Frequently Asked Questions

When do I get my lottery NUMBER for the online selection process?
Both lottery numbers and lottery times will be available online via CNAV/MyHousing. Lottery numbers will be available on Friday, February 7, 2014 for current sophomores and juniors. For current first-year students, lottery numbers will be available online by Friday, February 21, 2014, so that FYE points can be considered for first-year students.

When do I get my lottery TIME for the online selection process?
Beginning on Monday, March 17, 2014, juniors will be able to view their lottery selection date/time.  Sophomores will be able to view their lottery selection date/time on Monday, March 24, 2014, and first-year students will be able to view their times on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Please see the Online Housing Selection section for more details on the online housing selection timeline.

Where do I find my class year designation and expected graduation term?
Students can find their class year designation on both the Student Center and in CNAV/MyHousing. For housing purposes, students' expected graduation terms determines their class year designation. For example, a student expected to graduate in Spring 2015 is considered a current junior. Read more about class year designations and expected graduation terms.

What if I want to live off-campus?
Living off-campus is an opportunity reserved for seniors.  Current juniors can obtain an application by attending one of the off-campus housing information sessions. Please find more information about off-campus living and the application process on our website.

What are the chances of my theme housing application being accepted?
The theme housing selection process is a competitive one. More groups apply than there are available spaces. Applications are reviewed by Residential & First-Year Programs staff in addition to an interview process with groups.

What if I (or my group) don't get my/our first choice in rooms or location?
Wait list preference forms will be available for those students who do not receive their first choice in housing accommodations. Wait list preference forms will be placed in lottery number order within class year. Should vacancies occur, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will contact you/your group to accept an offer from the wait list preference form. Once you/your group has accepted an upgrade in housing from your wait list preference forms, your housing is complete and any other wait list preference forms you/your group has on file with us at that time will become null and void. Please see the timeline regarding wait list preference forms for your particular class year. Wait list preference forms will be used until Monday, June 2, 2014, at which time priority will be given to those students who have not received housing.

What if I want a single room?
Single rooms are limited on the Gettysburg College campus. Most single rooms are selected early in the process. Those pursuing this option should have alternative on campus housing arrangements in mind in case you are unable to acquire a single room. A wait list is maintained in the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs for single rooms. There is no guarantee that a single will become available even if you are on the wait list.

Can I give my housing lottery number to someone else?
No. Lottery numbers are unique to each student and non-transferable to any other student.

Can I live with a student coming back from a Leave of Absence?
Yes, students who are anticipating returning from a leave of absence for the Fall 2014 semester will automatically have a lottery number activated for them and will participate in the Housing Selection using their own lottery number.

Can I live with a Fall 2014 Readmitted student?
Yes, provided that the readmitted student has completed the appropriate paperwork with Academic Advising and the College has received his/her reserve/security deposit by Friday, March 7, 2014.

In addition, the student must contact Sharon Fissel ( by Friday, March 7, 2014, to verify his/her intent to participate in the lottery process and to confirm that he/she is giving you permission to select his/her housing.

Readmitted students will not receive their own lottery number. After the above steps are completed you must pull him/her into a room using your housing lottery number.

If I am studying off-campus for the Fall 2014 semester, can I still choose a room or can my lottery number be used?
The only way a student's number will be used in the housing selection process for the Fall 2014 Semester is if the student is joining a group through a room switch agreement and that student's number is the best number in the group. In this case, the student's number becomes active for Fall 2014 by indicating, on the Room Switch Agreement, that his/her number should be used for the group.