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Sophomore picking dorms.

NadashNadash Registered User Posts: 615 Member
edited January 2010 in Amherst College
Any advice? I was thinking of Morrow, but I'm not that sure how hard it is to get in.
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Replies to: Sophomore picking dorms.

  • Brick2012Brick2012 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Rising sophomore or current sophomore? For rising sophomores, Morrow is really hard to get into. My group was pretty high on room draw and there were only a handful of doubles left in Morrow by our turn (no singles, of course). For a current sophomore it's feasible, but you'll most likely still get a double.
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Many of the fellow sophomores I know who live in Morrow gave up on the process, opting out completely.

    They were fortunate to pick up what rooms were left.

    You might opt out and end up stuck in Valentine--which would be quite the tragedy.

    Morrow is great if you prefer a quiet, less hectic place to live. If you're highly extroverted and enjoy the noise, Morris Pratt is your best bet.
  • miss_murd3rmiss_murd3r Registered User Posts: 804 Member
    How does the "Dorming" process work at the 'herst?
    You just rank dorm buildings from which you would want first to least and it's a lottery?
  • CatfishCatfish Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    You form a group of 1-8 people. Each group gets a priority based on the class years of its members, with rising seniors getting the highest priority and rising sophomores the lowest. If multiple groups have the same priority (which is almost every time because most groups are made up of one class exclusively), the tie is broken randomly. Following these rules, a computer spits out an ordered list of every group. Groups go in order and pick the specific rooms that they want to live in (Your entire group doesn't have to live together, but if you want to be sure of living with your friends, its best to be in the same group so you pick simultaneously).

    If you don't like any of the rooms available at your spot, you can "opt out". You fill out a form ranking your top dorm choices, and res life assigns you to a room. They hold a few rooms in each dorm out of the room draw process for this purpose. The upside is that you might get a room in a nicer dorm that had otherwise filled up. The downside is you don't have final say over where you live, so you might get stuck in a place you don't really like, particularly if you are a rising sophomore and at the bottom of the totem pole.
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    The process Catfish describes applies to sophomores-to-be and upperclassmen.

    First years are assigned to dorms based on a housing preference survey, in which one is asked about sleeping/studying habits, interests and whatnot. First years don't have a say in where they'll end up living, besides those who declare substance free on their form, but there are no "bad" first year dorms.
  • NadashNadash Registered User Posts: 615 Member
    Thanks guys! Yup, I will be a rising sophomore. Any other place quiet other than Morrow then? Close to val, and not theme housing?
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Moore is a quiet dorm--depending on which floor one lives--right next to Val.
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