What is the definition of a sophomore for the purposes of this guarantee?

The guarantee applies to those students that are current new freshman in university housing that are applying to return to university housing for the following academic year. This would include new freshman who entered university housing in either the fall or spring terms.

Is there a timeline or expiration of the guarantee?

The guarantee will cover all those current freshmen applying during the USC Housing Renewal (UHR) process. Once the deadlines on the UHR process have passed, sophomores applying for university housing will be treated like any other continuing, non-resident student regardless of class-standing. They will lose the priority given to students participating in UHR.

Can sophomores request juniors or seniors as a roommate in the Sophomore portion of the UHR General Lottery?

During the online selection and contracting period for sophomores, they will only be able to pull in roommates that are also sophomores. Sophomores and juniors/seniors wishing to room together, should first secure housing assignments through UHR and then submit a group reassignment request when the reassignment process opens in March. (Reassignments are not guaranteed.)