Wait List & Change Dates
Because there are never enough spaces in OSCA to place everyone who wants to become a member, each co-op has a wait list which is managed by the Membership Secretary. Similar to OSCA lotteries, placement from our wait list are made into the highest preferred co-op which has an available spot. However, unlike the lotteries where lottery numbers are randomly assigned, lottery numbers on the wait list are typically assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may change your co-op preferences at any time and your current lottery number will remain unchanged. Additionally, you remain on the wait list until a spot opens in your first-choice co-op, or you choose to remove yourself.
Several times a year, we will also ask that you verify your desire to remain on the wait list (it is important that you do so or you may lose your lottery number).
Priority Placement from OSCA Wait List
A few people receive priority placement from the wait list. People who are elected to certain OSCA staff positions for the incoming academic year routinely receive priority placement. In appreciation of all the work they do, every All-OSCA position receives priority placement from the dining wait list. Jobs that require 12+ hours of work per week (usually General Management Team) typically receive priority placement from the housing wait list (housing placement includes dining).
To learn how you too can become a part of the All-OSCA staff and receive priority placement from the wait list, check out our Staff section.
Change Date Notifications
At these dates, students on the wait list are notified if they have been placed into a co-op. You will be emailed only on these dates, and only if you have been placed. If you do not receive email, it means you are still on the wait list—but make sure to check your email throughout the semester, you may be asked to reconfirm to keep your spot!