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Basics

Residents of one of the Row theme houses form a pyramid during a house event.Ready to apply for pre-assignment?

Some of Stanford's on-campus residences offer special academic, cultural, or social programs. Several residences sponsor intensive foreign language study. Other residences are "co-ops", meaning that cooking and cleaning for the residence is performed by the students who live in the house.

One of the core tenets of the Housing Draw is to support these unique residential programs through the pre-assignment process. Students who want to live in a residence offering a theme can come together with other students to create a residence committed to exploring a topic, lifestyle, language, or culture.

Reasons for Having a Pre-assignment Process

Without some sort of special provisions in the assignment process, a residence designed to support a theme could easily end up filled with students who have no interest in this collaborative process of exploration/learning, but who want to live in the residence for other reasons -- reasons like the house's desirable location on the campus, superior physical condition, or available room types.

Residents of the university pose during a theme costume party.The pre-assignment system is intended to help students with a shared interest live together, while preventing "gaming" of the Housing Draw. Students who are genuinely interested in, and committed to, a program in a particular residence can apply for pre-assignment for that residence. All vacancies remaining once a set number of pre-assignments have been granted are then assigned during The Draw.

Eligibility for pre-assignment is determined according to publicized, objective criteria for each residence.

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Updates For 2014

eDorm will not be continuing as a theme house in 2014/15

The eDorm concept was set up as a 2 year pilot to be evaluated in an ongoing way. While it is certainly our goal to support new initiatives and ideas, at this time we don't intend to continue the program into the 2014-15 year. If you have questions, please contact preassignment@lists.stanford.edu

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Policies & Eligibility for Pre-Assignment

Policies

  • Students are only permitted to apply for pre-assignment to one house.
  • If students are selected for a pre-assignment spot in a house, they are automatically assigned to the house and are not eligible to apply for the Housing Draw. Note: You must still file a housing application and list the pre-assigned house as your only choice. Students who pre-assign to a house are not guaranteed any particular room type (single, one room double, two room double, etc.)
  • The number of pre-assignment spaces per house are announced in advance and meet criteria set by Residential Education & Housing Assignments.
  • Residents of Crothers Global Citizenship gather for the regular 'Tea at Taper' event/Students who are pre-assigned must use a guaranteed year of housing and the tier designated for each house. The tier level is based on the cut off draw numbers from the previous year. All pre-assigned spaces will be designated either tier 2 or tier 3.
  • All students with at least 1 year of guaranteed undergraduate housing are encouraged to apply regardless of their remaining tiers. The pre-assignment process will use the tier associated to the house as outlined below, or the next highest remaining tier. If all higher tiers are used, applicants will default to their remaining available tier. The following are examples of what tiers will be used in various situations:
    • Example 1: A student interested in applying to a tier 2 residence who only has tier 1 or tier 3 remaining will use their tier 1
    • Example 2: A student interested in applying to a tier 2 residence who only has tier 3 remaining will use their tier 3
    • Example 3: A student interested in applying to a tier 3 residence who only has tier 1 or tier 2 remaining will use their tier 2
  • Each house designates the selection criteria for selecting their pre-assigned residents. You can also find out more by reviewing each house's profile page, but be sure to check back when applications open to see if there have been any changes from last year.
  • Requirements for living in a pre-assigned space require a greater commitment than students applying through the regular draw process.
  • Houses can also set criteria for students living in the house who are assigned through the Draw. While not required, if used, such criteria are provided to Housing Assignments so they are available for students to read and agree to when they are applying for housing.

Kimball House residents gather for an Arts themed dinner discussion.Eligibility

In order to apply for pre-assignment a student must:

  • be a currently registered undergraduate student and be eligible for registration the autumn quarter for which they are applying
  • have a least one guaranteed year remaining at the time of the Draw
  • be free of any holds on their student record that would preclude them from being pre-assigned to the house
  • apply to be pre-assigned by the deadline and provide whatever documentation is required to support their application by that date
  • be willing to forfeit going through the Draw or accepting alternate Draw exempt staff positions

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Participating Houses, Required Tiers, & Rooming Assignments

  • Remember, each house has its own set of unique requirements, which you must fulfill in order to be pre-assigned.
  • Once pre-assigned to a specific house, that house dictates how rooms are assigned.
  • Each houses's profile page has a "Room Assignment" section that outlines the benefits, if any, that result from being pre-assigned to that house
  • Requirements specific to each house can be found on each house's profile page (linked below) - read these carefully before applying for pre-assignment!

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House Name Type of House Required Tier for 2014-2015 Open House Date & Time Open House Location
576 Alvarado Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
Branner (Public Service) Special Theme House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Casa (Italian) Language and Culture House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Casa Zapata Ethnic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD
Castano Special Theme House Tier 3 TBD TBD
Columbae Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
Crothers (Global Citizenship) Academic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD
EAST (Education) Academic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD
Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF) Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
FroSoCo Special Theme House Tier 3 TBD TBD
Hammarskjöld Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
Haus Mitt (Central European) Language and Culture House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Kairos Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
Kimball (Arts and Performing Arts) Academic Theme Houses Tier 2 TBD TBD
La Maison (French) Language and Culture House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Ethnic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD
Okada Ethnic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD
Slav Dom (Slavic/East European) Language and Culture House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Storey (HumBio) Academic Theme Houses Tier 2 TBD TBD
Substance Free Community Special Theme House Tier 2 TBD TBD
Synergy Co-operative Living Tier 2 TBD TBD
Terra Co-operative Living Tier 3 TBD TBD
Ujamaa Ethnic Theme Houses Tier 3 TBD TBD

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For questions on Preassignment

You can contact the