While most lottery winners can win up to a million dollars, winners of the Elon University’s housing lottery win the chance to choose where they live next school year.

Elon’s Residence Life implemented the new lottery based housing process this year, where students receive random times to register for their future housing.

This significant new change alters the previous GPA based housing process, where students with the highest GPA would be allowed to choose their housing first.

This change doesn’t affect all students at Elon. According to the Residence Life website, “rising sophomores will be given a random sign up time for housing selection instead of the HPN (semesters multiplied by GPA).”

The Housing Priority Number (HPN) process has been in use for the past several years, but now will only apply to rising juniors and seniors.

This lottery system was a big change, but Residence Life maintained the policy that, “the person with the earliest time will still be able to pull in roommates,” according to the website.Many students feel that sophomores saw the greatest impact in this change.

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Freshman Nicole Marici, was directly affected by the housing change. Marici was hoping for an off-campus apartment next year, but is now set to live in a flat on the first floor of Danieley J.

“I was really disappointed and not angry, but kind of mad,” Marici said. “People who work very hard for their grades, and probably study more, need more time for quietness. Really that whole entire thought was neglected by the process.”

This new plan is set to be in place for the next several years, a switch back to the previous GPA-based process is unlikely.

“Having this plan for the next three years is probably not ideal for me,” Marici said. “I’m obviously going to keep my GPA up anyways because it is more important than just housing, but I don’t really know what I would do because it’s just random.”

In a Feb. 17 interview, MarQuita Barker, senior associate director of Residence Life, defended the new process, explaining that it was done in the best interests of the students.

According to Barker, several student groups have offered feedback regarding the equality of the GPA based housing process.

“GPA, while an important measure used in academics, is not necessarily an indicator of student effort or success and does not need to be tied to the housing selection process,” Barker said. “In other words, because a student has a higher GPA, it does not mean they should necessarily choose housing first.”

While the grievances of the student groups that talked to Barker have now been addressed, others are finding more issues with the new system. Freshmen Morgan Behrens is one of them.

“I really didn’t enjoy the change from the GPA system to the random system,” Behrens said. “It kind of made it more difficult for me and my roommates.”

At first, Behrens was hoping to live in a four-person suite in The Oaks, but after the random housing registration, she is now set to live in a four-person doubles apartment in Danieley C. This caused Behren’s previous disgruntlement to transform into anger.

“I was angry, I work really hard to have a good GPA and I know that others do,” Behrens said. “It would be nice to have an award for that, but they kind of took that away.”

While many freshmen struggled through the housing process this year, Barker believes that it is best practice for Elon to maintain the change.

“This process will be more equitable for all students,” said Barker.

According to Barker, other reputable schools such as Duke, William & Mary and Wake Forest have also used the same random housing registration process.