Priority Drawing

Draw Your Number

The Priority Number dictates whether a student is able to select a room during Room Selection and, if eligible, what time he/she can select a room. Every student who completes the application process will need to draw a number in the Priority Drawing. Guaranteed and non-guaranteed students will draw from separate sets of numbers. To draw your number, you must log back in to the online system on either Monday, March 7th or Tuesday, March 8th from 8 AM to midnight. Remember, each student must draw his/her own number. Also keep in mind that the numbers are drawn at random, so drawing earlier does not improve your odds. If you do not draw a priority number, a number higher than those used in the Priority Drawing will be assigned to you by the Student Housing Office.

Results from the drawing will be available on Friday, March 11th in the Student Housing Online Services portal via MyLmu. All students with a Guaranteed status, who completed the application process, will receive an appointment time based on the number drawn in the Priority Drawing (or the number assigned to them by Student Housing if they did not draw a number). How early your appointment time is will be based on the lowest number drawn by any member of your roommate group. All continuing students with a Non-Guaranteed status, who completed the application process, will either receive an appointment time based on their group's lowest number or will be placed on the waitlist according to their individual number. You can return to your online application to find out your appointment time for Room Selection or your number on the waitlist.

What Your Number Means

The lowest number drawn by any member of your roommate group becomes your group’s priority number. It is used to determine if and when the group may select a room during Room Selection. The lower the number, the earlier your appointment time will be.

You have a greater chance of receiving a lower number if you are in a group of four than two and one respectively. In a group of four, there are four chances of getting a low number; in a group of two, there are two chances of getting a low number; in a group of one, there is only one chance of getting a low number.

All students are required to draw a Priority Number. In a roommate group, the lowest Priority Number that is drawn becomes the group's priority number. This group number will determine the appointment time. For guaranteed students, the group number determines the appointment time. The lower the number, the earlier the appointment time will be. For non-guaranteed students, the Student Housing Office will announce a cut off number. If the group number is lower than the cut off number, the group will get an appointment time. If the group number is greater than the cut off number, the group will not receive an appointment time. The members of the group will instead be placed on a waitlist according to their individual priority number.

Scenario: Guaranteed students enter drawing

Anne and her best friend Suzy are both guaranteed housing and decide to form a roommate group. Anne draws #120 and Suzy draws #685. They will receive an appointment time based on Anne's #120 since it is the lower number of the two. Once the drawing results are posted, Anne and Suzy log back in to their online application and find out that their appointment is at 4:45 pm on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Suzy has class on Tuesdays and cannot make the appointment. She and Anne can wait until they are both free after her class and choose a room together. If Suzy is the group leader, Anne must wait for Suzy to choose a room because only the group leader can choose a room for the group. If Anne is the group leader, she may log in at the appointment time and choose a room both she and Suzy agree on.

About the Waitlist

Some students who have a Non-guaranteed status will not receive an appointment time based on the results of the drawing. These students will be automatically placed on a waitlist according to their individual priority number drawn and will be assigned to on-campus housing as soon as a space becomes available. If these students decide that they no longer want on-campus housing, they must fill out the "Housing License Agreement Release Request Form" found in Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU. If a Non-Guaranteed student cancels before he/she is assigned housing, the $400 processing fee may be credited to his/her student account.

Non-Guaranteed students who do not receive an appointment time will be placed on a waitlist for Student Housing according to their individual priority number from the drawing. They will NOT be placed according to the lowest group number. When space becomes available to students on the waitlist, it is for one individual at a time. Therefore, it is important that students are kept as individuals and not groups on the waitlist.

The waitlist is maintained throughout the summer. Students are assigned to housing from the waitlist as space becomes available. The $400 processing fee can be credited to a student's account if they cancel from the waitlist before being assigned on-campus housing. In order to cancel from the waitlist, students will need to complete the "Housing License Agreement Release Request Form" found in Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU. Once a room assignment is made, the $400 fee cannot be refunded for any reason. Also, keep in mind that there is a cancelation deadline of 30 days prior to the start of the fall semester. Students are not able to cancel their housing assignments after the cancelation deadline and will be obligated to the full housing charges for the academic year. Please complete the "Housing License Agreement Release Request Form" found in the Forms section of Student Housing Online Services to request to cancel your housing assignment and/or placement on the waitlist.

Scenario: Non-Guaranteed Students With High Numbers

Shawn and his three friends will be juniors next year so they are not guaranteed housing. By forming a group of four, they gave themselves four chances at drawing a low enough number to get housing. During the drawing, Shawn drew #433, Carlos drew #1164, Tim drew #560, and Derrick drew #710. Unfortunately, none of their numbers were low enough to get an appointment time. They are placed on a waitlist according to their individual numbers. Shawn becomes #433 on the waitlist, Carlos becomes #1164, etc. During the summer, Shawn is assigned housing when a student cancels his Leavey 5 room assignment so Shawn decides to live on campus while the rest of his former group continues to wait on the waitlist or search for housing off campus.

Later that week, Shawn's former group members Carlos, Tim, and Derrick find an apartment off-campus. They each fill out the online cancelation form found in Student Housing Online Services to cancel their request and be taken off the waitlist. Since they canceled before they were assigned, they each had the $400 housing processing fee credited to their student accounts.

If Shawn decides to cancel his on-campus housing assignment in order to live with his friends, he must do so before the deadline and he will forfeit the $400 processing fee because he has already been assigned on-campus housing.