Approved Groups and Selection Order


Note:  This web page -- and all other Housing Selection web pages -- are designed for students who are already taking classes at SUNY Geneseo.  If you are an incoming student looking for information about residence hall housing, kindly refer to the written correspondence which you received from the Admissions Office.



How are townhouses and suites awarded?

We decide approved townhouse and suite groups according to seniority, which we define as number of academic credits earned.  This number includes credits transferred from another college or university as well as Advanced Placement or other types of credits earned before college.  Credits for which you and your group members are enrolled this semester are not counted in this total.

In order to determine which groups are awarded townhouses and suites, we calculate the average of your academic credits earned and arrange them from highest to lowest, as shown in the following table.

table 1:  sample 4-person townhouse groups

GroupCredits (mem. 1)Credits (mem. 2)Credits (mem. 3)Credits (mem. 4)Credits (ave.)Sel. Order
 65 72 782961 n/a

In this example, we were unable to award Group U a townhouse, since only 20 4-person townhouses will be available for selection.  The table also illustrates how the credit averages are used to determine townhouse selection order.  In this scenario, Group A would choose their townhouse before any other group.  They would be followed by Group B, Group C, Group D, and so on.

What if multiple townhouse or suite groups share the same credit average?  How is selection order determined then?

In this event, we would calculate the total number of semesters living in Geneseo residence halls for all groups with the same credit average.  The group with the highest total number of semesters would be awarded the townhouse or suite, if not enough are available for all groups with the same credit average -- or choose their townhouse or suite before the remaining groups, if enough townhouses or suites are available for all of these groups.

Is this process any different for suites?

No.  We use the same process to determine approved groups and selection order for 4-person, 5-person, 6-person, and 8-person suites.

Is the process different for EcoHouse or Writers House?

Yes. For specialty housing we require each student fill out the supplemental questions that are located on the Supplemental Housing Application. Residence Life Staff will form a committee to decide who is eligible to live in EcoHouse and Writers House. The committee determines who will reside in our Specialty Housing Options by reviewing applications based a rubric.