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Housing Selection Overview

Office of Residential Life
Spring Housing Selection Sign-Up

Housing selection, an annual process that occurs in the Spring semester, allows returning residents to select their rooms and choose roommates for the following academic year. Room selection for the 2021-22 academic year will begin on Tuesday, March 9, and end on Friday, March 12. The process is online through the Housing Self-Service Portal.

The information below provides an overview of the housing selection process. If you have additional questions, please contact your professional hall staff member or the Office of Residental Life at

Important Dates

  • February 1-March 1 — Students submit their housing contract, housing application, and form roommate groups online
  • March 2-4 —Students receive their housing selection date/time
  • March 9 — Greek Chapter Assigned Housing Selection
  • March 10-12 — General Housing Selection

Roommate Selection

Students can request and accept roommate invitations from February 1-March 1. Students will not be able to send/accept a roommate invitation if they have an unfavorable balance, have not signed their housing contract, and/or submitted a returning student housing application.

Because room selection can be unpredictable in terms of what will fill up first, you are encouraged to make several plans before your selection time. This includes how a roommate group will divide if a particular space is not available.

Students who do not have a roommate selected at the end of housing selection or who lose a roommate prior to Fall 2021 opening weekend will be consolidated with another Carthage student who is also without a roommate.

Returning Student Contract

Students who participate in the Spring housing selection process for the 2021-22 year sign a housing contract for the full academic year. After the contract is signed, students may not be released from their contract without meeting a residency exemption. Students who have a change in financial status are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Financial Services to request additional funding through an appeal process. Students who feel they have another extenuating circumstance that may warrant a release from their housing contract should reach out to the Office of Residential Life at

Please carefully review the contract before signing. The contract is legally binding and covers the entire 2021-22 academic year.

Housing Options and Room Types

Returning students will have the option of selecting traditional double rooms, triple rooms, and quad rooms in the following buildings:

  • Tarble Hall
  • Denhart Hall
  • Johnson Hall
  • Madrigrano Hall

Returning students will have the option of selecting a single room in the following buildings:

  • Tarble Hall (female students only)
  • Madrigrano Hall
  • Oaks Villas
  • The Tower

Returning students seeking a room with a private bathroom can find these options in the following buildings:

  • Tarble Hall
  • Denhart Hall
  • Johnson Hall
  • Oaks Villas
  • The Tower

For more information about the differential costs for housing types, view the Carthage Housing Rates 2020-21 document.

Selection and Residency Requirement

Housing selection times are determined by academic credit hours. Credit hours are based on the number of hours successfully completed. Credit hours in progress are not considered; however, credit hours that are transferred in do count toward the total. Selection times are posted on the Bridge, within the residence halls and below:

Sign-up Time
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Thursday, March 11, 2021 Friday, March 12, 2021
8 a.m. 126 and above 57 and above 20 and above
9 a.m. 118 and above 53 and above 17 and above
10 a.m. 106 and above 45 and above 12 and above
11 a.m. 98 and above 36 and above ALL
Noon 92 and above 32 and above Sign-up ends
1 p.m. 85 and above 28 and above  
2 p.m. 74 and above 24 and above  
3 p.m. 66 and above 21 and above  
4 p.m. 61 and above    

Carthage College has a residency requirement that requires students to live on campus until they reach senior standing. Senior standing is determined by academic credit hours. Once a student achieves senior standing, they may opt to live off campus the following academic year.

Students who have not achieved senior standing are required to live on campus unless they meet one of the stated exemption requirements:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 driving miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Have veteran status;
  • Ward of the court;
  • Financially independent from parents (according to federal financial aid guidelines)

If you wish to apply for an exemption from the residency requirement, please contact the Office of Residential Life at for details and an application. (Note: Exemptions for Fall 2021 should be submitted by March 1, 2021, for consideration. Students wishing to apply for an exemption for Spring 2022 should apply by Dec. 1, 2021).

After a housing contract is signed and a housing selection is made through the Spring selection process, students may request a release from the residency requirement due to a change in financial status or related to a medical or psychological condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. A request for a release from the residency requirement is subject to approval and is not guaranteed.

Housing Accommodation Process

Students requesting a housing accommodation based on a medical need should email to obtain an application. Submission of this form does not guarantee the accommodation will be provided. Additional documentation may be required and must be reviewed by the Housing Accommodations Committee before approval is warranted. If approved, students will receive a notification via their Carthage email. The deadline for housing accommodation for the Fall 2021 semester is March 1, 2021. Students applying for an accommodation through the Housing Accommodations Process should proceed through the Spring housing selection process. If approved for a housing accommodation, the Office of Residential Life will work directly with the student to update their housing assignment appropriately.

Note: Students who have previously applied and received housing accommodations must reapply annually for a housing accommodation. Housing accommodations are approved for one academic year.

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