Online Room Draw & Campus Housing Eligibility

Understanding the Online Room Draw

Room Draw is the process by which students pick their room for the following academic year. A series of information sessions are held each spring to familiarize students with the process.

Students who are unable to attend an information session can visit the Orientation Portal and click on Online Room Draw to view a PowerPoint presentation outlining the Room Draw process. A step-by-step instruction video can also be obtained by contacting Joseph Melendez in the Office of Residential Life.

Participating in the Online Room Draw

Students may access the Online Room Draw via the Orientation Portal. Click on Online Room Draw on the main page and use your regular My.Whittier credentials to gain access.

Dorm rooms are available in Turner, Ball, and Wanberg Residence Halls. 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. All outstanding balances must be cleared prior to Spring Break or early April in order to participate in Online Room Draw. The student must obtain a release from the Business Office once the hold has been cleared.

2016 Online Room Draw Dates

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

Questions regarding the Room Draw process may be directed to Joe Melendez via email or phone at 562.907.4878.

2016 Arbor Ridge Housing Selection Process

The Arbor Ridge Apartments are part of Whittier College housing and are subject to all campus policies. Students interested in living at Arbor Ridge should take note of the following application schedule:

February 2

Informational session @ Residential Life Office, 6:00 p.m.
Applications are available by clicking here.  Applications will only be accepted after the informational session. Please click here for the Arbor Ridge contract.

March 4

Application Deadline
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, including those not accepted into Arbor Ridge housing, will be notified via email.

March 28

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


2016 Harris Housing Selection Process

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 a special community and, therefore, goes through Room Draw. Harris B is a 24-hour quiet community and also goes through the Room Draw process. Applications do not need to be completed to live in either of these buildings.

Harris C and Harris D are only available through the application selection process below. Space is limited in Harris and submitting an application does not guarantee selection or acceptance. 

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 Bogue.

February 1

Online application open
Harris Community Housing Application 
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) Application

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 Whittier's policies for students who wish to live off campus