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General Housing Selection
Residence Life and Housing

General Selection

General Selection is a two-day in-person process based on Housing Points and Lottery Numbers. All current residents who do not receive a pre-selection housing assignment and are planning to return for the fall semester are automatically entered into the general housing selection process. Students who are abroad during General Selection will be emailed in early March to select a proxy to assist them in the selection process.

We encourage all students to review the following information prior to ensure they are prepared for General Selection.

General Selection Admissions Tickets, Housing Points & Lottery Numbers Distributed

General Selection Admissions Tickets will be distributed to students’ campus mailboxes on Friday, March 29, 2019. Admissions tickets identify a student's Housing Points & Lottery Number.

Housing Points

  • Students are awarded one point for each semester (fall or spring only) they have been a full-time student at Moravian College or another institution regardless of housing status.
  • Points will not be given for any semester where less than a full-time course load was completed.
  • Points will not be given after the sixth term as a full time student. 
  • There is no scenario in which anyone can earn additional/bonus housing points.
  • Students can combine housing points with other students to form groups or can go through the process as an individual.

Lottery Numbers are randomly assigned numbers used to determine the order of selection based on groups/individuals with the same number of housing points.

Students who are abroad during General Selection will be emailed in early March to select a proxy to assist them in the selection process, if they plan to participate in General Selection. Selected proxies will be issued the student’s General Selection Admission Ticket, and will be responsible for selecting that student’s housing assignment. The College encourages proxies to communicate with the abroad student and come prepared to choose one of several potential rooms.

If a student is issued an Admission Ticket that they believe has the wrong number of housing points, they should stop by the HUB Desk to complete an appeal on or before Wednesday, April 10 to allow time to review your appeal and print a new ticket (if applicable).

Sign the Residence Hall Room Contract

Students planning to participate in General Selection must electronically signed the Residence Hall Room Contract before Monday, April 15. In late March the contract will be accessible via AMOS when the student logs in.

Review Housing Inventory

Students will receive an email with a link to the inventory of available spaces for General Selection on Monday, April 1. The inventory will be updated in real time during General Selection.

Check out upperclass housing options. Consider visiting the unit(s) you want to select before General Selection, if possible. A limited number of housing units will be reserved for individual students to select a single-occupancy room.

Attend an Information Session

General Selection Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 2 & Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm in the Snyder Room.


Consider the following prior to General Selection:

  • Who do you want to live with?
  • Where do you want to live? What are some alternate options?
  • What are you/your group’s combined points?
  • Of those in your group, who has the most points?
  • Of those in your group with the most housing points, who has the lowest lottery number?
  • If not everyone can attend General Selection, who will represent your group?
  • If selecting a suite, who will live in each room?

Review the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Selection Times

Tuesday, April 16: Groups with 16 to 60 points

  • 6:00pm – All groups with 30 to 60 pts
  • 7:00pm – All groups with 24 to 29 pts
  • 8:30pm – All groups with 16 to 23 pts

Wednesday, April 17: Groups with 0 to 15 points

  • 6:00pm – All groups/individuals with 10 to 15 pts
  • 7:00pm – All groups/individuals with 5 to 9 pts
  • 8:00pm – All groups/individuals with 0 to 4 pts

Selection Instructions

Students should report to General Selection in Prosser Auditorium with a photo ID and their Admission Ticket at the start of the scheduled time their combined number of housing points are being served.

A real-time running list of the available housing inventory will be projected. A member of the Housing & Event Management staff will facilitate the order of selection. Groups with higher housing points and lower lottery numbers will select before groups with the same/fewer housing points and higher lottery numbers.

When a group/individual is called for selection, students will report to the front of Prosser Auditorium and will then be escorted to the selection room. Groups/individuals will have one minute to select their housing option. Groups/individuals must be able to completely fill a space to select it (i.e. 4 students cannot sign up for a 5-person Hillside unit, a student cannot sign up for a 2-person room, etc).

Housing inventory is based on availability at the time of selection. Students should come prepared with a list of options, as some may be chosen before it is their turn. If they are not present when their number is called, the selection process will continue.

The College anticipates that a number of students may not select their preferred housing option or will not be able to select a room during General Selection. If students find themselves in this position, they will have the opportunity to add their name(s) to the Housing Waitlist.  Students who do not select a room will be assigned as No Room Assignment (NRA) and will be added to the Housing Waitlist until the College is able to offer them an assignment. The College guaranties that all residential students will be offered and assigned to a room assignment by early August, if not sooner.

Housing Waitlist

Students on the Housing Waitlist will be contacted throughout the remainder of the spring semester and during the summer as space becomes available [based on their preferences]. The College guaranties that all residential students will be offered and assigned to a room assignment by early August, if not sooner.

Meal Plan Selection

Following General Selection, students will be emailed with a link to select their meal plan for the upcoming academic year. Selection should be made by Friday, May 31 to guarantee accurate billing.