Room Selection

This page is intended to give you a brief overview of the Room Selection Process. Important dates and information related to Room Selection will also be sent out to students via campus mail and email. If you have any questions about our website or the Room Selection processes, please don't hesitate to contact our office. Students who plan to live in housing that the campus provides are encouraged to view the housing agreement, which discloses rules and information about their living quarters.

Below is information regarding the Room Selection Process for 2020-2021 housing.

Important Policy Regarding Room Selection and Registration

Returning students are required to be registered for Fall courses in order to participate in the on-campus room selection process.  All students who wish to select on campus housing must be registered at least 24 hours in advance of the date on which the Room Selection Process they will participate in takes place.

What is Room Selection and how does it work?

Room selection is an online process.  Online tutorials are available on SharePoint for assistance. Room Selection is the process through which returning students select housing for the next academic year.  There are many parts to room selection including Pre-Selection, Senior Majority Selection, Suite Selection and regular Room Selection. Students can also apply for Intentional Living Community and special conditions. Students are issued selection numbers that are assigned to individuals randomly within their cohort group (the group of women that began college in the same year).

All students living on campus must complete a CSB Selection Participation Form

In order to participate in room selection you must complete a CSB Fall Housing Intent form by March 1st and REGISTER FOR CLASSES FOR FALL 2020 NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR SELECTION TIME. You will not be able to pick your housing without becoming registered for Fall 2020.

The Fall Housing Intent Form is required for all students who will be living on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to participate in room selection you must complete the Housing Intent Form found in the Housing Portal.  Those who will be abroad in the fall of 2020 will be contacted beginning in October of 2020 regarding their preferences for housing in the spring semester of 2021. 

To be eligible to select housing, students must:

  • Complete Fall Housing Intent Form by March 1st.
  • Register for Fall classes at least 24 hours prior to the selection process you are participating in.

In addition, students need to remember:

  • That to select housing at their best time a group must have a full group for fall semester. For example, four requested and confirmed roommates are needed to select a four person apartment, two requested and confirmed roommates are needed to select a double room.
  • If a student is not registered for classes, she need to be honest and upfront wi th her requested roommates as they will not be able to select housing all group members are not registered as they would not be considered a full group.
  • That everyone will not get their first choice of housing and you should have multiple ideas for what you want to select.
Not all seniors will live in apartments wi th private bedrooms ( Luetmer/College Ave/Centennial Commons) Some Seniors will live in Old East or West Apartments.
Not all juniors will be able to select apartments. Some juniors will select housing in Lottie/ Margretta/Brian
Not all sophomores who want one will be able to select a suite or a single room. The majority of sophomores live in double rooms.

Pre-Selection Process

Pre-selection is a process for six-person apartments and one-person apartments. It works just like room selection in that it is based on cohort group using the selection number you will receive for room selection. Each person who wishes to apply must complete a pre-selection application. Each person who wishes to apply for the unique and limited options for housing must pre-register by March 1st  when they fill out their Fall Housing Intent Form. Pre-registration is required to participate in the process. Again, pre-registration is required to participate in the process . Students can find full details and links to registration forms on the pre-selection page.

Senior Majority

Students who are part of the rising senior cohort (the coming academic year will be their fourth year in college) will be able to select housing through Senior Majority Selection Process. Each person who wishes to select housing in this process must be part of the rising senior cohort.

Your selection time for the Senior Majority Process will be determined based on your selection number-the better your number, the earlier your time in the process. 

If you participate in the two person senior majority process and are unable to select an apartment, you will have an opportunity to participate in the four-person senior majority process.

Two Person Senior Majority:  Groups with TWO members in the senior cohort (those who started at CSB in the Fall of 2017 or earlier) can apply to select housing for the 2 person apartments in Luetmer, College Avenue or West Apartments.

4 Person Senior Majority: Groups with 3 or more members in the senior cohort (those who started at CSB in the Fall of 2017 or earlier) and no more than 1 member in the junior cohort (those who began at CSB in the Fall of 2018) .

Remember Participation in Senior Majority  does not guarantee that you will be able to select an apartment with a private bedroom (Centennial, College Ave or Luetmer).  It merely gives groups comprised completely of 4 seniors or 3 seniors + 1 junior, the first opportunity to select apartments on campus. Be ready with your back up plans of where you would want to live in McDonald, Wirth, Zierden or West should Luetmer and Centennial Commons be full when you go to select!

  • Groups of four seniors select first followed by the groups of 3 seniors + 1 junior.
  • All other combinations of  juniors and seniors in living groups will participate in the general room selection process.

Intentional Living Community

This process allows living groups to form which serve a specific reason and purpose beyond just being roommates. In the past communities have formed around themes such as sustainable living, language, and health and wellness. Proposals for Intentional Living Communities must be turned in to Residential Life Office by Thursday, March 10th. If the proposals are not accepted, the students will be automatically put back in to the regular Room Selection process. 

Suite and Single Room Selection Process

Rising seniors can select a single room or suite room during the General Room Selection Process for juniors and seniors.  You can live with other juniors/seniors and/or you can pull rising sophomores in with you.

Rising Sophomore students must attend one of the Roommate Selection workshops in order to participate in the suite selection process. While the workshop is a requirement for those rising sophomres who want to select a suite, it is recommended for all rising sophomores as you go to determine roommates for the coming year. Rising Sophomore who wish to select a single room can participate in the single room selction night. If you are unable to select a single room, you would then participate in the double room selection.

We will also offer a waiting list for those not able to select a suite or single room.  

Requesting Accommodations in CSB Campus Housing

If a student with documented disabling condition would like to make a residential accommodation request she must complete The Housing Accommodation Request Form no later than March 1st.  We ask that the student work with their provider to obtain documentation as outlined The Housing Accommodation Request Form no later than March 16. Pre-selection offers will be provided when requests and supporting medical documentation identify an access-related need that cannot be obtained through the traditional Room Selectin process.    

Housing accommodations are based on disability-related needs and determined on a case-by-case basis. Preference-based requests not directly related to an individual’s disability will not be considered when reviewing accommodation requests. Pre-selection offers are intended to accommodate an individual’s access-related needs, not circumvent the housing selection process.

Click here to access the Housing Accommodation Request Form.

What if I'm studying abroad?

Congratulations for this great achievement! You will have a chance to indicate that in your CSB Fall Housing Intent Form. If you are studying abroad during:

  • Fall of 2020--You WILL NOT participate in the 2020-2021 room selection process. You cannot be counted as part of a living group for room selection. Instead, you will need to fill out a form which will be sent to you from the Residential Life office in late April/Early May indicating your preferences for housing when you return in Spring 2021. If you have a living group you want to join, you will list it at that time, otherwise we will place you according to your preferences when you return.

    Please be aware, the Off Campus Process for 2021-2022 will take place while you are away next fall. If you want to apply for Off Campus Release in 2021-2022 please be sure to make yourself familiar with the off campus process now. Ask questions now and get the scoop so that you can work with friends from all corners of the globe next year as you apply for a release.  For full details visit:

  • Spring of 2021--You will go through the Room Selection processes as usual. Our office will contact you about canceling your housing for the spring semester in October 2020.

What are the housing options available to students?

Please check out Housing Options for more information, including room layouts and amenities.