2016-17 New Admit Assignment Updates

Throughout the summer assignment process for 2016-17, this page will be updated to show you what contract date we have reached. When your assignment will be made depends on your contract date, gender, smoking status, Learning Community Participation, roommate requests, and housing-type eligibility.

Contract Reached Dates as of: July 28, 2016
Contract Type Female Male
New Admit Freshman 07/13/16 All done
New Admit Transfer All done All done
Family All done All done
Returners ** All done All done

With almost 12,500 students to house, the contracting and assignments process is a complicated one, needing to accommodate all students in a fair and reasonable way. During this process new freshman and transfer assignments are made first, followed by continuing student assignments. Family assignments are made as space becomes available in designated family housing locations.

Newly Admitted Student Assignments - Assignments for newly admitted freshman and transfer students are made beginning in late-May and continue throughout the summer. More information on this process can be found on our New Student Contact page.

** Returning Student Assignments 
  • Assignments for Returners began with the Recontracting process. This process gave current on-campus residents priority for assignments. A Returner had to participate in this process to receive housing for fall 2016. February 14, 2016 was the last day a Returner could submit a 2016-17 contract.

Unassigned FAQs

Why didn’t I receive an assignment?
Due to the increased retention and strong enrollment, campus will be very full this fall! We are still in the process of making assignments and will continue through the summer. The date that your Housing Contract is received determines your assignment priority. If you don’t have an assignment right now, it means we haven’t reached your contract date yet.
When will I receive an assignment?
We began accepting 2016-17 Housing Contracts in June 2015 – more than a year in advance of fall 2016! The later you submitted your contract, the longer it will take for us to make your assignment. Generally, contracts received after December 1, 2015 are considered “late.”
We will continue to process cancellations and assignments throughout June and July. When we will make your assignment depends on when we receive cancellations and the date your contract was received. We believe that we will have the majority of assignments made by August 1.
Do I have any options for receiving an assignment earlier?
There may be space available in Learning Communities. Learning Communities are small groups of students who share classes, living space, and close friendships as part of a cooperative learning program. Most Learning Communities have eligibility and participation requirements, so this option isn’t for everyone. If you were already interested in a Learning Community, this might be a good time to pursue that option.
How will I know when I have received an assignment?
As soon as we have made your assignment, we will send you a notification postcard via U.S. Mail to the address you have on file with the University. If you don’t have an address on file, we will send you an e-mail. Additionally, once your assignment is made, it will be available for you to view in AccessPlus, https://accessplus.iastate.edu/.
What if I don’t get my first choice?
We will try to assign you within your preferences, but we can’t make that guarantee. If your assignment is not within your preferences, it is likely because those options were full when we reached your contract date. Once you receive your assignment, you can use AccessPlus Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 2 - July 17, to view available rooms and change your assignment online.
Can I cancel my contract?
If you decide to cancel, please know that the Housing Contract is a legally binding document between you and the DOR for both housing and dining services. All cancellations must be in writing.  For specific cancellation details, please visit our Cancellation website.