It seems like a lot of first years are in the Gooch/Dillard suites. I heard a figure around 20%. It's unfair because those students are definitely losing the social benefits of staying in place like Alderman, but life isn't fair. Hopefully the RAs do something to encourage interaction among suites.
My daughter was also assigned to Gooch and was also disappointed. I have heard this from other students too, and I am not really sure why. I have talked to a couple of people on this board, and they have had positive experiences with Gooch. It seems to have a lot of advantages--privacy when you want it, air conditioning. My son was in an old Alderman dorm with no air conditioning last year. I would have preferred the AC! He told my daughter that the ONLY disadvantage to being in Gooch is the location. But, since she is a runner and biker, that really shouldn't have a big impact on her. And not every dorm can be centrally located-there isn't space. I am sure it will be fine once they move in and meet their suite and dorm members!
McCormick dorms (Old Dorms) tend to be more social. Alderman dorms can be quite a bit more disconnected since there isn't a quad or anything.
I know some people who lived in Gooch/Dillard and it seems to be a love/hate relationship. At times they seemed to resent it, but I don't think they would have traded their experience. If you get really close with your suitemates it can be a lot of fun. Don't let where your dorm is color your experience--your First-Year will be awesome regardless of where you live.
McCormick dorms (Old Dorms) tend to be more social. Alderman dorms can be quite a bit more disconnected since there isn't a quad or anything. I know some people who lived in Gooch/Dillard and it seems to be a love/hate relationship.
The problem with this assessment is that your experience is simply with one class year...yours. It's natural that you would think this is the way it always is, each and every year. That's not necessarily the case.
First year dorms are assigned randomly so the 'personality/vibe' of each area can morph from year to year. You never know where the more social crowd, etc, is going to be, or even if a higher concentration of social kids are going to end up in one area by fluke. I'm not knocking 10iswarriors perceptions. They may have been very valid for the class of 2015, however no one knows what the vibe will be at each dorm/area for the class of 2016 since it's random. Don't get hung up on what you've heard from previous years. It's a new class every year!
What I can tell you is that I have had friends with students who have had first year experiences in old dorms, new dorms, and Gooch/Dillard. All felt that their area was 'the best' for various reasons (be it location, privacy, a/c, friends, etc.), and none could imagine their first year experience in any of the other locations. There is a lot to embrace about each.
Well said, blueiguana! With all the construction that's taking place, the dorm "personalities" are in a constant state of flux. Our D didn't think she'd like her dorm placement, but she wound up really liking the location and the girls. She embraced the placement and had a good experience.
VA3399 -- I hope things work out well for your daughter. If she goes in with the attitude that she is going to make the best of it, she should be fine.
For anyone reading this thread in the future, at least while the new "new dorm" construction continues, it appears that the only way to ensure one seeking a double room gets one, is to sign up with a roommate. VA3399's experience has come up a couple of times over the past couple years, and each time the student involved went pot luck for a roommate. Certainly not all who do that end up in a single, but I have not heard of someone identifying a roommate choice in advance ending up with single. One does not need to room with a student they know from home. Many find roommates through the Facebook page or through other means.
And the other 80-99% of the university who doesn't identify a roommate also ends up with a double. It is completely random and choosing some random person off of facebook is not necessarily a better year than having a triple or single.
Agree on picking a roommate. D was admitted off waitlist so didnt have that option. Also, she asked for "double" as her first choice and "triple" as a second choice. still trying to find out why she didnt get a triple at least.
My student connected with an old friend (from preschool!) via the Facebook page three years ago, so going that route doesn't necessarily result in a random match. I threw that piece of info out there for someone who wants to insure at least a double room.
Gooch/Dillard seems a pretty good arrangement to me and really not a lot more distant than one of the remaining "old" Alderman dorms, such as Courtney or Dunglison.
students are all randomly assigned a number. (like a lottery). Then the housing computer program starts with #1 and goes all the way to #3000 and sees what is available and what their preferences are. Your daughter must have had a larger number, and no triples were available at that time. The exceptions to this rule are echols scholars and residential college students, who are matched before the lottery. I did think they matched triples last, though, so that is a little weird.