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Entire Class of ’10 Placed in Top Three Dorm Choices

The Housing Lottery placed everyone in the Class of 2010 in their top three dormitory choices. 70 percent received their first choice, 23 percent received their second, and 7 percent received their third. These numbers are comparable to last year’s, with 70 percent, 26 percent, and 4 percent of the Class of 2009 receiving their first, second, and third choice dormitories, respectively.

The Housing Office partners with Information Services & Technology on an algorithm that achieves the “highest rate of satisfaction” for freshmen, Robin Smedick, assistant director of undergraduate housing said. The goal is to place students in their top three choices, which has been done for the past two years.

Baker was the most popular choice, with 293 students selecting it as their first choice dorm. MacGregor House with 155 students, Burton-Conner with 130, and Simmons Hall with 113 followed for first-choice requests. MacGregor saw more requests this year than in previous years, Smedick said, as all of the slots in the dorm were filled with those who requested it as their first choice. Last year, only 57 percent of available spaces were filled with students requesting MacGregor first.

According to Smedick, the survey given to students after the lottery indicated that “size or style of room” was the most common contributing factor for those who chose MacGregor. It is likely that MacGregor was chosen because it is the most likely place to receive a single room, Smedick said.

The Adjustment Lottery opened Thursday, Aug. 24 at noon and will close on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

—Angeline Wang