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Upperclassmen Housing

notheyreponiesnotheyreponies Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
edited September 2010 in Penn State
I'm currently a freshman at Penn State, and I know it's a little early, but I'm already stressing out about living on campus next year.

What would you say the likelihood of getting a dorm as a sophomore? I'm interested in South Halls, if that makes any difference.

I'm currently a commuter who really wanted to get the dorm experience, but didn't. I was living in the dorms for LEAP '10, though, and I absolutely loved it. Since I'm a commuter, getting an apartment is out of the question. I might as well just continue to live at home.

I know there's a sort of lottery that upperclassmen have to go through to get a dorm, but I'm unsure of the actual chances. How likely would you say it is to get a room? Preferably not supplemental, but I guess if it happens, it happens.
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  • notheyreponiesnotheyreponies Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Sorry for the double post, but it doesn't seem like I can edit.

    It sounds like there are separate lotteries for each dorm (South, Pollock, etc.). Are there any dorms that are easier to get into than others? I heard that West is pretty hard to get into. What about North? How does South compare to the rest?
  • cwryan1cwryan1 Registered User Posts: 688 Member
    I don't believe there is a lottery for the general housing for upperclassmen. When housing receives all the upperclassmen contract requests they try to fill as many as they can, matching area/roommate priorities. I believe for the past two years, Housing has been able to provide a housing contract to every upperclassmen who requested one (Some get placed in supplemental).

    Lotteries are more for the larger suite style rooms in some of the general dorms and for single rooms. I think Eastview terrace is also a lottery.
  • notheyreponiesnotheyreponies Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    As much as I wish that was true, it isn't. D: Penn State has said again and again that only freshmen are secured housing. There just doesn't seem to be enough space to house everybody.

    Housing: Undergraduates: Eligibility

    Another quick question: Could I request both a suite and a normal dorm as a back-up plan? Like, just in case I don't get the room, I have a suite to fall back on (and vice versa).
  • cwryan1cwryan1 Registered User Posts: 688 Member
    you need to read my post again as I never said that Penn State guarantees upperclassmen housing. It just so happens that as of recent years, they have been able to meet demand to house upperclassmen as many students move to live off campus.
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Registered User Posts: 4,706 Senior Member
    It's pretty easy. First year I lived in a double in South halls. Second, third and now fourth year I'm living in a single in South halls.
  • notheyreponiesnotheyreponies Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Ohhh, I understand now! That's good to hear. Now I guess the only thing I need to stress out about is if I get a bad roommate or not. :P
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