Online Room Draw & Campus Housing Eligibility

Room Draw is the way in which students pick their room for the following year. If you are interested in how Room Draw works, a series of information sessions are held each spring.

Room Draw 2016

Online Room Draw Tutorial

Please visit and click on Online Room Draw.  After signing in, a PowerPoint is available for all students interested in learning how to participate in Online Room Draw.

Feel free to email Joseph Melendez ( if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Online Room Draw Dates

Access Room Draw via (click on "Online Room Draw" on the main page and use your regular My.Whittier credentials). Rooms are available in Turner, Ball, and Wanberg Residence Halls. Please clear outstanding balances prior to Spring Break or early April before participating in Room Draw.  Students with any business office holds will not be able to participate in Online Room Draw.

Online Room Draw is only available 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  during the following dates:

April 13


April 14


April 15

First-Year Students

April 16/17

Make Up Day (available all weekend)

April 18

Res Life Room Draw Hold

Email Joseph Melendez ( for a step-by-step instruction video on how to participate in Online Room Draw.

A student is ineligible to participate in Room Draw if he/she:

  • Is assigned special interest housing (i.e. Harris Special Interest Housing) or Arbor Ridge housing.
  • Has a business hold. The student must clear the hold and obtain a release from the Business Office.

If you have any questions about the online Room Draw process, please call Residential Life at 562.907.4223.

Arbor Ridge Housing Selection Process 2016

Arbor Ridge Apartments falls under Whittier College housing and is subject to all campus policies. Students interested in applying to live at Arbor Ridge should take note of the following application schedule:

February 2

Informational session @ Residential Life Office, 8:00 p.m.
Applications are available by clicking here.  Applications will only be accepted starting after the informational session. Please click here for the Arbor Ridge contract.

March 4

Deadline for applications
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All applicants must submit an application online.

March 7 – 11

Applicant interviews 
Interviews will be conducted only if the selection committee deems it necessary. Students invited to interview will be notified via email.

March 22

Decision emails sent to applicants
All applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have been accepted into Arbor Ridge housing. 

March 28

Confirmation of acceptance and deposit due by 5 p.m.

Harris Housing Selection Process 2015

Harris Residence Halls are made up of eight communities known as Special Interest Housing (SIH). The purpose of SIH is to make a positive difference in the lives of its residents by providing a supportive community as students build a safe living-learning environment, embrace cultures different than their own, and support academic success. With the support of a Resident Advisor and community norms, SIH promotes understanding, respect, leadership and education.

Harris A is not designated as specific communities, and therefore, goes through Room Draw. Harris B is a 24 hour quiet community and also goes through the Room Draw process. You do not need to fill out an application to live in either of these buildings.

Harris C and Harris D are only available through the application selection process below.  Just because you apply to live in Harris does not mean your community will be accepted, as there are limited spaces available. 

Gender inclusive housing can be accommodated in Harris by filling out the application below. This environment allows members to room together regardless of sex or gender. All restrooms are open to all genders. More information can be found in the application.  Any questions should be directed to Tea at

February 1

Online application open
Special Interest Housing (SIH) applications are available HERE.
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) applications are available HERE.

February 28

Deadline for applications
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. A Community Member Excel Sheet must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m.

March 11

Decision emails sent to community leaders
All community leaders will be notified via email whether or not their community has been accepted

March 31

Confirmation of acceptance due by 5 p.m. 
All community leaders must submit a floor plan of all community members to the Office of Residential Life.

Community Guidelines:

  • Communities are required to participate with RA events both semesters
  • Community members will be required to participate in SportsFest and provide captains
  • Community members must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College

Living Off Campus

Please see our policies for students who wish to live off campus