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Roommate Requests

All first year students at The College of New Jersey participate in an active living and learning program known as the First Seminar Program, or FSP.  The First Seminar is a small seminar-style class that all first year students take during their first semester at TCNJ.  The course enables entering students to work closely with faculty and fellow students on a topic of their choosing outside of their major.  It offers students an opportunity to engage in an intellectually exciting and challenging experience at the beginning of their college career.

Each student enrolls in an FSP and is assigned a space in the first year area (Travers, Wolfe, Centennial, Allen, Brewster, Ely, or Norsworthy Halls) within their class.  For more information on the First Seminar Program, please visit

Can I request a roommate?

While not recommended, first year students have the option of requesting a roommate.  However, roommate pairs can only be honored if both students are enrolled in the same seminar course.  In the event that faculty are teaching multiple sections of the same course, students must be in the same section in order to be paired together.

How can I request/accept roommate requests?

Follow these two easy steps:

1) Search for your roommate’s application by student name or PAWS ID by clicking on Search By Detail.


(You will only be able to request a student with an active application. If the person you want to request is not coming up in your search, please check with the other student to confirm that he/she applied for housing.)


2. Once you click “Request” under the student’s name, your requested roommate will receive an email. The requested roommate must log on to their application on My Housing to accept the request.

Your request is finalized when you see the student’s name listed in the “Accepted Roommates” category on the roommate step. Please note, you can only confirm one roommate, and requests cannot always be guaranteed.

Why does Residential Education and Housing not recommend requesting a roommate?

Living in a small space with a new person for the first time can be challenging, but learning how to navigate through conflict and to negotiate between competing interests are connected to a wide range of skills associated with maturity.

Students lacking previous experience living on their own may find it difficult to address conflicts that arise when both roommates share a common past, common friends, common interests, or familiar ties.  In these situations, students may find it challenging to address minor problems objectively.  Small conflicts can become exacerbated when roommates share space not only in the residence halls, but also in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in social circles.

Remember, when living with others, the end goal is not to find a perfect roommate; such a pairing does not exist.  Instead, the virtue of a residential experience lies in learning how to question your own assumptions, explore your own values, and identify your own expectations, so you may learn to live and work closely with others.  In addition, the First Seminar course is designed to be a rigorous academic program that engages students in intellectually exciting and challenging experiences, in small, seminar-style classes.  Students should choose their First Seminar based on interest, and not on increasing the chances of getting placed with a particular roommate.

How many FSPs are on each floor?

Since the size of an FSP is generally no more than 18 students, and about 50 students live together on a floor, there will typically be 2 – 3 FSPs on each floor.  It is possible that your roommate might not be in your course, but students from your FSP will be living on the same floor.

How can I determine if my roommate request will be honored?

Unfortunately, Residential Education and Housing cannot predict which roommate requests will be honored or where FSPs will be placed until room assignments are completed in late July.