Reapplication begins for high demand on campus housing

HAMMOND, LA- Southeastern’s University Housing will begin their annual reapplication campaign for the Fall 2013 semester on February 18 and continue accepting applications from returning students through March 15.

“Students who want to have an involved college experience should consider living on campus, becoming a Resident Assistant or getting involved in Hall Council,” said Amanda Robbins, Assistant Director for Residential Life.  “Studies indicate that students who live on campus have higher GPAs and have a higher satisfaction rate with their college experience. The experiences will create positive memories and build alumni connections to last a lifetime.”

Reapplication this semester will involve one major change in the process.

“Because of a high demand for on-campus apartments, this year we are implementing a separate process for students who currently reside in Southeastern Oaks,” said Robbins. “They will be given the opportunity to claim their spaces for the fall semester on February 18 and 19. The University Housing office staff will be set up in the commons area to make it more accessible to students who reside there.”

All other students will be sent instructions on how to reapply using their LEONet account.

“We also offer specific communities, such as Greek communities, communities for our Honors students, and in the fall we will be introducing a community for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors,” said Robbins.

Students should familiarize themselves with the different housing options and list their top three preferences on the application. After they have applied for housing, students will need to submit their pre-payment before their application is considered complete. Pre-payment is due by May 17.

Students will be reassigned according to their “priority date,” and every consideration will be made to accommodate their requests. Students receive their priority date based on when their application is considered completed, which includes payment of any applicable housing fees.

“We will be beginning a large marketing campaign on February 18 with our current students, including a kick-off party, RA floor meetings, flyers, t-shirts and more,” said Angelique McIntyre, Assistant Director for Operations.

Future students apply through their LEONet account. Students who would like to apply for housing must first be officially accepted into the university, and the deadline to apply for fall housing without a late fee is June 15. New applicants are also assigned based on their priority date. If there are no openings when the student’s priority date is reached, the student is given the option to keep his or her housing application current until a space becomes available.

University Housing strives to provide students with convenience, community and connections.

“Students are close to on-campus activities and their classes. Also, room rates are all-encompassing, and students do not have to pay rent, utilities, etc. Everything is included in the semester rate,” said Robbins. “University Housing strives to build a community among its residents with a welcoming environment. Students who live on campus are more likely to connect to another student in their area of discipline or faculty because of the proximity to campus.”

In addition, University Housing attempts to offer students a wide variety of options, including extra activities.

“Our contemporary residence halls offer students more privacy than traditional residence halls,” said McIntyre. “Departmental programming and Hall Council efforts have produced large programs for everyone who lives on campus, such as ‘Battle of the Halls,’ ‘Octoberfest’ and ‘Fais Do Do Crawfish Boil,’ among many others.”

Southeastern students should take all of the options that University Housing has to offer into consideration and keep in mind all important dates regarding reapplication.

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