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Dormitory Moves Stay Constant

By Jennifer Krishnan


The number of students requesting a transfer from one dormitory to another for the fall term did not change much this year compared with last year despite the recent overhaul of MIT’s residence system.

Of the 147 dormitory residents who requested transfers, 126 will be moving, said Denise A. Vallay, assistant director of undergraduate housing. She said that the 21 students who did not receive transfers in the recent lottery all listed Baker House or Bexley Hall as their first choice.

These numbers are “pretty comparable” to last year’s, Vallay said. Last April, 333 students received transfers, but this figure includes the 236 who transferred into Simmons Hall, which opened for the first time in fall 2002. These numbers do not include transfer requests made after the deadline.

Many ask to leave Next House

For most dormitories, fewer than 20 residents requested transfers. The exception was Next House, with 53 residents requesting transfers to another dormitory.

No one asked to be moved out of Random Hall, and one person requested a transfer from each of Bexley and Senior House.

“You can’t make assumptions about a particular hall” based on these numbers, Vallay said. She said she suspected that “groups of friends [might have] applied to move together.”

Sandie S. Yang ’06 said it was “partially the distance” that caused her to want to leave Next House. In addition, “I’d like to see more of the campus and don’t want to be limited to staying in one dorm all four years.”

“The people [at Next House] are nice,” said Amanda R. Frye ’06, but she wanted to move to East Campus for the “sense of community.”

David M. Legault ’06 is moving from Baker to Simmons Hall to live closer to a friend. “At first I didn’t really like it because it was unattractive, but now it’s kind of growing on me.”

Christopher P. Possinger ’05, president of ILTFP, said he wasn’t surprised that transfer requests were not up.

“It’s my personal feeling that just about anyone who comes here could live in just about any dorm,” he said. What dormitory rush provides is “finding the place that fits you the best.”

Possinger said personal interviews and “more qualitative questions” would be better than quantitative measures, like the number of transfer requests, for assessing rush.

Legault said he believed no dormitory rush would have helped him make a better decision about where to live because he built friendships after rush ended.