Returning Resident Process



Continue your Journey as a Pioneer in Student Housing and Residence Life. We encourage our current residents to participate in the Returning Resident Process to reserve a space for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. Current residents will have priority over non-residents during this limited time. However, spaces and will be designated based on classification. Housing for Fall 2021 will not be on a first-come-first-serve basis. All those who complete their contract during the Returning Resident Process will be eligible to receive a lottery number to participate in the Room Selection Process. Please see below for more details. 


Lottery Room Selection Process

  1. Those who have completed the application and contract during the designated period will receive an email notifying them if they have been placed on the waitlist or if they will be able to participate in the Room Selection Process.
    • Those participating in the room selection process will be given a lottery time. Residents will be able to log into the housing portal anytime during or after their lottery time to select their room space.
    • Lottery Room Selection times are NO LONGER assigned based on the date and time of contract submission. 
    • After the application & contract period has ended, all completed contracts will be entered into a lottery number system.  The assignment of lottery numbers is NOT based on first-come, first-served, but will be randomly generated by the database. 
  2. During your assigned lottery time you may log into the housing portal and complete the room selection process.
    • Every fifteen (15) minutes additional residents will be able to access the student housing portal to select their room space. If you log in after your assigned time, this will reduce your chance of receiving your first preference.
    • Those who are given a lottery time and do not participate in the room selection process may be manually placed in a room based on space availability or receive a waitlist letter.

Gender Open, Co-Ed, and Accessible Housing

  1. To best accommodate our diverse student population, we will continue to offer Gender Open and Co-Ed housing options.
  2. For those with accessibility needs, including service/emotional support animals, it is important that you complete self-identify in the housing portal, during the housing application and contract.

Important Information

  • The $40 nonrefundable application fee and a $500 initial payment are required to complete the contract.
  • Residents applying for summer 2021, who have submitted the $40 application fee for fall 2021, will not need to pay the additional $40 for the summer application.
  • Virtual Tours: To give all students the opportunity to see their housing options for the upcoming year Student Housing has launched its first-ever virtual tours. Check out the links below:
  • Lottery Process: After the application & contract period has ended, all completed contracts will be entered into a lottery number system.  The assignment of lottery numbers is NOT based on first-come, first-served, but will be randomly generated by the database. 
  • Lottery Time: Indicates the date and time that a resident will be able to proceed in the process and select a room.

Application and Contract Process

  1. Application: Log on to the Student Housing Portal using your Net ID and password.
  2. Once you log on, follow the prompts through to completion.
  3. Contract: Once the application fee has been paid, the portal will redirect to the online contract
    • Complete all portions of the online contract.
    • Submit $500 initial payment through housing portal.
    • Electronically sign the contract to complete the process.
    • Note: Contract is not complete without initial payment.

For More Information

We will have two (2) Returning Resident Information Sessions to explain this process and to answer any questions you may have. We will also have an Open-House so you are able to view all the different housing types that are offered.

Checklist & Important Dates 

Important Dates

Important Dates




Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Information Session (Live Zoom)

12:15 PM

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Information Session (Live Zoom)

5:00 PM

Monday, March 1, 2021

Portal Opens for 2nd year

10:00 AM

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Portal Opens for 3rd year +

10:00 AM

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Application and Contracting Process Ends

5:00 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Room Lottery and Waitlist emails go out

End of Day

Monday, April 19, 2021

Room Selection Begins

10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Room Selection Ends

End of Day

Monday, May 3, 2021

Room Swap Begins

10:00 AM

Friday, May 7, 2021

Room Swap Ends

5:00 PM

Steps to take before you start the application and contract process:

  • Have your Net ID and password ready
  • Review the License Agreement
  • Understand the meal plan options
  • Know the important dates
  • Understand the different occupancy types to select occupancy preferences
  • Clear any past due balance
  • Have the required payments to complete your application and contract
    • $ 40.00 application fee
    • $ 500.00 initial payment
  • Methods of payment
    • Electronic check – no service fee
    • Credit/Debit Card – 2.75% service fee