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Room Selection: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does "My Housing" work?
A: Please review the "MyHousing" information available on the "Room Selection Details and Application Process" page


Q: Do I get a discount on my room rate if my room is smaller than someone else’s room
A: No. Size is just one factor influencing which rooms are more sought after than others. Our rates, however, are the same for similar room types (not rooms that are exactly the same in dimension) within a given building (there is a differential between first year and upper class housing rates). Room rates for singles, doubles, triples and larger rooms in each building are posted prior to room selection, and they are listed in the housing agreement, and they apply regardless of the dimensions of the room.


Q: What if I require Special Accommodations
A: Students who believe they require special housing accommodations for a non-medical reason are welcome to meet with the director of housing in advance of room selection to make that request. Students who have a medical need for special accommodations should utilize the medical accommodations process.


Q: What if I am late with my application or deposit?
A: Contact Stacey Butler (sbutler@pace.edu) immediately. Students who miss March 27th deposit and application deadline can still be included in the Guaranteed Housing Pool as long as they apply and deposit by May 3rd.  Students who do not apply or deposit until after May 3rd will be placed on the NON-GUARANTEED RETURNING STUDENT WAITLIST.


Q: What if I deposit and apply, but don’t select a room online? What if I miss my appointment or the entire online room selection process?
A: All students who deposit and apply for housing by May 3rd will be guaranteed housing.  Students who are guaranteed housing but who do not participate in the online room selection process (either those who opt out of the online process, or those who do not deposit and apply until after March 27th) will be placed in a room by the housing staff by June 1.


Q: What is Roosting?

A: Some residents in 33 Beekman & 55 John Street, are able to roost. Roosting allows students to stay in their same exact room for the next academic year. Roosting will take place on April 4, 5 and 6. Please be aware that single rooms and rooms on designated themes floors will not be available for roosting. Students may bring another student (or students) to be their roommate(s) as long as the roommate(s) have also completed the application and deposit stage. All students wishing to room together must be present to complete the in person process. 


Q: I'm a rooster, can I leave my things in place all summer long?

A: No, students who roost must move all of their belongings out at the end of the spring 2016 term. You will return to the same room for the fall 2016 term. 


Q: I think my RSN (room selection number) is high, but I cannot choose a single or the room type I want.  Why not?

A: The reality is that some of our rooms (particularly singles) are very limited and in very high demand.  Even though you may have a strong GPA and be an upper-class student (therefore having a relatively high GPA), there is no guarantee that other students do not have a higher RSN than you, and may therefore select rooms before you making them unavailable to you.


Q: What if I don’t like the room I had to select?

A: Students who are not happy with the room assignment they select during online room selection may submit a room transfer request through reslutions.pace.edu between May 1 and June 1. These requests will be reviewed throughout the summer, and as preferred accommodations become available (through the attrition we normally experience during the summer) we will reassign students according to the preferences they indicate.

In the past, we have been able to grant between 70% and 85% of the reassignment requests we receive during the summer, but we CANNOT guarantee that we can meet all requests. It is especially difficult to accommodate very specific preferences (e.g. "single only", or "Beekman Double only with a specific roommate"). The broader the preferences a student indicates, the more likely we will be able to reassign them during the summer.


Q: What if one or more of my roommates cancels their housing during the summer?  Will I be notified?  Who will take their place, and can I have a different friend move into that spot?

A: When student cancels housing, we do not notify their roommates.  It is expected that once you learn the name(s) of your roommate(s), whether you selected a room with them or were placed with them, that you will remain in communication with them through the summer in the event that their plans (or yours) change.  As other students cancel their housing during the summer, we accumulate vacant beds throughout our residence halls, but we do not assign any new or waitlist students to vacant beds until the end of July.  We use these beds to accommodate assignment change requests by returning students.  If you become aware of a vacancy in your room and wish for someone specific to move into that space, you and that person should complete a room transfer request at reslutions.pace.edu.  We work on transfer requests ALL SUMMER to do everything we can to ensure that students have the roommates they want.  After August 1st, however, all vacant beds in all rooms will be used to assign new and waitlist students.  Specific roommate requests and room changes cannot be guaranteed after that date.


Q: If I am placed in the NYC Guaranteed Housing Pool, and once I am assigned a room, I do not like my roommate or room/building assignment.

A: If once you learn your room assignment and the identity of your roommate(s) you wish to change your assignment for any reason, you can complete a room transfer request at reslutions.pace.edu.  As other students cancel their housing during the summer, we accumulate vacant beds throughout our residence halls, but we do not assign any new or waitlist students to vacant beds until the end of July.  We use these beds to accommodate assignment change requests by returning students.  We work on transfer requests ALL SUMMER to do everything we can to ensure that students have the roommates they want.  After August 1st, however, all vacant beds in all rooms will be used to assign new and waitlist students.  Specific roommate requests and room changes cannot be guaranteed after that date.


