Summer and Orientation Lottery (2002) Results






Summer Lottery Results


      967 students entered preferences (868 on-line)

      Students were required to rank all 16 options

      In the summer lottery, the results are as follows:

-       Men:  63% received their first choice, 20% their second, 17% their third, less than 1% their fourth.

-       Women:  78% received their first choice, 18% their second, 4% their third.

      NOTE:  Tying issue?


Based on the summer preferences, the individual Dorms fall into three "clusters" of "popularity."  Clusters are a useful way to look at the data because ???


The first cluster are buildings that ???:  Simmons, Burton-Conner, MacGregor, and Baker.  The second cluster are buildings that???:  Next House, East Campus, and New House.  The third cluster are buildings that??:  Random, Bexley, and Senior House.  McCormick doesn't fit any pattern (explain).


Given that this year represents a significant change in that students generally made their decision based upon information other than direct experience living and interacting with the students in the residence, it is useful to look at the clusters as they existed in 2001's orientation lottery.  Keep in mind that Simmons opened, Next House went RBA, and both Next and MacGregor had a significant increase in the number of first-year beds.  The clusters are the same except that Next House moves up to the first cluster, Burton-Conner moves down to the second, and East Campus moves down to the third.  Because McCormick was all RBA, no data was present in the 2001 lottery.


Orientation Adjustment Lottery Results


751 students were eligible to enter the Adjustment Lottery (Next House and McCormick, due to RBA, were not eligible except for 10 students living in Next).  What about Cultural Houses??  Of this,

      61% entered the lottery to keep their summer assignment.

      21% did not enter the lottery (thereby squatting)

      6% preferenced one building above their summer assignment

      4% preferenced two buildings above their summer assignment

      8% preferenced three buildings above their summer assignment (this was the maximum number allowed).

Meaning a total of 140 students requested an alternate assignment (the remainder squatted).  Of the 140 that requested a move, it is useful to look at what percentage of students assigned over the summer asked to move out of a building and what number of students entering the Orientation Lottery asked to try to move into a building.




After students had the opportunity to visit campus, while individual student preferences changed, overall, with the exception that MacGregor and B-C switched places in order, building "popularity" did not change.


Who Moved, Who Could Not in the Orientation Adjustment Lottery





Feedback Survey Data


What is "Contentedness"?  Why is the measure useful?




Are our students "Content" after the 2002 Residence Selection Process?


Remind of the "success" of the summer lottery.

Review the %  of those that entered OAL

75% of students that ranked three buildings above their summer assignment lottery in the OAL were reassigned.

Of all students that requested a move, if they were reassigned, 74% got their first choice of a reassignment.

Only 14 students that were discontented enough to rank three buildings above their initial summer assignment AND were not reassigned in the OAL.









Feedback Survey Data


In both the summer and orientation adjustment lotteries, students were asked to respond to a series of questions related to their satisfaction with the residence selection process and to gaining some insight into their decision making process.  Participation was very high.  In the summer lottery, of 22 questions asked, 16 had at least 800 respondents (there were 983 first-year students).  In the Orientation Adjustment Lottery, of 22 questions asked, 19 had at least 500 (out of 751 students who were eligible to enter the lottery). 


Satisfaction with MIT's residence selection process

Overall, students were "somewhat satisfied" with selection process (inclusive of both lotteries).  Squatters in OAL reported higher satisfaction than non-squatters (.5 difference on a 1-4 scale).  Squatters were significantly more satisfied with feeling welcomed than non-squatters (.5 on a 1-4 scale).  Students requesting to move from Bexley and Senior House were significantly less satisfied than other Dorms.


Factors in Preferencing Buildings

To help us to understand what factors are important in student decision making, the following question was asked during both lotteries:  "Please rate the importance of each of these factors in making your Orientation Adjustment Lottery decisions."  12 possible factors were listed.


In the Summer Lottery, "Social Atmosphere," "Building Facilities and Services," and "Location" were the most important factors.  "Opportunities to participate in Cultural Houses/RBA," "Cost," and "Availability of Room Squatting" were the most unimportant factors.  During the "Orientation Adjustment Lottery," the results are similar to the summer lottery, with the following notable exceptions:

      "Friends Made" and "Experience Visiting" become important factors.

      There was little difference between the results of "squatters" and "non-squatters" in the Orientation Lottery, except that non-squatters rated "Health/Allergy Considerations," "Building Services and Facilities," and "Experience Visiting" as significantly more important than squatters did.  These factors are a beginning point for examining why students chose to move instead of staying in their building.


Usefulness of information in making a decision

Students were asked to rate the importance/usefulness of sources of information in making their lottery preference decisions.  Only the Guide to First-Year Residents rated as a very important source of information in either lottery.  In the summer lottery, "Discussion with Current/Former Students," "the I3 CD," and "CPW" rated as somewhat important.


During the Orientation Adjustment Lottery, only two of the four factors listed rated as somewhat important and, in both cases, their rating was below the rating received by all the sources of information listed in the summer lottery paragraph above.  Those two factors were "Other Orientation Activities/Experiences" and "Individual Residence Hall Events (Monday night and Tuesday afternoon).