Take some time to familiarize yourself with the different phases of Room Selection by scrolling through the information below. Or, use the following links for more information about a specific process:
- Theme Houses
- Global Education House
- Residence Halls
- Single Rooms
- Off-Campus Approval
- Room Selection Day
The Theme House Selection Process will begin when applications are made available. In the application, students are asked to submit a three-page proposal detailing their chosen theme, the projects they plan to complete throughout the year that relate to that theme, an alcohol policy for their house, and information regarding their chosen advisor for the year.
Applications are typically due to the Housing Office prior to the week before Spring Break. Once turned in, applications will be stripped of anything that could identify the applicants and will then be reviewed and scored by an objective group of staff and faculty. Once scores have been assigned, the Dean of Students and Housing Offices will work to pair houses with the best themes. All will be notified of results via campus mail on the Friday before Spring Break.
For specific Theme House Application dates, please visit Important Dates.
For information about applying to live in the Global Education House, please contact us at 605.274.5215 or email@example.com.
The process of signing up for Apartments will occur during Room Selection Day.
The process of signing up for Residence Halls will occur during Room Selection Day.
Single Rooms are available, however all students wishing to live in a single room must apply.
All current third year students who apply for a single room prior to the deadline will be granted a single room.
We are working to grant single requests for all current second year students who want one. However, depending on occupancy, some current second year students may be placed on a waiting list. Our waiting list will be determined by drawing based on the applications received by the deadline. Single rooms will be granted as space becomes available.
Please note that current first year students will not likely be granted a single room for their second year, though they may still apply. If space allows, we will grant singles to second-year students as they appear on our waiting list.
Please complete a Single Room Application (Online Form) if you are interested in a single room for the upcoming year.
You do not need to apply for a single room if you are planning to live in East Hall. East Hall rooms are billed as double rooms, even though most are single occupancy. However, we strongly encourage applying for a single room just in case, as East Hall rooms often fill quickly on Room Selection Day. If approved, you would also be able to select a single room in Tuve, Granskou, or Stavig Halls in the event East Hall is unavailable.
Homesteading occurs a little differently for each of our three main housing options.
Theme Houses - For Theme Houses, there is a re-application process that requires each house to complete a self-evaluation, a new and improved project proposal for the upcoming year, as well as undergo a thorough evaluation of their performance throughout the current year. Additionally, to be eligible, each house must have a majority house members returning the following year. Homesteading applications are reviewed by the Dean of Students and Housing Offices and determinations are made, based on the above criteria, at the end of February or in early March. If a house is not awarded to a group for a second year, they will have the ability to revise or completely revamp their theme proposal and submit a new application into the pool of first-time applicants, where they will be reviewed and scored as all other first-time applications.
Apartments - For Apartments, the Homesteading process is fairly simple. Students need only to inform the Housing Office by the specified deadline that they would like to keep the apartment for the coming year and it will be granted. The only stipulation placed upon Homesteading an Apartment is that a majority of the apartment residents return for the coming year. In the Summit Avenue and Schoeneman Apartments, at least 3 of the 4 residents will need to return for the coming year. In the Norse Inn and Duluth Place Apartments, at least 1 of the 2 residents in each apartment will need to return for the coming year. If not all of the residents plan to return, students will be expected to identify a replacement at the time they indicate that they will Homestead.
Residence Halls - In Residence Halls, students simply need to inform the Housing Office, at the specified time, that they would like to keep their room for the coming year. In the event that a student Homesteads a room in either Stavig or Granskou Halls and, as a result, displaces their current roommate, we do have a process in place that allows those displaced students to sign up for rooms ahead of anyone else in the Room Selection Process. As Bergsaker and Solberg Halls are reserved for first-year students, students will not be allowed to Homestead spaces in those buildings.
If a student is Homesteading a Residence Hall room as a single, that student must be approved for a single room. See Single Rooms above for more information.
For specific information regarding Homesteading dates, please visit Important Dates.
There are several ways in which to apply for off-campus approval. All depend upon your status as a student and where you intend to live. Please be sure to read through all the information provided below, as it will help you to determine which application you will need to complete.
Students are automatically approved to live off-campus if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Enrolled as a part-time student (fewer than 10 credits per semester); or
- Married student and/or students with children; or
- Students who graduated high school in, or prior to, 2010 (in most cases, Seniors).
Students meeting this criteria to not need approval through the Housing Office to move off-campus. However, we do require that students within three years of their high school graduation date notify the Housing Office if they are eligible to move off-campus because they meet one or more of the criteria above. Simply submit our Notification of Automatic Off-Campus Approval form to send us that information.
Approval to Live with Family
Students wishing to commute from the home of an immediate family member's home (usually a parent or guardian) will likely be approved to do so, but need to obtain approval through the Dean of Students Office. Once notified of a student's intent to live off-campus with family, the Dean of Students Office will send a letter to the student's parent or guardian asking for confirmation of the arrangement. Upon receipt of that signed letter of confirmation, the Dean of Students Office will notify the Housing Office of the student's approval to live off-campus with family.
In order to apply to live off-campus with family, simply submit an Application for Off-Campus Approval with Family. The information you submit will be sent to the Dean of Students Office and the confirmation letter will be mailed out to your parent or guardian within a few days. Again, be sure that signed letter of confirmation is returned to the Dean of Students Office to complete the approval process.
Third Year Student Waiver Process
For current second year students who do not meet any of the criteria for automatic approval and who are not interested in living off-campus with family in the coming year, there is a waiver process by which they can apply for off-campus approval.
Students wishing to be included in the waiver process must meet the following criteria:
- Must have graduated high school in 2011; and
- Must have earned at least 50 credits by the end of Spring Semester 2013; and
- Must currently be in good academic standing with the College.
Students meeting these criteria for eligibility will need to fill out an Application for Off-Campus Approval as a Third Year Student (Online Form). All students who apply will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will determine our priority list for waiving students from the residency requirement and allowing them to move off-campus as a third year student.
It is not likely that all third year students who apply to live off-campus through this process will be approved for the coming year. After determining occupany needs in the spring, an initial group of students will be waived. Additional students may be approved as needed throughout the spring and summer terms.
Students may apply only as individuals. However, if a group of students is interested in moving off-campus together and any of their names are drawn, they will be allowed to "pull-in" up to two additional students at that time. All three students will then be approved to move off-campus. Each member pulled-in, however, must also have submitted an application and be eligible as stated above. No more than three students will be approved to move off-campus as a group due to Sioux Falls city ordinances.
For students wanting to live off-campus who do not meet the automatic criteria for off-campus approval, are not interested in living off-campus with family, and are not eligible for the third year student waiver process, there is also a Petition for Off-Campus Approval Due to Extenuating Circumstances.
Room Selection Day encompasses both the Apartment and Residence Hall processes. So, when you and your roommate(s) arrive to sign up for a space at your predetermined time, you will be able to choose from all available spaces in Apartments and Residence Halls.
Essentially, the process will progress as follows:
Step 1: You will receive a letter in your campus mailbox from the Housing Office that tells you (a) what your Room Selection Number is and (b) when you will be able to go through the process on Room Selection Day. You will likely receive this information several weeks in advance of Room Selection Day.
Step 2: On Room Selection Day, you will arrive about 10-15 minutes before your designated time, check-in, and wait to be allowed in.
Step 3: Once you are allowed in, you will be able to visit any of the available tables that correspond to Apartments and Residence Halls, based on what you are looking to choose.
Step 4: After choosing a space, you will be directed to another location where you will fill out a Housing Contract and/or any additional paperwork we need from you at that time. Please note that your room selection will not be valid until you have signed a Housing Contract for that space.