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/MyPlace/My Housing/My Housing Self-Service. Lottery numbers were sent out to current juniors on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. For current sophomores, lottery numbers will be available by Friday, February 27, 2015. For current first-year students, lottery numbers will be available by Monday, March 30, 2015, so that CYC sessions can be considered for first-year students.

When do I get my lottery TIME for the online selection process?
Beginning on Monday, March 16, 2015, juniors will be able to view their lottery selection date/time in CNAV/MyPlace/My Housing/My Housing Self-Service. Sophomores will be able to view their lottery selection date/time on Monday, March 23, 2015, and first-year students will be able to view their times on Monday, April 13, 2015. 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/MyPlace/My Housing/My Housing Self-Service. For housing purposes, students' expected graduation terms determines their class year designation. For example, a student expected to graduate in Spring 2016 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. Please find more information about off-campus living and the application process on our website.

What if I (or my group) don't get my/our first choice in rooms or location?
Wait list forms will be available for those students who do not receive their first choice in housing accommodations. Wait list 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 form. Once you/your group has accepted an upgrade in housing from your wait list forms, your housing is complete and any other wait list forms you/your group has on file with us at that time will become null and void. Please see the timeline regarding wait list forms for your particular class year. Wait list forms will be used until Monday, June 1, 2015, 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 someone of a different class year?
Students can choose to live with peers of a different class year. For example, a sophomore can live with a group of juniors. In the past, juniors who were selecting sophomores or first-years as roommates would not have been able to select their housing until after all groups that were entirely juniors selected housing. However, NEW THIS YEAR, this will NOT affect the junior(s) in the group in regards to when they select housing. The group will select housing based on the best junior lottery number in the group.

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 2015 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 2015 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 6, 2015.

In addition, the student must contact Sharon Fissel by Friday, March 6, 2015, 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 by indicating, on the Room Switch Agreement, that his/her number should be used for the group.

Does it matter which bedroom I choose within an apartment?
Yes, it does. Students who select housing in the Quarry Suites, Apple Hall, Ice House, and College Apartments need to pay particular attention to the bedrooms that they are signing into since the bedrooms doors lock. Students in these buildings will receive two keys at check-in: one for the apartment door and one that is specific to the bedroom door that they sign into. If, after your group selects housing into one of the apartments in these buildings, you decide you want to switch bedrooms around within the same apartment, please email residencelife@gettysburg.edu to request the change. Please note that only those who wish to switch bedrooms need to email us. We will make the change in our system after we have heard from all those who are switching bedrooms.

It is important that we have an accurate record of who is residing in each bedroom in case of emergency and also for the purposes of key tracking (particularly in the case of a lock-out or lost keys) and damage billing.

What are the chances I'll get the housing I want?
Because each year is different and so many factors change from year to year, we cannot predict what your chances are for particular housing options. Some of these factors include the different class years, lottery numbers, what students select, etc.

I don't have a roommate. Can I still select housing?
All rooms/apartments must be filled to capacity when selecting housing. This means that if you are selecting a double room in Paxton, you must have two people to choose that room. Please keep in mind that single rooms are very limited and are selected early in the process so that may not be an option for you.