Summer Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you applied for housing AFTER February 16 (priority deadline), you can expect to learn your room/roommate assignment June-August. As soon as our office makes an assignment, you will receive an email notification and will be able to view details in the Housing & Dining Portal.

If you applied for housing by February 16 and did not choose your own roommate, you will receive an email notification when a roommate has been assigned to the other open space in your room. This will happen June-August. If you do not see a roommate assignment, it means that it has not been assigned yet.

We will share information here in July 2024 for students interested in the possibility of changing their room/roommate assignment before move-in. Check back then!

Our rates are posted here.

Students who live with us get billed once per semester (once for fall semester, once for spring semester). Your housing and meal plan charges will post to your student account on E-services and if you are receiving financial aid, it will go towards living costs (depending on the size of your award package).

It should be pointed out that single rooms are always more expensive than double rooms, so if you're looking to save money, having a roommate is the way to go.

Technically, yes. Students who met the priority deadline (February 16) were eligible to choose their roommate. Applications received after that date are assigned to a room/roommate.

Your room will come furnished with all the basic furniture, including:

  • Adjustable lofted bed and mattress
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Dresser
  • Shared closet space
  • Window blinds
  • Sink in the room

What things will you need to bring?

Anything that is going to make your new room feel like home! This includes bedding, decor, pictures, electronics, clothing, etc. Check out our list of Things to Bring if you're looking for inspiration.

Futons, Fridges, & Microwaves

Most roommate pairs will bring a futon - make sure you discuss this before arrival so you don't accidentally show up with two futons! Futons should not be longer than 80 inches if you intend to put it under your lofted bed.

Most roommate pairs will also bring a mini fridge. If each roommate wants a mini fridge and there's room for it, you can bring one (make sure it meets our guidelines on the Things to Bring page).

If you are living on main campus, there is a microwave in each floor kitchen, so having a microwave in your room may not be necessary (just depends on your preference). Stadium Heights apartments do not come with a microwave, so talk with your roommates to decide if one of you will be bringing one.

Meal Plan Comparison

While we can't tell you which one to pick, here's a few things to think about:

  • How flexible do you want your dining plan to be?
  • Will you eat most of your meals in the dining center?
  • Do you eat 3 meals per day?
  • Do you want to be able to eat at all locations across campus?

The most popular meal plan is the Anytime plan, because it lets you eat at the dining center anytime of day, as many times as you'd like!

If you want to be able to eat at various locations across campus, you'll need Dining Dollars, so you might look at the 14 Meals per Week, 160 Meals per Semester, or the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plans.

Side note: You can always purchase more Dining Dollars at any time of year online.

If you don't think you'll eat in the dining center very often, the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plan may work best for you. This plan may only be selected during the summer and fall meal plan change period. You will not be able to change to this plan for spring semester, unless you are moving to or living at Stadium Heights.

Meal Plan Selection Deadline

The deadline to choose your meal plan is Thursday, August 15. You can update your meal plan preference in the Housing & Dining Portal as many times as you'd like prior to this date.

If you do not choose a meal plan by this date, you will default to the Anytime plan if your room assignment is on main campus or the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plan if your room assignment is at Stadium Heights.

Meal Plan Changes

You will be able to change your meal plan during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semester.


There is no deadline to apply for a Learning Community, however, when a specific one fills up, it closes. There are a number of Learning Communities offered this year based on academic major or common interest.

You can be in a Learning Community and not live on the designated floor (choose your own housing). If you chose Learning Community Housing, you will be housed in Crawford, McElroy, and Preska I Hall renovated rooms.

Learning Communities website

Apply for a Learning Community

Contact the Director of Learning Communities