Residence Hall Room Selection for 2018–19
The residence hall room selection process allows students to select housing within one of our nine on-campus residence halls.
This process requires that you take a number of factors into consideration in order to have a successful process. Please refer to the information provided to you from the Office of Residential Life, including this page, information found on the room selection page of the Office of Residential Life website, and emails from the Office of Residential Life for information on this process.
The residence hall room selection process will take place online via the Skidmore College Housing Management System between Monday, April 23 and Friday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
Every student eligible for residence hall room selection will receive a selection time for this process. A student's selection time will designate the earliest time that they will be able to access the system to select. Students will be able to access the system to select any time after their selection time.
The selection start times for the 2017–18 selection process will fall into the follow clusters:
- Monday, April 23: Classes of 2019 and 2020
- Tuesday, April 24–Friday, April 27: Class of 2021
STEPS TO THE PROCESS
The residence hall room selection process contains the following steps:
- Complete the 2018–19 on-campus housing application.
- All students participating in residence hall room selection must complete the 2018–19 housing application. Students will not be able to select a room until this is completed.
- This application is currently available and can be found on the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website.
- The following guide can walk you through the process if necessary: Housing Application Guide 18–19.
- Residence hall room selection
- All eligible students will receive a selection time from the Office of Residential Life prior to selection. Students will need to access the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website at or after their selection time to select a room.
- Students are encouraged to select a room as close to their start time as possible. The process will continue regardless of whether or not they have selected. Delaying selection will only limit housing options.
- The following guide has been provided to assist you with navigating this part of the process: Residence Hall Room Selection Guide.
To be eligible for selection, students must complete the following requirements:
- Complete housing application
- Complete any outstanding student conduct sanctions
- Pay any outstanding charges on student account
- Not have an open application or be registered to study abroad in the fall semester
- Not have already been pre-housed (RAs, PHEs, accommodations) or have otherwise selected housing
GENERAL BUILDING INFORMATION
Building floor plans
We have provided floor plans of all residence halls to assist you in your selection. Click on the building below to see the floor plans for that building.
- Jonsson Tower
- Kimball Hall
- McClellan Hall
- Penfield Hall
- Wait Hall
- Wiecking Hall
- Wilmarth Hall
As part of the residence hall room selection process, there are two basic room types available: singles and doubles. Triple rooms are not available as part of the residence hall room selection process.
Within each of the two available types, students will find two sub-types in the housing system.
- D, Double: Standard double room. All are the same shape and size as other doubles in their building. Located in all residence halls
- NSD, Non-standard double: These are double room that are either different sizes or shapes from other doubles in their building. These rooms are found in Howe-Rounds, Jonsson Tower and Wait Hall.
- S, Single: Standard single room.
- ES, Elevator Single: Elevator singles differ from other singles by being larger than most. There 12 of these rooms. All are located in Jonsson Tower.
There a number of special-interest housing options in the residence halls. For the 2018–19 academic year, these include:
- Substance-free quiet
- Quiet floor
- Women's floor
- Honors Forum
- Multicultural community
- Global community
For more information on these types, please refer to the special-interest housing selection page of this website.
Residence hall room selection is a fully online process. As a result, as long as a student has access to the internet, they should be able to complete this process themselves regardless of their physical location. If during your selection time you are:
- In class
- In practice
- Away from an internet connection
- Have another appointment
... you should assign a proxy.
The proxy process for residence hall room selection is fully online. Two documents have been provided below to help you with this process:
Missing class to participate in housing selection is not an excusable absence. Instead, assign a proxy!
What options do I have?
Know that some of these options are more likely than others. The housing system is determined by two factors: class and lottery number, with class being of greatest importance (See Understanding Your Class Year and Lottery Number for 2018–19 for more information). Students of higher class standing and with better lottery numbers will select housing first, meaning that the availability of options will become more limited as the process progresses.
To help you understand this, we have ordered the options available to you below, starting with what is most likely so that you know what you should be considering first for housing.
- Single are available to all classes. Some will get them, but not everyone.
- Elevator singles are available but will close out quickly, as there are very few of these on campus (12 total).
- If you have selected a prospective roommate, be sure to have talked to your double roommate about this option, so they will be able to make other housing plans if you choose a single.
- If you are a member of the class of 2021, talk to your friends and make plans to live in a double room. Singles fill up quickly and could become unavailable early on in some buildings. Have a double option ready in case singles become unavailable in your choice building or altogether by your selection time. At room selection, you will not be able to select a double on your own without designating a prospective roommate first, so be sure to do so prior to selection.
- If your priority is to keep your friend group together, members of your group may want to consider selecting a double with a friend with a poor lottery number to ensure they do not get bumped and need to live elsewhere.
Every student returning to Skidmore in the fall is guaranteed housing. All students will at least be provided a space in a double room.
Words to live by:
- Approach room selection with several possibilities.
- Rising seniors (2019) will pick first, then rising juniors (2020). Rising sophomores (2021) will have last pick.
I heard South Quad was only for first-years or juniors, and seniors are not permitted in the residence halls. Is this correct?
No. These are merely rumors. There is no truth to these statements.
If you have questions about this process, we recommend you refer primarily to information on this website and emails from our office. If you find you questions not answered in those places, please contact the Office of Residential Life directly.
What if I want to live in a double, but do not have a roommate?
To find a roommate, you may consider talking to friends, classmates or advertising on Facebook. There is a roommate finder option on the Skidmore College Housing Management System. This may be able to assist you with finding a roommate.
A guide to the roommate finder is also available at the following link: Roommate Finder Guide.
Overall, remember that you will not be able to pick a double without a roommate.
My lottery number is practically last! How did this happen?
Lottery numbers are randomly assigned via our housing software program. More information on this can be found on the Office of Residential Life's room selection webpage under "Understanding Your Class Year and Lottery Number."
What if I miss my selection time?
You should login to the Housing Management System website and select as soon as you realize you missed your time. Once your access time passes, you will have access to the system anytime during its access hours (8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. daily). If access to the residence hall room selection portion of this website has already shut off for the day, be sure to log in as soon as it starts again the next day.
However, know that the process will not stop if you do not select at your assigned time, meaning people with lower lottery numbers may be able to select before you do if you miss your time.
If you do not believe you will be able to access the system during your assigned time, please designate a proxy to select for you.
Can I live in a double room with a student of a different class year?
Yes. You would select at the time of the upper-class person's drawing time and lottery number.
I lived in a single this year. Does this guarantee I'll live in a single next year?
No. Whether or not you live in a single next year depends on what is available at the time you are scheduled to select. If there is a single room, great! If not, please have a roommate who is interested in living with you. Sophomores live in single and double rooms.
My friends and I are interested in living in a triple together.
No. Triples are open only to incoming first-year students.