Academic Resources in the Residence Halls

The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides a living, learning environment that fosters the academic and personal experience for residents, and helps them prepare for the rest of their lives.

To that end, we want to remind students of the academic services that are available on campus.

Tutors in Residence

Tutors in Residence are 6 students who maintain regular office hours in Boland and Aquinas Hall to provide academic assistance to students in a variety of subject areas.  Check out the link below for their hours and areas of expertise –

University Libraries

Students should utilize the University Library as an alternative study space.  Below are the hours for the University Library –

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

HRL also works in collaboration with the Academic Resource Center to provide even more access to students who need academic support.  Please see the link below for their information and hours –

Both the TIRs and ARC offer programs and study groups throughout the semester to support and encourage strong academic performance.

Utilizing these resources is important, as Housing and Residence Life requires all resident students to maintain a 1.8 cumulative GPA to remain in housing.  Maintaining a strong GPA is important as GPA is a factor in determining your priority points for selecting your housing next year.

HRL’s 1.8 GPA Policy

The Department of Housing and Residence Life believes that living in a residence hall is a valuable educational experience. Students learn and refine life skills in an environment that exposes them to great diversity of lifestyles. The residence hall experience is one that compliments the classroom experience. Students have opportunities to apply what they learn, to question each other, study with each other and attend programs and activities designed to facilitate learning. The students and staff who reside in the halls create the environment. All students have a responsibility to respect and contribute to the learning environment. Behavior that undermines, or that indicates a lack of commitment to the learning environment is not acceptable.

A GPA requirement is a tool used to reinforce the commitment expected of resident students. The department of Housing and Residence Life actively promotes responsible decision making and good learning habits. It is our goal to retain students with a strong interest in contributing to the learning-living environment.

At the beginning of each Spring semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) professionals meet with all resident students who have a cumulative GPA of 1.8 or below. During this meeting, the HRL professional helps guide and support the student through creating and effective plan to help increase the student’s GPA by the end of the semester. The professional provides students with resources such as hours and location of the writing and math centers along with the lobby hour schedule of our Tutor in Residences where student are able to drop in for assistance with their academics. Before the conclusion of the meeting, both parties set up a date and time for a follow up meeting to take place in following weeks to ensure the student is successfully reaching their GPA goal.

Room Selection 2013-2014 – Important Dates!

The following email was just sent to all students who qualify for returning Room Selection for 2013-2014:

Congratulations on qualifying for Room Selection 2013-2014! Your Room Selection lottery times can be found on your Housing Profile on PirateNet.

 Attached to this email is a step-by-step instruction guide on how Room Selection works. Please look it over carefully and get ready to pick your room.  HRL will post updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds (Follow us @SetonHallHRL). 

 The official period of Room Selection begins tomorrow with Aquinas Hall Upperclassmen Room Selection.  Below is a table of important Room Selection Dates & Times.

Upperclass students qualified for Room Selection:

Click here for a step-by-step guide for selecting a room online for 2013-2014: Online Room Selection Instructions – 2013

Click here for important Room Selection dates and times: Room Lottery Times

Letter to Families about Room Selection 2012-2013

To the Families of our Seton Hall University Resident Students:

Happy New Year from the Department of Housing and Residence Life at Seton Hall University! We will begin the 2012-2013 Room Selection process on February 1st, 2012. That is the first day on which students, who wish to return to housing, may submit their $325 non-refundable room reservation deposit and apply for housing. This is the first step in the process of applying for University housing. Students must meet all deadlines and complete all necessary steps in the process to be eligible to participate in room selection which begins the week of March 30th, 2012.

This is an exciting time for your student and we hope by sending information home to family members, you can become a partner in preparing them for this process. Spaces are limited and demand for housing has been greater in the last several years. Should demand for 2012-2013 exceed available spaces, students who deposit and apply on time will be placed on the Housing Wait List in lottery number order and placed before students who deposit late. Any student who deposits after the deadline (February 17th, 2012) will be placed on the Wait List and be assigned as spaces become available. Wait lists assignments are based on distance of home address from campus and date of application received.

Below is a brief informational checklist for Room Selection 2012-2013. We have also included a handy quick reference checklist for your refrigerator. We will send more information directly to students after the start of the spring semester and highlight Room Selection in our next episode of Hall Housing Happenings (if you wish to sign up to receive this parent video blog, please email us at SHUHOUSING@SHU.EDU.)

 RESOLVE BALANCE – Prior to February 1st: Make sure all balances are cleared and there are no holds on the student’s account. If there is a balance on the account, the student will not be permitted to apply for housing. Students can check their hold status on Banner Self-Service.
 SUBMIT $325 ROOM RESERVATION DEPOSIT – February 1st-17th: A room deposit of $325 is required and may be paid online 24 hours a day or in person in the Bursar’s office in Bayley Hall during business hours. Students who wish to be a part of the Room Selection process must submit their room reservation deposit no later than 11:59pm on February 17th, 2012. Please note: All credit card and electronic check payments must be made online through the “Pay Your Housing Deposit” link on the Housing & Residence Life website ( Seton Hall University will accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for the housing deposit only. Also, beginning in 2012-2013, the housing deposit will no longer be refundable.
o Students who submit a room deposit on time will be able to complete a housing application, have their Priority Points calculated and be given a lottery number (Priority Points is the values-based system that Housing & Residence Life uses to determine lottery order for the room selection process.)
o Students who submit a room deposit late (after 11:59pm on February, 17th, 2012) will not have Priority Points calculated, will be ineligible to participate in the Room Selection process and will be depositing to our Housing Wait List.
 COMPLETE HOUSING APPLICATION – February 1st-17th: After submitting the Room Reservation Deposit, students complete the Housing Application online. Students who apply during this time frame will have their Priority Points calculated and be eligible to participate in the Room Selection process. As noted above, students who apply for housing after 11:59pm on February 17th, will not have Priority Points calculated, will be placed on the Housing Wait List and will be assigned when a room becomes available based on distance of home address from campus and date of application received. Please note: students who have a balance or registration hold on their account will not be permitted to complete a housing application until their account is cleared.
o Submission of the Housing Application means the student acknowledges and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions listed in the Housing License Agreement. This year’s License can be viewed on
 SELECT ROOM ASSIGNMENT – Beginning March 30th: Students will participate in an Online Room Selection process to select their rooms for the 2012-2013 academic year. We will send more information directly to eligible students on how the process moves forward, including specific dates for living learning communities like Sophomore Discovery Program and Turrell Manor Servant Leadership, after the start of the spring semester.
After students submit their Housing Applications, we are encouraging them to begin conversations with their peers about potential roommates and housing arrangements. We believe families are also an important part of this conversation. Different residence halls offer different living experiences and you can help your student to make good decisions that will enhance their experience at Seton Hall. Choice of roommates is also important to assure a good match in terms of living style and study habits. Your student may also wish to apply for one of our specialized living-learning communities which require a supplemental application in addition to the housing deposit and standard housing application. For more information on our residence halls and these communities, please visit
It is our hope that this process will run smoothly for your student and that, with your help, your student will find a place to call Home at the Hall. If you or your student have any questions about the information contained in this letter, please call us at (973)761-9172 or email SHUHOUSING@SHU.EDU. You may also find us on Facebook at

Cheryl Lynn Janus
Assistant Director – Housing Operations & Marketing

Room Selection 2010 – Check your email!

Congratulations to the 1240 students who are eligible to take part in Room Selection 2010 this coming April.

Be sure to check your email today for your Priority Point totals and Room Selection Instructions!

The next email you’ll get from us will have information about your Room Selection dates and times sometime closer to April.

Want to read more about Priority Points and how they’re done? Click here.

Confused about the room deposit?

We’re excited to see the numbers of returning students eager to apply to come back to housing next year! Many of you have asked us where to send your parents to make the housing deposit.

The housing deposit can be paid right off the front page of our housing application. For easier access, here’s the link .

Since the letter was sent home to families back in November, the Bursar’s office has notified us they will accept Visa cards for housing deposits only. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

Remember, deposits and applications have to be submitted by February 19th to be able to participate in Room Selection!

Want housing next year? There’s an App(lication) for that!

Returning students can begin applying for housing starting Monday, February 1st, 2010.

All students who wish to be a part of returning student room selection during the month of April must submit a housing application and a $325 room reservation deposit by 11:59pm on Friday, February 19th, 2010.

Students who apply and deposit during this time will have their Priority Points calculated and are eligible to participate in Room Selection.

The housing application can be found here.

Priority Points Emails

Priority Points were sent out on April 3rd to all students who are eligible to participate in the Room Selection process for next year. (Just a reminder, that means students who applied AND deposited by the February 20th deadline received the Priority Points.)  There was a second emailing of corrected Priority Points emailed out on Wednesday, April 8th.

We learned a few things from our email pushes:

  • About 150 students applied online for the wrong semester. Students who brought this to our attention had their application corrected and received an email with their Priority Point breakdown and totals. We also ran a report to see if there were anymore out there and contacted them to ask if they had applied for the correct semester.  Those who responded back that they meant to apply for the Fall had their application amended and received their Priority Points (if they qualified.)  All students who applied and deposited on time will be permitted to take part in Room Selection, as long as they applied and deposited on time. We’re working with our colleagues in web devo to get the application fixed so it’s much more easier to select the correct semester.
  • Non-scholarship athletes were accidentally not given Priority Points and this was realized first thing on Monday morning.  Also we realized a certain population of resident students did not receive credit for some program attendance.  Both of these issues were fixed immediately and students who were impacted received updated Priority Point emails on Wednesday.