Lottery numbers will be available online on Monday, April 4 for current juniors and sophomores; and on Monday, April 18 for current first-year students.
Please note the following:
Lottery numbers are assigned by expected graduation term (not credits):
- Juniors (rising seniors): random lottery number assignment within the rising senior class
- Sophomores (rising juniors): students are assigned into housing groups based on Sophomore Success Program participation. Within each group, lottery numbers are assigned randomly.
- First-Years (rising sophomores): students are assigned into housing groups based on Extended Orientation participation. Within each group, lottery numbers are assigned randomly.
- Please verify your expected graduation date by checking this information on CNAV/MyPlace/MyHousing/Housing-Self Service. Any junior or sophomore anticipating changing their graduation date must contact the Center for Student Success to petition and complete the approval process by Friday, April 16.
- There is no differentiation between first and second semester standing in regard to class year designations. Please see the table below:
|CLASS YEAR DESIGNATION||EXPECTED GRADUATION TERM|
|Junior||Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 – Fall 2023|
|Sophomore||Spring 2024 – Fall 2024|
|First-Year||Spring 2025 – Fall 2025|
All lottery numbers are comprised of four digits. The first digit represents class year designation: 1=junior, 2=sophomore, 3=first-year. The remaining three digits represent the student's lottery number within their class year.
Here are some examples: if a student has lottery number 2157, then this student is a sophomore with lottery number 157. If a student has lottery number 3028, then this student is a first-year student with lottery number 28.
The Extended Orientation program is designed to empower first-year students to be Gettysburg Great as they learn about, engage in, and plan their Gettysburg experience. The program offers meaningful sessions of various styles and topics that are designed to engage first-year students both inside and outside of the classroom. Many of Gettysburg College's values are articulated through the Extended Orientation sessions, including the development of a safe and healthy community; intellectual engagement; leadership; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Every first-year student has had the opportunity to participate in the Extended Orientation program which consists of 20 total sessions including community meetings, Gchats, and campus engagement events. Student attendance at these sessions is tracked throughout the program to encourage engagement in the Gettysburg community. The number of sessions that first-year students have attended contributes to determining their housing lottery number.
The Extended Orientation attendance expectation (and its impact on your housing lottery number) is designed to reflect the fact that Gettysburg College values engagement and personal accountability. The more engaged students choose to be, the greater the potential reward. In terms of Extended Orientation, the rewards are both intangible, such as becoming better integrated into the community and more deeply immersed in meaningful experiences, and tangible, like earning the opportunity to select housing earlier in the lottery process. At Gettysburg, housing is guaranteed for everyone, but where students are housed depends on various factors, including level of participation in Extended Orientation.
Here's how it works:
There are a total of 20 possible Extended Orientation sessions: 10 required events from the residential component and 10 required events from the campus engagement component. The residential component consists of monthly community meetings and Gchats (one per semester). The campus engagement component of the Extended Orientation program is meant to engage first-year students in the values of the institution and connect students to resources. This component focuses on five categories: Academic Success, Inclusion, Resiliency, Well-Being, and Violence Prevention & Consent Education. Students are required to complete one program in each of the five categories per semester. The more sessions students attend (up to 20), the more options they will have for their housing for next year. Rising sophomores will be grouped based on Extended Orientation credits earned. Lottery numbers will then be generated at random within each group. The exact grouping breakdown will be available after the completion of the Extended Orientation program in mid-April.
Students should be monitoring their own Extended Orientation attendance via the EngageGettysburg app or website. Please note that we are no longer accepting credit appeals for events that took place during the Fall semester. The last day to appeal if there are any discrepancies for spring events is Thursday, April 14, 2022. Questions and appeals should be sent to
Extended Orientation and Lottery Number Timeline:
Monday, April 4
Students being selecting roommates online for online housing selection
Monday, April 11 at 10:00 p.m.
April Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 12
Extended Orientation Program officially ends
Wednesday, April 13 by 5:00 p.m.
Last day to appeal Extended Orientation attendance record (spring semester events only)
Monday, April 18
Lottery numbers and lottery selection times posted to CNAV/MyHousing
Sunday, April 24 (time TBD)
First-year online housing selection
The Sophomore Success Program (SSP) is designed to help sophomore students get connected to their faculty advisors and Community Advisor. Through this program, we hope to support students in need as they navigate their second year of college. This program is comprised of five events: 1) Second Year Kick-Off, 2) Academic Planning (Faculty Advisor card due to RFYP by Friday, December 17, 2021), 3) Sophomore Career Check-In (due November 1, 2021 – March 25, 2022), 4-5) one-on-one G-chat conversation with a Community Advisor during the fall semester (due September 24, 2021 – November 7, 2021) and the spring semester (due January 31, 2022 – March 25, 2022). These five components will be tied to sophomores’ housing for their junior year.
