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Priority Numbers

Students receive a random, computer-generated priority number. Your specific number appeared on the label on the back of a postcard mailed to your Hinman Box in early March.  You can also look up your priority number on BannerStudent. For students enrolled for the fall term who are participating in Room Draw, this number determines the order in which they will select rooms. These priority numbers will also determine the order in which housing assignments are made for summer term '10, winter term '11 and spring term '11. 

Active olders and rising seniors have the best numbers (801-2300) and rising seniors will be participating in the Room Draw first, followed by rising juniors (2301-3500), and then rising sophomores (3501-4700). Which night you attend is determined by your class year and priority number.  Once at room draw, students line up in priority number order and select their rooms for the fall.

Rooms are selected based on one priority number. The person with the best number may pull-in roommates to fill beds in the room chosen. For example, two rising sophomores who want to be roommates have numbers 3510 and 4280. During Room Draw the student with number 3510 will use his/her better number to draw in his/her intended roommate who has number 4280. Together they will select their room when number 3510 is called.

PRIORITY NUMBERS ARE NONTRANSFERABLE – you cannot give your number to a friend if you don’t plan to use yours for the fall. 

Manipulation of the priority number system does not hurt the Housing Office but instead cheats your fellow students and is considered a serious infraction. Examples of priority number manipulation include, but are not limited to:

  • One student with a "good" number picks a room with a friend and then cancels their housing so the friend can pull someone else with a "bad" number into the room.
  • Two students with "bad" numbers want to be roommates so they find two students with "good" numbers who want to live together to instead room with them - the intention being that once fall term begins they will try to do a room swap.

Students who are determined to have manipulated the priority number system face penalties including removal from housing and/or other disciplinary action.


Last Updated: 3/5/10