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Penn State Seeks Student Feedback On Housing Contract Process Redesign

Penn State Housing is planning a redesign of the housing contract lottery process and will hold a forum Friday from noon to 3 p.m. on the second floor of Findlay Commons to discuss ideas and hear feedback from students.

The current system is a multiple-phase process where students submit housing preferences in the fall and hear back through a number of rounds from late November to early January. They then have a week to accept or decline if they’re offered a contract for the upcoming year.

All incoming freshmen are guaranteed a housing contract.

“On Friday, we will be gathering student input about the current process (what they like/do not like about the system, what influenced their choices, how roommates play into their decision making), and will be asking about thoughts for a redesign,” Penn State Housing Director of Ancillary Services Jennifer Garvin said via email.

A new plan isn’t yet set in stone, so the university hopes to hear feedback from the student community on its ideas to help shape a more student-friendly process for on-campus housing contracts after freshman year.

“Although we have some thoughts about what we can/cannot do with this project, student input will help guide us in the direction to match students’ preferences,” Garvin said.

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Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.


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