Residence Life

Room Selection

Room selection, an annual process, allows returning residents to select their rooms and choose roommates for the following academic year. Room selection for the 2016-2017 academic year will begin on March 23. The process is online.

Information below provides an overview of the room selection process. If you have additional questions, please contact your Residence Director or Stacy Oliver-Sikorski, Associate Director of Residence Life.

Room Availability

The following room types are no longer available:

  • Stairwell singles
  • Roberts singles
  • Harlan singles
  • Blackstone singles
  • entirely vacant Moore Hall super doubles
  • Deerpath singles 
  • Nollen singles
  • Super doubles in Roberts and McClure
  • entirely vacant Moore Hall super suites
  • entirely vacant Deerpath suites

Last Update: Wednesday, March 30 @ 9:42 pm.

Returning Student Application-Contract

Students who wish to participate in the room selection process for 2016-2017 must complete the online housing application-contract. The form is available in the housing module. After logging in using College computing credentials, click “Go to ApplyOnline.” Choose the Returning Student Housing Application from the drop-down menu and proceed.

To participate in the online selection process, applications must be completed by March 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. CST.

Room Types and Theme Housing

Returning students will have the option of selecting double, triple, and quad rooms in the following buildings:

  • Deerpath
  • McClure
  • Moore 
  • Roberts

Returning students will also be able to select from singles available in all of our residence halls.

In addition to our regular room types of singles, doubles, triples, and quads, we will have a limited number of super doubles. These are doubles housed in a former quad room in Roberts or McClure.

Hall Rights

Hall rights is a process that allows returning students to choose a room in their current building before the full room selection process begins. To be eligible for hall rights, students must have self-selected their room during the previous year’s room selection process and remained in that same room for both semesters. First year students, students who were abroad or off-campus in the fall, and students who have participated in the room change process are not eligible.

Students who are eligible to participate in hall rights will receive email notification on March 16, 2016.

Selection and Residency Requirement

Selection times are determined by credit hours with ties broken by cumulative grade point average. For example, all students with 12 credit hours are put into a group and then sorted by cumulative GPA, highest to lowest. Credit hours are based on the number of hours successfully completed. Credit hours in progress are not considered; however, credit hours that are transferred in do count toward the total. 

In 2014, the College implemented a three-year residency requirement. All first, second, and third year students are required to live on campus unless they meet the stated exemption requirements:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 road miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Active members of the armed forces; or
  • Have completed 24 credits or more (not including AP or IB credits).

The residency requirement applies to current first and second year students, including those currently living off campus.

If you wish to apply for exemption from the residency requirement, please contact Stacy Oliver-Sikorski for details of the appeal process. The priority deadline for exemption appeals is Friday, March 4, 2016.

Living Learning Communities

Students who are interested in the opportunity to participate in Cleveland Young International Center or a Living Learning Community, co-sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and an academic department, can find more information on the LLC website. A separate application is needed. LLC applications are also due by Friday, March 4, 2016.


Students are permitted to pull other students into a room with them (see information below specific to suites). The group should plan to use the best selection time in the group (the earliest selection time is the best). Because room selection can be unpredictable in terms of what will fill up first, you are encouraged to make several plans before your selection time. This includes how a roommate group will divide if a particular space is not available. Information about selecting roommate groups online will be emailed on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Gender inclusive housing is available to students through the room selection process. Roommate groups may be gender inclusive, which will allow mutually-selected groups to identify their preferred living space on campus.

Special Needs Accommodation Process

Students requesting a special need accommodation must complete a Special Needs Request on my.lakeforest. Submission of this form does not guarantee the accommodation will be provided. Additional documentation may be required and a follow-up meeting with a member of the Accommodations Committee may be required. Students whose accommodation recommendations are granted will be assigned in advance of room selection and will not need to participate in the event.

The deadline for submitting a special needs request is Friday, March 4 at 4 p.m. CST.

Students with existing approved accommodations do not need to complete this process again.

Suites and Apartments

A limited number of suites and apartments are available on campus in Deerpath Hall and Moore Hall. Students are permitted to choose individual rooms without filling the entire suite. Students are able to fill an entire suite or apartment with a roommate group.

Differential Pricing

Lake Forest College uses differential pricing for housing costs. This means that your cost of living will more accurately reflect the room type in which you live. Click here to see current room costs for 2015-2016. Room rates for 2016-2017 will be added after approval by the Board of Trustees.

Room Changes

We know that room selection is unpredictable and potentially stressful. We offer students the opportunity to submit a room change form after the process to be considered over the summer as spaces become available on campus. Online room change requests will be available from July 15 through July 29. Information about that process will be shared at the close of room selection.


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