Special to The Tartan: Room selection eligibility and deadlines

It’s that time of year again … room selection! Whether you think you are certain of what you want or are totally clueless, it is important to know your options.

First and foremost, it's important to check that you are eligible for room selection. Generally, only first-year, sophomore, and junior residents who currently reside in campus housing may participate in room selection.

If you're eligible, you should be aware that there are four phases of room selection. Two selection phases have passed, but two phases are still coming up.

The first phase is retention. Retention is a process through which residents in retainable rooms can opt to select that same room again for the next academic year. Who is eligible for this phase? Most sophomore and junior students who are not in special interest housing, a first-year area, or an RA/CA room are eligible to retain.

The second phase is pull-ins. Pull-ins is a process that involves at least two residents — a person who retained his or her room, and the person who wants to live with him or her. Who is eligible? A pull-in can be anyone who is eligible to participate in room selection who has not already selected an assignment for the 2014–2015 academic year.

The third phase is block housing. Block housing is a process that allows groups of friends or residents — 6 to 12 students — of a living community to select a "block" of apartments or rooms near each other in a variety of locations. Who is eligible? Any resident eligible for Room Selection who has not yet selected a housing assignment for the 2014–2015 academic year may participate.

The fourth and final phase is general room selection. This is the process where all remaining eligible residents who haven't yet selected a room choose from the remaining available spaces. Who is eligible? Anyone who is a student who has not yet selected a housing assignment may participate.

It is important to understand that you pick just one phase of room selection. Once a phase is complete, you are finished. It is as simple as that. Get started today by going to www.cmu.edu/housing!

If you have any questions at all, Housing Services invites you to ask by emailing rmassign@andrew.cmu.edu or visiting the Housing Office at Morewood Gardens.

Important Upcoming Deadlines:

Block Housing
March 26 and 27
Group representatives will be notified of their specific selection date and time and location for their group.

General Room Selection
March 28, 2014 at 12 p.m. — Deadline to apply for General Room Selection

March 31 and April 1, 2, and 3, 2014 — General room selection online; specific times to be announced