Here's how it works:
Lottery numbers for sophomore students who are rising juniors are created based on credits gained through the SSP . The lowest (best) lottery numbers will begin with bracket 1 which includes all students who completed five credits. Random generation of lottery numbers will occur within this bracket. The second bracket will include all students who have completed four credits, and those students will have their lottery numbers randomly generated within that bracket. This pattern will continue for students who have three, two, one, and 0 credits.
SSP attendance breakdown:
- Bracket #1 (5 SSP credits)
- Bracket #2 (4 SSP credits)
- Bracket #3 (3 SSP credits)
- Bracket #4 (2 SSP credits)
- Bracket #5 (1 SSP credits)
- Bracket #6 (0 SSP credits)
Students should be monitoring their own SSP attendance via Moodle. The final deadline to complete all of your required credits is Friday, March 25, 2022. The last day to appeal if there are any discrepancies for attendance is Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Questions and appeals should be sent to Andy Hileman.
Students who are not pre-registered for classes by May 31 will be withdrawn from the college by the Registrar's Office and the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will remove students from their Fall 2022 housing. They are not guaranteed their previously assigned room should they be reinstated at a later date.
Students who are not currently enrolled at Gettysburg College may be eligible to participate in the housing selection process as follows:
Students returning from a leave of absence:
Students must meet all normal housing deadlines for applying for housing in order to be considered for housing for the semester in which he/she plans to return.
- Students returning from a Leave of Absence for the fall semester:
Students will automatically have a housing lottery number activated for them and will be able to participate in the Housing Selection Process using their own lottery number.
- Students returning from a Leave of Absence for the spring semester:
Once students are approved to return by the Academic Standing Committee, the Office of Residential & First Year Programs will send students a Housing Preference Form to complete and return by the designated deadline set. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will do their best to accommodate your preference based on the vacancies available.
Students readmitted after a withdrawal:
The student must meet all normal housing deadlines for applying for housing in order to be considered for housing for the semester in which he/she plans to return.
- Students readmitted for the fall semester:
Should a student be approved for fall readmission during Housing Selection for the fall semester, they will be permitted to participate in housing selection processes with friends using their friends lottery number. Readmitted students are not given a housing lottery number to participate in the Housing Selection Process as the lottery number assignment process is often completed prior to their readmission being approved.
- Students readmitted for the spring semester:
Once students are approved to return by the Academic Standing Committee, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will send students a Housing Preference Form to complete and return by the designated deadline. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will do their best to accommodate your preference based on the vacancies available. A student who has been granted a withdrawal must notify in writing the Center for Student Success of his/her desire to return to the College no later than May 1 for the Fall semester and no later than November 1 for the Spring semester.
Please contact the Office of Residential & First Year Programs if you have questions about housing (717-337-6901).
One of the benefits of the online housing selection process is that students can select housing from the comfort of their residence hall room, from a computer while studying abroad/off-campus, or anywhere else you can access Gettysburg College's CNAV system.
With the online housing system, students will need to pre-select each other as roommates prior to selecting a room or apartment (instructions regarding this part of the process will be available the week of April 4). Students can choose to live with peers of a different class year and of different genders.
The timeline for online housing selection can be found below; this includes when students can begin selecting roommates. When students select roommates, the online housing selection system will confirm that all roommates have selected one another; students will then be identified as a group. Only the student with the lowest (best) lottery number and earliest lottery time will be able to select housing for the group via the online housing selection system.
Timeline for Online Housing Selection:
Current Juniors (anticipated graduation date of Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Fall 2023)
Current Sophomores (anticipated graduation date of Spring 2024 or Fall 2024)
- Monday, April 4:
Individual lottery numbers and lottery times are posted on CNAV/MyPlace/MyHousing/Housing Self-Service
Students begin selecting roommates on CNAV/MyPlace/MyHousing/Housing Self-Service
- Sunday, April 10:
Current Juniors: housing selection begins (time TBD)
Current Sophomores: housing selection immediately after juniors select housing
Current First-Year Students (anticipated graduation date of Spring 2025 or Fall 2025)
- Monday, April 4:
- Monday, April 18:
Individual lottery numbers and times will be posted on CNAV/MyPlace/MyHousing/Housing Self-Service
- Sunday, April 24:
Housing selection begins (time TBD)
During online housing selection, if the person in a group with the lowest (best) lottery number cannot select housing for their group at their assigned time (due to an athletic event, academic class, studying abroad), they must designate a proxy to select housing for the group.
They can do so by completing an online proxy form via CNAV/MyHousing. Once this form is submitted, Residential & First-Year Programs staff will “transfer” their lottery time to the proxy so the proxy can select housing for their group. After this switch is made, the student with the lowest (best) lottery number will no longer be responsible for carrying the housing group through the online housing selection process.
Junior and sophomores must submit their completed proxy form by Thursday, April 7. First-year students must submit their forms no later than Thursday, April 21. PROXY REQUESTS CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE TIME OF SELECTION. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
If you have any questions about the proxy process for online housing selection, please email the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs.