McFadden just came online as an Honors hall a couple of years ago, so it doesn't have an all-Honors (or even all-freshman) tradition. In fact, even though Lechner has been an Honors hall for close to 25 years, what it means to be an Honors Student has changed this year with our application...at one point being Honors eligible as an incoming freshman wasn't enough to be assigned to Lechner...you also had to be the recipient of a four-year scholarship.
In very basic terms, there we had about 400 beds for freshmen in McFadden|Lechner this year. We received 1850+ applications for those spots, gave offers to 400+ and had another 350 or so on a wait list. In order to be placed in the Honors Housing Community, a student not only had to have applied to Honors, but also had to apply for housing before it closed (at a record-early date this year). The "melt" from our accept and wait list was much greater than we anticipated and there are about 75 spots in McFadden|Lechner that we didn't have someone to fill, so these were filled according to Residence Life's priority process (they have the ultimate authority in filling the spots). I do believe that they gave preference to scholarship students for those spots.
A couple of issues affected this process this year that we are seeking to address this year:
1) First Time Around: This was our first time to have an application process for incoming freshmen, so we had no historical data for predicting the melt. Obviously, 200% was not enough, so we'll address that this year by making a deeper wait list and doing a better job of communicating to those on the wait list that they will not hear anything until after the national commitment deadline of May 1.
2) Timing: Our notification process was unexpectedly delayed by about a month due to outside influences, which made the timeline for housing application more compressed. We are addressing this by making some early notification and by requiring that students apply for on-campus housing to have a complete Honors application. This will address those students who we would have liked to have brought in but did not secure on-campus housing.
Hope this helps!
Honors and Undergraduate Research
Last edited by JKotinek; 08-03-2012 at 01:45 PM.
Reason: Fixed a typo.