Duke University to require random roommates for first-year students

Posted February 28, 2018 1:57 p.m. EST
Updated February 28, 2018 3:10 p.m. EST

— The incoming Duke University class of 2022 will start their college experience with random roommates in order to promote the university's beliefs on diversity and inclusivity, according to a statement released by the university.

All Duke University first-year students live on East Campus, something the university said offers new students the best opportunity to meet and interact with students of different backgrounds.

But this year, students will not be allowed to pre-select a dorm roommates.

"In the last few years, we've seen increasing numbers of students who have pre-selected roommates, often with very similar backgrounds to their own," the statement read. "While this may make the transition to college seem somewhat easier, we've also seen that this can work against your having the best educational experience in the long term."

A spokesperson said staff will take into account lifestyle preferences such as preferred sleep hours and study location preferences and medical accommodations when deciding housing assignments.

The release sites said that research shows that diverse interactions will better equip students for life after graduation.

"Our experience assures us (and thus, you) that you'll be fine...better, in fact!"