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Room Draw schedule altered in response to COVID-19 disruptions

<h6>A dorm room in Wilson College: Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
A dorm room in Wilson College: Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

Room draw has been pushed back two weeks, according to a new schedule announced on Wednesday. 

According to the Housing Office’s Undergraduate Student Housing web page, the revised schedule was created with “student support in mind.”


The original schedule had the final deadline for room draw applications set for March 11. Draw times, a list of available rooms, and draw statistics were initially intended to be released on Wednesday, March 18. Room draw was originally planned to be held between March 23 and May 1.

Room draw times, lists, and statistics will now be available to students on the MyHousing portal on Wednesday, March 25, according to the Housing Room Draw tab on the University’s COVID-19 Undergraduate FAQs page.

Room draw will now take place starting on Monday, April 6.

“The Housing Office does not expect any issues to arise as a result of revising the timeline for room draw,” Deputy University Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss wrote in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. “Our hope is that the revised room draw schedule will benefit students as they go through what we all know is a challenging time.”

Under the revised schedule, students who missed the original March 11 deadline for submitting applications have until today at 5 p.m. to contact the Undergraduate Student Housing Office. These students will be placed in a single draw that meets their needs.

Students may email to request placement in a draw. Students in the Classes of 2021 and 2022 who missed the original deadline will not be eligible to draw in residential colleges or in independent draws.


No changes may be made to already submitted applications. 

According to Undergraduate Student Government (USG) member Sarah Lee ’22, who runs the USG Committee on Student Housing, USG is moving forward with conducting statistical analyses on room draw to ensure randomization, following the release of room draw times and lists on March 25.

“We'll conduct the analyses in the days after and USG will send out an email to all undergraduates with the results of our analyses before students select rooms,” Lee wrote in an email to The Daily Princetonian.  

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