Q: What if no rooms are available when I pick?
A: Since the online room selection process is optional and will only be used by those who have linked with one or more roommates to fill entire rooms (with the exception of a very small number of students with high Room Selection Numbers who are able to get single rooms), we do not expect that many people if anyone will be unable to choose a room during the online process.  In the unlikely event that during the online process we run out of rooms that are the right size for your group, all members of your group will default into the Guaranteed Housing Pool, and will be placed into a room by a housing staff member. 


Q: What if I am in class when my room selection appointment occurs?
A: You can participate in room selection any time AFTER one of three room selection appointments. It will be accessible every night from 7PM to 9AM the following morning, starting on Monday April 11th through April 13th (It will not be accessible between the hours of 9AM and 7PM to allow the housing office access).

Also, if you are part of a pair or larger group of students who have linked housing applications, one of the others in your group can select for you at the appointed time.


Q: I am graduating in May 2017and I received a Room Selection Number, was I supposed to?
A: Yes, ALL current residents in housing received a Room Selection Number, regardless if you are graduating or not. The Office of Housing and Residential Life wants to ensure that anyone that is currently placed in the residents halls will have the opportunity to go through the process if wanted. Some students will go on to graduate school or additional undergraduate work in the fall, and they remain eligible for housing. If you do not plan to be enrolled at Pace in the fall, you can simply disregard the selection process.


Q: I am a new student at Pace and transferred just this semester (Spring 2017) my credits haven’t been accepted from my other institution, can they?
A: Yes, they can. You make an appeal to Stacey Butler (sbutler@pace.edu) in order to have your outside credits count toward the calculation of your RSN (room selection number). It is useful to bring an academic transcript so that credits can be determined.  The deadline for this appeal is March 27th.


Q: I noticed that my credits I am taking for Spring 2017 don’t count towards my class standing, why?
A: Since you have not completed those courses and need a passing grade for those credits to count towards your class standing we only use credits acquired through Fall 2016.


Q: I live on the Pleasantville campus; can I select a room during the NYC process?
A: Yes, you may. You would go through the process like any one of our NYC residents. Once you submit your deposit at OSA, you complete the online application.  Just choose the NYC housing application and be sure to indicate NYC as your campus of choice. From that point on, you will receive emails and directions for how to complete the process just like all the other students participating in room selection.


Q: I currently don’t live in a residence hall at Pace, NYC or Pleasantville; can I go through Room Selection Process?
A: You may apply for housing, but you cannot participate in the online room selection process.  As long as you deposit and apply by May 3rd, you will be entered into the NYC Guaranteed Housing Pool, and assigned a room by the end of June.


Q: I have a medical need and I told someone in the Office of Housing and Residential Life, is that good enough?
A: No, you must complete the medical accommodations application process as outlined in the medical accommodations process.


Q: My class standing is higher than what the Office of Housing and Residential Life has listed, how do I go about changing that?
A: You must have some form of official documentation from Pace University that states you have a higher class standing or more credits that are not currently listed as part of your Room Selection Number. You make an appeal to Stacey Butler (sbutler@pace.edu) in order to have your outside credits count toward the calculation of your RSN (room selection number). It is useful to bring an academic transcript so that credits can be determined.  The deadline for this appeal is March 27th.


Q: Which semester are cumulative GPAs generated from in order to create my Room Selection Number?
A: All cumulative GPAs have been taken as of the end of the Fall 2016 semester.


Q: If I am not in good financial standing with the Office of Student Assistants and/or the Financial Aid Office can I go through Room Selection Process?
A: No, you must be in good standing with both offices. Please contact and work with those offices directly to bring your account(s) to good standing.


Q: What are my chances of getting a single? A double? 
A: We do not make predictions about the odds of any one student (or group of students) being able to select the kind or room they want and/or the building of their choice. That being said, certain types of premium rooms (singles, doubles, etc.) tend to be selected early by those with the highest room selection numbers, and are therefore less likely to be available later in the process.


Q: If I pick my room during Room Selection Process but then change my mind, how do I cancel my housing application?
A: You need to submit a Housing Cancellation Form. The Cancellation Form is available through the housing website, and through the housing office. The amount of your pre-payment (deposit) that is refunded to you (if any) is based on WHEN you submit this form. The earlier housing is cancelled, the greater a percentage of the deposit will be refunded.  Please note that the housing office will begin processing cancellations on June 1; students who cancel will not receive refunds of their deposits until after that date


Q: If I am in the Honors Program, is there special consideration for my placement?
A: Yes.  Honors students can work with the Honors Program staf in the Honors Office on March 28, 29 and 30th to be placed on the honors floor. Honors students are not required to live on these floors but if they wish to do so, they will have the option to select their room in person through this special process. Only honors students will be eligible to reserve rooms on these floors. These floor will be supported programmatically by the honors program, just as the honors floors in 182 Broadway and Maria’s Tower are.


Q: How do I connect to a roommate for the room selection process?
A: Please review the "MyHousing" information on the Room Selection Details and Application Process Section of the Room Selection webpage.


Q: What if I require medical Accommodations
A: Please review the medical accommodations process section of the Room Selection webpage.


Q: What theme floor options are available to returning students?
A: Please review the "Theme Floors" information on the Housing Options Section of the Room Selection webpage.