New Student Housing Selection
New students will begin to have access to our online housing system on May 15, 2017. Actual housing selection will take place on July 19, 2017. Below you'll find information on how this process works. If you have any questions after reading everything, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 413-782-1317.
How to Select Housing in HMA: Step by Step Process Description
The direct link to the HMA system is https://app1.wne.edu/hma/ but HMA can also be accessed through Connect2U.
Below you'll find a compact step by step description of what the HMA process is like for new students who have already paid their housing deposit through Admissions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Residence Life Office at 413-782-1317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New students for Fall 2017 can start logging into HMA and completing these steps on Monday May 15th.
Step 1: Complete your profile. This profile includes important information, such as your emergency contact information and your choices regarding what information you would like to share with other students. This is also when you confirm that you have read and agree to the Resident Student Housing Agreement. You must complete this step to move forward in HMA.
Step 2: Complete your questionnaire. The questionnaire includes a fairly short inventory of your housing preferences and is the tool the system will use to find your best roommate matches. The questionnaire is also where you identify up to three learning interest communities in the residence halls. The questionnaire must also be completed before you can move forward in the process.
Step 3A: Search for roommates. If you know who you want to live with, you can search for that person by name. The person you want to live with must also have completed their profile and questionnaire and must share at least one interest community in common with you. You should discuss which interest community you prefer to live in, since this is essential to room selection.
Step 3B: Search for roommates. If you do not yet know who you want to live with, the HMA system allows you to search for best matches based on your questionnaire answers. The “Best Match Search” button is at the top right of the “Search for Roommates” page. We strongly advise that you do not search for best matches before Monday, May 29th so that other people have time to complete the questionnaire.
Step 4: Form a group. Once you know who you want to live with, one of you will need to go into the “My Groups” page in HMA and create a group. The “Create a Group” button is at the top right of the “My Groups” screen. A group is the total number of students who wish to live together (normally two, unless the room has three or more occupants) and the space must be filled to capacity. The person creating the group needs to add everyone else to the group and then everyone else will have to confirm the group.
Important Note: Students are only able to form a group with other student(s) with whom they have at least one learning interest community in common. If you are looking for a specific person to form a group with and you cannot find them, contact them to ensure you have selected the same learning interest communities.
Step 5: Select a Room. On Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 a.m., housing selection begins. One member of your group will select a room for the group based on what is available at the time they are choosing.
Step 6: Confirm a Room. Other member(s) of the group have 24 hours to confirm the room selection and must do so in order to secure the room for the group. Once everyone has confirmed, your room for the Fall semester is set. If not confirmed within 24 hours, the room is forfeited. If the room is forfeited, then steps 5 and 6 must be repeated to secure campus housing.
We strongly encourage students to find a roommate and select a room in a learning interest community as a group. However, for students who do not wish to form a group, we do offer a ‘select a bed’ option. This alternative allows a single student to select one available bed in a room. The other bed(s) in the room will be selected by another student(s) using the select a bed option or another student will be assigned there later in the summer.
The opportunity to select and confirm a room ends on Monday, July 24th at 11:59 p.m. After this date/time, you must contact us for assistance if you still need to secure campus housing. If we do not hear from you, we presume that you have made other living arrangements off campus.
Under 18 Housing Agreement
Students who are under 18 at the time when they complete their HMA profile (which is when you read and agree to abide by the Resident Student Housing Agreement) must also have a parent or guardian review and sign off on the Resident Student Housing Agreement. You will need to print out the form below and have your parent or guardian fill it out after reading the Housing Agreement, found in HMA and under the policies section of this webpage. Instructions on what to do from there are on the form. Students for whom this form is required will not be able to occupy housing at the beginning of the Fall semester unless this form is on file with the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival on campus. Please contact the Residence Life Office if you have any questions.
Women in STEM
The Office of Residence Life is offering an exciting a new Learning Interest Community (LIC) for the 2016-2017 academic year focused on professional, personal, and academic development for first year, female residents in STEM majors. This stimulating community will allow those students who major in science, engineering, technology, or math to work closely with a faculty learning partner with a focus on the development of personal and professional skills. Throughout this experience, the population will not only create bonds with the faculty learning partner, but also with each other as they navigate their first year. With the assistance of a live-in Resident Advisor who is also majoring in a STEM field, this population will complete various learning goals tied to the STEM focus of the floor. As part of this unique opportunity, mentoring will be available through interactions with faculty, junior and senior women in STEM, and professionals who have experience and advice to share. In addition, students on the STEM floor will assist in the direction of programming for the community to optimize the personal enrichment for each resident.
Where do you want to live?
Learning Interest Communities offer you the opportunity to live among other students who share common interests. Each Learning Interest Community designs specific programs around the goals of that community. Participation in a Learning Interest Community defines particular areas of residency, and directs the choice of a roommate. By choosing a Learning Interest Community via the HMA online preference questionnaire, students’ room and roommate choices correspond to the Learning Interest Community selected.
Learning Interest Communities are part of the BEAR program.
The Learning Interest Communities are based around the following areas of common interest:
Engineering & World of Sciences
Does your passion lie in the field of Science and Technology? How about Pharmacy or Engineering? This community focuses on complementing coursework in the various fields of science and engineering. Here you will utilize your passions, along with concepts learned in the classroom, in everyday situations – immersing yourself through floor discussions, programming, and community interaction.
Next Generation of Leaders
In today’s diverse and interconnected world, leadership skills are valued by potential employers and contribute to a rewarding and successful career. In this community, you will focus on developing leadership skills and set yourself up to take on various student leader opportunities. Topics covered could include self awareness, leading a diverse team, and global perspectives in the 21st century. This is an ideal community for those students looking to build on their high school leadership experience or those looking to explore the face of today’s ever changing global environment.
Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow
This community is ideal for those looking to impact tomorrow’s society through avenues such as law and justice, business, and education. These individuals will take the concepts learned in the classroom and bring them back to their own community as a hands-on opportunity to practice skills and concepts they can apply after graduation.
Healthy Choices, Creative Living
In this community you will have the chance to explore opportunities that promote personal satisfaction. Are you a musical person? Do you enjoy sports? What about art? Are you into holistic wellness? Join this community and learn how to take what you enjoy and meld it with the skills and lessons learned in class to lead a well-rounded life, now as a student and in the future.
Special Housing Accommodations
Western New England University is committed to providing students who have a documented disability or medical condition with a safe environment in which to live and study. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Student Disability Services of the nature of their disability and desire to receive a special housing accommodation.
If approved, the Office of Student Disability Services will work directly with the Office of Residence Life in an effort to provide a housing accommodation that is appropriate and reasonable. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at (413) 782-1258.
Are you transferring in for the Spring 2017 semester?
If you are a new transfer student who will be transferring in for the Spring 2017 semester, you can use the form below to submit your housing request and indicate your housing preferences. You should still go into your HMA and complete your profile and questionnaire before you submit the form. Your completed form, as well as any questions you might have, can be emailed to Sean.Burke@wne.edu
Information for Parents/Legal Guardians
Check back here later in the summer for some additional information that will help you in preparing for move-in.
Information for Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students
We recognize that the HMA program only allows students to identify themselves as either male or female. As we recognize the need to support all forms of gender identity and expression in the residence halls, transgender and gender non-binary students are encouraged to contact Sean Burke at Sean.Burke@wne.edu or by phone at 413-782-1316 so that we can work with you on an individual basis to house you in an environment that supports and reflects your gender identity.