New housing software to smooth out application process

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be switching to a new software platform for the spring 2018 application cycle.

Assistant Director of Housing Operations Kendra Stokes said the new interface is designed to make the application process smoother and more interactive and will be compatible with multiple browsers and mobile platforms.  

Stokes also said the housing office hopes to include places for students to check in and out of their dorms during move in and out days, and file room condition reports.

Stokes said nothing went wrong with the old system, except for some bugs, but they have been looking to upgrade the software.

“This is one of the tools we’re using to push the housing department to the forefront of where we’d like to be,” she said.

Stokes said the most persistent issue occurred when the old interface would crash or freeze if a student didn’t have the right browser or the most updated version.

“Hopefully it’s going to help streamline some communication tools between the main office, the [residence directors], [residence assistants] and the students,” she said. “We’re rolling these things out slowly so we can make sure we’re getting them right.”

More information about the housing application process can be found on Emerson’s housing webpage.