Room selection, an annual process, allows returning residents to select their rooms and choose roommates for the following academic year. Room selection for the 2017-2018 academic year will begin on March 22. 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, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life.
Friday, February 17 - Housing application-contract and all related housing information available
Friday, March 10 - Housing application-contract due
Friday, March 10 - Roommate selection process opens
Wednesday, March 22 - Hall rights process (online)
Tuesday, March 28 - Thursday, March 30 - General room selection process (online)
Room Selection Tutorial
Roommate Selection & Matching
The roommate matching process begins on March 10. Students are able to request specific roommates or create an online profile to search for a compatible roommate based on living preferences. Click here to view the instructions for how to request a roommate request. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be honored.
Returning Student Application-Contract
Students who wish to participate in the room selection process for 2017-2018 must complete the online housing application-contract. The form is available in the housing module. After logging in using College computing credentials, click Applications on the top menu and select the Upperclass Student Housing Application.
To participate in the online selection process, applications must be completed by March 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST
After a contract is signed, students may request a release from their contract due to a chance in financial status or related to a medical or psychological condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. Contract release is subject to approval and is not guaranteed. Please carefully review the contract before signing.
Room Types and Theme Housing
Returning students will have the option of selecting double, triple, and quad rooms in the following buildings:
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 have a limited number of super doubles. These are doubles housed in a former quad room in Roberts or McClure and, if space allows, Gregory.
We strongly encourage students to review the full list of room types to understand what rooms are available in which buildings. Please note that some our rooms were recently renamed to more clearly identify their design and capacity.
Hall rights is an optional 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 for hall rights. Please note that participating in hall rights does not guarantee the availability of a specific room or room type and students must be able to fill a room or suite in the hall rights process. For example, two students may choose a double room but will not be eligible to select a quad room.
Students must opt into the process to be eligible to participate. Students who are eligible to opt in will see a Hall Rights Opt-In Application in the online housing portal. This must be completed in addition to the housing application in order to be valid. The deadline to complete this form is Friday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Hall rights will be held online on Wednesday, March 22. Additional details, including specific selection times, will be sent to students who elect to participate in the process.
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. Selection times will be emailed to students during spring break.
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).
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 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST. Please be aware that the residency requirement may only be appealed before a housing contract is signed.
After a contract is signed, students may request a release from their contract due to a chance in financial status or related to a medical or psychological condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. Contract release is subject to approval and is not guaranteed.
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 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST.
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 Friday, March 10, 2017.
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. There are no additional steps required to request a gender inclusive housing situation.
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 priority deadline for submitting a special needs request is Friday, March 10 at 4 p.m. CST.
Students with existing approved accommodations do not need to complete this process again and will be contacted directly via email for their housing preferences.
Deerpath Super Suites
A limited number of five- and six-person suites are available on campus in Deerpath Hall. The rooms within these suites are not eligible to be selected in the hall rights process and must be applied for separately.
To be eligible for a five- or six-person suite, all members of the roommate group must have completed the housing contract, must be in good behavioral standing at the College (not on disciplinary probation), and must have a minimum GPA of 2.25. A roommate group must be able to fill the entire suite.
The average GPA and credit hours of the roommate groups will be used to determine priority order for placement in a Deerpath Super Suite.
Deerpath Super Suite applications are available at Rosemary House and are due by Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
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 the room rates for 2017-2018.
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 10 through July 28. Information about that process will be shared at the close of room selection and redistributed during the summer.
Room buyouts are available beginning the first week of classes each semester. Please be aware that every bed and every room will be chosen during room selection. Students cannot hold vacant spaces in their rooms during this process.