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Room Assignment Process for Incoming Students
All aspects of housing assignments for fall semester incoming students
are based on the date the online Housing Preference Form is completed.
(Please read the section below, "Jan Term/Spring Semester Housing," if you are planning to start living on campus for Jan Term or spring semester.) A Housing Preference Form can only be accessed and completed after a student
has been admitted into Whitworth University and has submitted his/her enrollment deposit. For more information about the enrollment deposit, please click here.
The residence hall in which you are placed will be determined by the
date your Housing Preference Form is submitted. Acceptance into Whitworth
University does not guarantee you a traditional residence hall room arrangement.
For example, if there are only 30 available spaces for incoming students in the building
of your choice, you must be one of the first 30 students to request this building on the Housing Preference Form in order to be housed there.
You will be sent your room assignment and roommate information after
Occasionally we have more requests for housing than we have rooms, causing an overflow situation. The Whitworth Housing Office will notify you
if this situation occurs.
The overflow rooms are chosen based on the completion date of the Housing
Preference Form. The residents who complete the form last in buildings
best able to accommodate overflow may be assigned an extra roommate, if additional
space is needed.
Students living in overflow spaces are given permanent assignments as
they become available, beginning with the student with the earliest confirmation
date. Students living in overflow spaces are also given a housing credit
based on the length of time they have lived in an overflow-housing assignment.
Students who first enroll at Whitworth for fall term will be sent roommate
letters after August 1. Overflow letters will be sent after
Students who first enroll at Whitworth for Jan Term will be called
at home and/or e-mailed the week before Christmas with room and roommate
Students who first enroll at Whitworth for spring semester will be called
at home and or e-mailed after Jan. 15 regarding spring term room assignment.
- The roommate-matching process is based on the completed
date of a student's online Housing Preference Form. Housing Preference Forms
are sorted according to the requests for each residence hall and the
date the forms were completed.
- Access to the Housing Preference Form is granted only after a student confirms with the university. The username and password for the form will be sent after the student confirms.
- All roommate matches are done by hand using the information provided
in the Housing Preference Form. It is important that a student's Housing
Preference Form honestly reflects his or her lifestyle.
- The Whitworth Housing Office recommends that incoming students contact their roommates after
receiving their roommate assignment letter to discuss what
to bring and to begin the process of getting to know
- The roommate assignment letter is emailed to students after August
- All roommates experience some conflict. Conflict can be healthy and,
if dealt with openly, can be a learning experience. Your resident
assistant and resident director have both been trained in conflict mediation
and are there as a resource to help you work through
- If you request a room change, you and your roommate will be asked to go through
a mediation process. Not all room-change requests are granted.
- The housing office staff understands that conflict can be difficult,
but we have found most college students are able to learn how to mediate
and manage conflict and live with differences. Parents are encouraged
to allow their students to learn how to work through conflict with their
- The housing office will encourage parents to allow their students
to work through conflict with the resources available on campus, i.e.
resident assistants and resident directors.
Jan Term/Spring Semester Housing
Students who wish to move on campus for Jan Term or spring semester undergo a separate process for residence hall and roommate assignment. Incoming students need to contact the Whitworth Housing Office if they are interested in moving on to campus. Please understand that while the housing office staff would like to place all new students in their preferred buildings, space around campus is very limited. On-campus availability happens only when current fall semester students choose to study abroad, transfer, graduate, etc., during Jan Term or spring semester. Because of this, mid-December is the earliest time at which the housing office can determine where spaces are available for Jan Term and/or spring semester.
Incoming students will be notified of their housing placement in late December. Please check the Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates calendar to determine the day and time at which students are allowed to move in to the residence halls.
The Whitworth Housing Office strongly encourages you to call 509.777.3250 when you are accepted into Whitworth for either Jan Term or spring semester to make sure that you are on housing's list of interested incoming on-campus students.