Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year Eligibility & Class Distribution
To participate in the annual Housing Sign-Ups process, you must be enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester AND be planning to return the upcoming academic year. Housing Sign-Ups for Next Year is fundamentally about housing for the immediate Fall semester, so students planning to study away-abroad for the Fall generally do not participate. However, the Spring semester might be part of a request to live on campus if it is a Flex-Triple request that spans both the Fall and Spring.
Note if you plan to study away-abroad next year:
- If you plan to be away-abroad for either semester, through the Global Education Office (aka Off Campus Programs Office), you should not be included in a request application for on campus during the Fall. We do not reserve any college housing for the semester in which you are abroad, so you should remove yourself from any request for housing in the Fall semester.
- The Flex-Triple option is available for the semester in which you will be on campus. This is highly recommended for reserving a place to land with friends for the Spring semester, after being away-abroad in the Fall. VK is not a Flex-Triple hall and is not a "triple" location for students going abroad in the Fall.
Each student in a group request contributes a point value (see below). It is up to each student to disclose his or her points to potential roommates, as this may affect the outcome of the request.
Points are based upon class standing (calculated by unit count), and are internally referenced to determine which types of housing and residence hall locations students qualify for. If a request is submitted by a student who does not qualify, the entire group will be ineligible for that type of housing. EXAMPLES: Only seniors can request off-campus by lottery, and only seniors and juniors can comprise a group to request GLC or Ocean View.
Group Points rather than Individual Standing
Priority is determined by the combined "standing" of the group, not by the individual with the highest class standing. Each student in the group contributes a point value derived by the combination of the total units earned (through Fall 2020) PLUS the number of units currently enrolled (for Spring 2021). Then, the points of all group participants are averaged to determine the point total for that group's request. Listed below are the classifications:
- Advanced seniors (108+ units): 5 points
- Current & rising seniors (92-107 units): 4 points
- Current & rising juniors* (59-91 units): 3 points
- Rising sophomores* (0-58 units): 2 points
*Any student who began Westmont as a first-year student in Fall 2020 will be considered a rising sophomore, regardless of unit total. So, a "first-year" is essentially a student who is attending college full-time after high school, and this is determined by the college upon entrance. It's meaning is not entirely units-based.
Distribution of classes in the halls
- UPPER CAMPUS: The entire incoming first-year class, and some rising sophomores, will reside on upper campus in Clark, Emerson and Page. Returning sophomores in Page may choose to live as a double or as a triple. As added incentive, sophomores living in Page are given additional consideration for a parking permit--please be sure to note this on your permit application! Some of the Page triple furniture will remain in the room, even if a double is granted. Juniors and seniors are NOT able to request Clark, Emerson, or Page.
- LOWER CAMPUS: All seniors and juniors and about half of the rising sophomores will reside on lower campus.
- VK & ARMINGTON: Juniors and some seniors will reside in VK and Armington; a small number of sophomores may also be able to reside in VK, after senior and junior groupings have been considered. Most sophomores will be in Armington or in one of the upper campus halls.
- GLC: Students who will be seniors by the end of the Spring 2021 semester have priority to request housing in the GLC. Advanced seniors will have highest priority. It is rare for juniors to get into the GLC. See Point System for description. Seniors who have studied abroad at some point during their time at Westmont, or are international students, or are Augustinian Scholars will be given some additional consideration for living in the GLC--as long as they are eligible to request GLC. NOTE: GLC requests may include juniors, but few juniors are able to get into GLC due to demand by groups with higher points (i.e. comprised of seniors only).
- OCEAN VIEW: Seniors and juniors have priority to reside in the off campus Ocean View apartments. Groups are considered by points, so senior groups (like the GLC) will receive higher consideration than groups with juniors.
- OFF CAMPUS: Students who will be seniors by the end of the Spring 2021 semester will have the option to apply to be one of the approximately 140 students to live off-campus, either at the Ocean View apartments or in non-Westmont housing.
- Table of approximate percentages of class distribution on campus: