Room Draw is defined on Carleton.edu as "the process that returning Carleton students use to choose the room they?Ĵd like to live in for the following academic year."  That is, it refers to the process undergone during Spring Term to select rooms for next year. Each student is assigned a random priority number, and rooms are "drawn" (selected) in order from the highest (1) priority numbers to the lowest (e.g. 438). All juniors draw before all sophomores, who draw before all freshmen. Because class and sex quotas apply to the residency of the floors, students may be locked out of particular locations if the quota for their gender or class has been filled there.
For rooms that house multiple students, only the student with the best number needs to participate in the drawing. This applies even to rather large living units, such as quads and quints. (Historically, the numbers of a group seeking a particular room were totalled.)
Room Draw is generally held in Great Hall. Students line up according to number and "draw" their rooms. An overhead showing the list of available rooms is constantly updated. Chairs are set up for students to watch as the list slowly shrinks.
Room Draw Bingo
The particular set-up of Room Draw led Andrew White '00 to create "Room Draw Bingo" in 1998. With Residential Life's blessing, he created a number of Bingo cards which could be purchased. Each card had twenty-five random rooms listed in Bingo formation. As rooms were drawn, players would place chips on their cards. The top prize was a free Domino's pizza. Unfortunately, Room Draw Bingo did not survive into the following year.
- Official site at Carleton.edu
- Roomdraw Caucus Conference Brief history and discussion (NetID required)