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Room Draw Glossary of Terms

 

Here are some commonly used terms in the Room Draw process, along with their definitions.  If you hear language that you don't understand, and it's not explained here, send an email to reslife@brynmawr.edu and we'll update the page with the answer to your question.

 

Bi-Co Exchange: the process by which Bryn Mawr students and Haverford students can apply to live on each other's campuses

Closed: the term used to refer to a dorm that is no longer available to be chosen by an individual of a particular class year; when the quota for a particular class reaches zero, the dorm "closes" and no additional members of that class may choose that dorm

Dorm Draw: the process of choosing a dorm; dorm draw happens over the course of two evenings: the first for rising juniors and seniors, the second for rising sophomores; individuals choose a dorm on the basis of priority numbers

Hall Group: a collection of rooms that are clustered in a single location within a dorm

Hall Group Card: the card that must be completed by each member of a group of students that wishes to be included together in the Hall Group Draw

Hall Group Draw: the process of selecting hall groups; the draw occurs in one evening and requires pre-registration by completing a hall group card; the Hall Group Draw occurs immediately prior to the Multiple Occupancy Draw, which is held on the same evening

High: describes a priority number that is nearer to the beginning of the priority list than another number; for instance, the number 12 is higher than the number 32, which is higher than the number 216

Housing Sign-Up Card: the card that every Bryn Mawr College undergraduate student must sign to live on campus in the upcoming year; the sign-up card is the housing agreement between Bryn Mawr College and each individual student

Low: describes a priority number that is farther from the beginning of the priority list than another number; for instance, the number 280 is lower than the number 126, which is lower than the number 54

Multiple-Occupancy Card: the card that must be completed by each member of a group of students that wishes to be included together in the Multiple-Occupancy Draw

Multiple-Occupancy Draw: the process of selecting multiple-occupancy rooms; the draw occurs in one evening and requires pre-registration by completing a multiple-occupancy card; the Multiple-Occupancy Draw occurs immediately after the Hall Group Draw, which is held on the same evening

Multiple-Occupancy Room: a room that houses more than one person

Open House: a time for room draw participants to tour rooms on campus

Priority Number: a number randomly assigned to each Bryn Mawr College undergraduate student within her class year; priority numbers establish the order of all draws, with the exception of hall group draws

Proxy: a student who participates in the Room Draw process on behalf of another student

Pull Up: the term used to refer to the action of drawing into a multiple-occupancy room with another student, whose number is later in the priority list; for example: a senior with priority number 27 can "pull up" a sophomore with number 216 into a double

Quota: sometimes referred to as "class quota," the quota establishes how many individuals of each academic year are able to live in each dorm

Room Draw: the process of selecting rooms for the upcoming academic year; the process contains several steps, including hall group/multiple-occupancy draw, dorm draw and room selection

Room Selection: the process of choosing a specific room, which occurs after Dorm Draw is complete

Room Trade: the process of trading rooms between students once Room Draw is complete

Wait List: the list of students who have not chosen a room after Room Draw is complete; students on the wait list will be housed by the Office of Residential Life over the summer