers they did in past  years.

2016–17 selection process

Apartment Size  Class Average Group Lottery Number
Selection Night
three-person 3.66 11 Night 2: 3.8–3.0 groups
four-person 3.0 879 Night 3: 3.8–3.0 groups
five-person 3.0 987 Night 4: 4.0–3.0 regroup

2017–18 selection process

Apartment Size 
Class Average
Group Lottery Number
Selection Night
three-person 3.0 927 Night 4: 3.8–3.0 groups
four-person 3.0 855 Night 3: 3.8–3.0 groups
5 Person 3.0 940 Night 4: 4.0–3.0 regroup


I am abroad or on leave. How do I select?

If you are abroad or on leave, you will need to have a proxy select for you. See the section above on proxies for more information.

I have class at my selection time. What should I do?

If you have class at your selection time, you should go to class. Assign a proxy to choose your apartment for you. See the section above on Proxies for more information.

I am planning on studying abroad in the fall but I have not yet been approved. Can I pick?

If you have submitted an application to study abroad in fall 2018, you may not participate in apartment selection. If your plans to study abroad do not work out and you still wish to live in the apartments, you will need to select a room in the residence halls as part of the residence hall room selection process and then apply for a room change to the apartments.

I am not sure if I want to live on campus or off campus. Can I still move off campus if I pick an apartment?

No. Once you select an on-campus space, apartment or residence hall, you are expected to live on campus for the entire 2018–19 academic year or until such time you fall below full-time status (12 credits), take a leave, go abroad, withdraw or graduate.

One of my group members is not eligible to select. What do we do?

If at selection you find one of your group members is not eligible to select, you will not be able to select that evening. You will need to either form a new group or make sure your group member who was not eligible clears up the issue and reapplies for the regroup process.