Rising Sophomores

The majority of rising sophomores (students with less than 3 semesters completed living on campus by the end of the Spring term) will select housing during the summer into traditional double rooms as well as any remaining single rooms. Rising sophomores have the opportunity to apply for Residential Learning Communities during the Spring semester. Rising sophomores will also be able to apply for block housing (a process by which 3-6 individuals may apply to live in rooms in a cluster near each other).

Rising juniors and seniors are given priority for Emerson Hall, singles, and apartment spaces. Rising sophomores will be given priority for spaces in West Tower, Boothroyd, and co-ed door spaces in the Terraces. Rising sophomores will also have a limited ability to participate in apartment selection if they are part of a junior or senior group (for more information see Upper Years room selection). All assignments will be final until the fall wait list becomes available at the start of the fall semester.

If you have a special need for housing, learn more about our Housing Accommodation processes.

Open Housing

Rising sophomores interested in living with a person of another gender can do so through creating a mixed gender roommate/apartment-mate group. Open Housing spaces will be available in co-ed by door Terraces, Emerson Hall, and the Circle and Garden apartments.

Block Housing

Rising Sophomores interested in living in a block of 3-6 people may submit an online application (via the Housing Portal) requesting a housing block.

Block housing requests will be assigned first by the average semester standing of the group and then by priority number. Groups will be notified of their housing assignment or if their request could not be met via email. All assignments will be final until the Fall wait list process begins in late August.

In order to facilitate engaging residence hall communities each year, only one Block Housing group is allowed per Emerson or Terrace wing.

Block Housing is a popular process and not everyone will be able to select their first choice. Historically, far more people request Emerson than there are blocks available. (Emerson offers a total of 6 blocks – meaning 6 Block Housing groups may select Emerson - whereas more selection options are available in the Terraces.)

Block Housing is available in the following options:

  • Groups of 3:
    • 1 triple room in Emerson Hall or the Terraces
  • Groups of 4:
    • 2 double rooms in Emerson Hall or the Terraces, or
    • 1 4-person room in Emerson Hall
  • Groups of 5:
    • 1 double and 1 triple room in Emerson Hall or the Terraces
  • Groups of 6:
    • 2 triple rooms in Emerson Hall or the Terraces, or
    • 1 double room and 1 4-person room in Emerson Hall

Circle and Garden Apartments

If all apartments are not selected by the end of the February apartment selection process for rising junior/seniors, a second selection may be offered, which will be available for all current students, including sophomores. During the second selection process, sophomores can make up 100 percent of the group.

Specialty Area Selection

Any returning student, including sophomores, can submit an application on the Housing Portal (via HomerConnect) to live in a Residential Learning Community. Awards for each community will be published on the Housing Portal. Students can select into other specialty areas based on space availability. Substance Free and Quiet Study require that residents sign an agreement. Please see Important Dates for application due dates and selection.


First priority for single rooms are given to juniors and seniors. All singles remaining after junior and senior selection will be available to rising sophomores. If you believe you have a special need for a single, please refer to the Housing Accommodation processes.

Summer Selection

Details about the summer selection process and relevant dates will be published later in the Spring semester.