Mar

21

Agony, Represented Numerically

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If you’re still crying after discovering your lottery number yesterday, this may not help: Housing just recently posted the master lists of lottery numbers by UNI and priority number. Accordingly, through the magic of science, Bwog has again whipped up a little calculator to help you quantify exactly how screwed you are, which we can represent mathematically by calculating the number of groups of the same size ahead of you. Just punch in your information, and prepare to cringe.


General Selection
Suite Selection

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75 Comments

  1. wait,

    this is seriously the best invention ever... or maybe it is that i just fawn over anything technological #humanitiesmajor

  2. SOBBING  

    This extinguished what little hope I still had...

  3. WHY, GOD, WHY  

    so many 6-person all-senior groups? all my devious plotting and interpersonal maneuvering, gone to waste... shitty senior year, here i come...

    • I did this instead of going to class  

      Really? I'm pretty sure there's the normal amount of 6-person all senior groups. It's pretty much on track for the trajectory they've been on for a while, with the exception of last year, which we all knew was a freak crazy anomaly anyway. If my math is right, all-singles suites should hang on until about 1700-1800, and the ones with one double should be around until like 2500 (but probably later as groups who refuse to suck it up and take the double drop to general\regroup), which is actually a little easier than it should be. Maybe my math is off, but it looks like 47 total suites - 12 spaces held out of lottery (actually likely to go down as groups move into the vacated brownstones) = 35 suites (plus the one in Hogan). And there's a total of 44 30-pt groups. So about 8 groups won't get 6-persons, which sounds about right to me.

      If anything, 6-person all-seniors have disproportionately good numbers, with 27/38 above 1500.

  4. Anonymous

    rising senior, lotttery number 656. what are my best (realistic) options in general selection? please and thank you.

    also, is it at all possible to choose from dorms normally reserved for suite selection that were for whatever reason not picked? does that only happen for summer transfer? how does that work?

    • Anonymous

      Nussbaum, Broadway, River, Harmony, Schapiro, and Wien should all be available to you. And that's the order I'd personally rank them, although opinions differ on the exact order among those first three. The holy grail of the Watt studio single is probably the only thing you can't get at this point. Good luck, brother.

  5. help!  

    Do you have the info for how many suites there are for each group size?

  6. confused  

    wait i'm a rising sophomore in a group with 7 other rising sophomores. how are there only 41 groups ahead of mine. what does that mean? i can't be the 42nd group of the whole school to pick a suite...

  7. Anonymous

    It'd be nice to be able to scroll down the list it generates on a smartphone.

  8. Anonymous  

    What does it mean when there's "General Selection!" next to the number listed. Are they ahead of me or not?

    • I was  

      wondering the same thing...I counted the groups in front of me and the number listed at the bottom only included suite selection, so I'm guessing general is not actually picking before my group (which makes sense since suite selection goes first anyway).

      • Brian  (Bwog Staff)  

        Yep! Suite Selection happens before general, so any groups flagged for general are picking after you (if you're in Suite Selection) and thus not counted.

  9. CC'13  

    what are my odds in all all senior 4-person, with 28 other groups ahead of us? i've said goodbye to the EC townhouses, but ruggles...?

  10. Anonymous  

    Does anyone know what the 5 person suite in Ruggles looks like? The housing floor plan doesn't show a 5 person suite, but cutoff history shows that there is one now...

  11. Anonymous  

    Can anybody in a Ruggles suite tell me what that extra room is next to the kitchen in the 8 person suites on this floor plan?

    The unmarked room in the upper right, next to the bathroom.

    housingservices . columbia . edu /files/housingservices/floorplans/ruggles/ruggles_4.pdf

  12. Oh yeahhh  

    6th to pick

  13. Anonymous

    I'm in an 8 person group, with lottery number 20/1619. We were hoping for an 8-person Ruggles but that seems pretty out of the question now. Is there any possibility of still getting Watt doubles if we regroup into twos? If not, what do we dooooooo??

    • Anonymous

      First of all, you might consider sacrificing a virgin or two in honor of the housing gods' decision to let juniors do regroup this year. Not all of us were so lucky in years past and had to drop straight to general selection (I'm looking at you, Wienies.) You might get lucky with Watt. Nussbaum doubles are definitely an option. Broadway singles (and definitely doubles) are within reach for you. Go to your appointment time with the intention of doubling up and see what's available; if you don't find anything you like then you can drop to general selection.

    • Anonymous  

      Yeah probably not. Unless they don't get taken in suite selection, which is pretty much impossible, you won't get Watt

  14. Anon3  

    in general, how many would drop to general selection? I'm in the general selection, and there are about 500 students ahead of me. Do I still stand a chance at getting a single? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      What year/priority number?

      • Anonymous

        Just kidding, it doesn't matter what year you are. Your chances of getting a single are quite slim. You might have to get a double, so starting thinking about who of your friends in general selection you wouldn't mind trying to get a "blind" double with.

        • similar situation  

          I don't think that's true... Looking at past cut-off history and the number of singles available, you could probably end up with a crappy single in McBain or Wien. However, at that point you may want a double in a better place rather than 70 sqft to yourself.

  15. Anonymous

    About how many 6-person suites are there on campus? If we're the 60th 6-person group to pick (as sophomores), what would that approximately leave open?

    • Sorry  

      You will not get a six person suite. No all-sophomore groups will get suites this year. Your best option (by far) is sophomore pair-up into McBain or Schapiro or something.

  16. Anonymous

    Will this update if groups decide to drop to general selection?

  17. lolol  

    look at all the 8 person freshies who thought they were gonna get ruggles

  18. Anonymous

    Wouldn't it be possible to develop a program that, if enough people from housing groups inputted their top 5-6 choices, could output which of your top choices you'd get (if any) or project which choices would still be available by the time you pick?

  19. Climax  

    @ that 30: 7 6-person group
    MOST BEAUTIFUL THING ONE COULD EVER HAVE

  20. Anonymous  

    Nothing. Pair off into doubles.

  21. Anonymous  

    We're doomed.

  22. Anonymous  

    Sooo, 30pt value, 6 person, 41 groups ahead of us. EC all singles out of our league?

  23. Anonymous  

    Anyone know how there could be a five person group with a point value of 26.6667?

  24. Just wondering  

    does group size matter for suite selection? Do groups of 6, for example, pick before groups of 4? Or is that just how this calculator happen to state things.

  25. Anonymous  

    Sophomore with lottery number ~2300. What's the chance of a single? When should we drop into general selection (went in as a group of 5)?

  26. Anonymous  

    how likely is furnald single with lottery no. within ~50 for a sophomore?

  27. Anonymous  

    How many all single five person suites are taken up by special interest groups?

  28. Anonymous  

    what's the chance of a group of 3 sophomores with 12 groups before them getting a suite?

  29. Anonymous  

    Quick question from a group of 6 sophomores. Does sophomore pair-up mean that we choose during suite selection (i.e. before general selection)?

  30. Anonymous  

    Nevermind, just read Bwog's summary. We won't be dropping down.

  31. hi  

    7 person rising sophomore group with only 8 groups before ours... can we get a claremont 7 person suite?

  32. Anonymous  

    Whoever the hell programs for BWOG is a freaking genius, mad props to you whoever you are!

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