Priority Points

Policy Description

To receive housing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus, returning students participate in the open room selection process. A student’s outcome in this process is largely based upon the number of Priority Points they earn.

What are Priority Points

The priority point system is a value-based system that is designed to reward those students who consistently meet high academic standards, participate in campus life and its programs, and have an excellent disciplinary history. Students may earn priority points by maintaining a high grade point average, joining campus clubs and organizations, participating in residence hall activities, and adhering to the Student Code of Conduct. Through this program, students can earn an opportunity to live where and with whom they desire while at Fairleigh Dickinson University because the student’s priority points total helps determine how early in the room selection timeline they may select a room, and whether or not they are able to self-select their roommate(s). Below is a complete outline and explanation of the priority point system.


  1. GRADES:

The Office Campus Life will simply take each student’s cumulative grade point average as of the time of point calculation, usually on or about March 1st annually. Students attempting to have grades changed need to know that we cannot consider grade changes unless they are completed by the calculation date.

The higher the student’s cumulative grade point average the more Priority Points they earn.

Cumulative GPA         Points

 3.85 - 4.0

 3.70 - 3.84



 3.55 - 3.69

 3.40 - 3.54



 3.25 - 3.39


 3.05 - 3.24

 2.90 - 3.04



 2.75 - 2.89


 2.60 - 2.74


 2.45 - 2.59

 2.30 - 2.44



 2.15 - 2.29

 2.00 - 2.14



 1.85 - 1.99


 1.70 - 1.84

 Less than 1.70




Freshmen who have a 1.99 or lower will have the opportunity to submit a mid-semester progress report from their advisor to earn an extra point in this category. These requests will be considered only after consultation with the student’s advisor.

Spring Term Transfer students may submit a transcript from their prior institution.

    Judicial status is based on the student’s current disciplinary record as of the time Points are being calculated. It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand the policies and procedures of the Office of Campus Life, and of the University. Behavior consistent with those of policies and procedures will result in good judicial standing, and in turn the ability to earn credit toward more Priority Points.


Current Sanction Level


No Disciplinary Record 


Disciplinary Reprimand


More than 1 Disciplinary Reprimand


Campus Probation  for 1 semester


Campus Probation for 1 academic year


Campus Probation for more than 1 academic year


University or Res. Life Suspension


University or Res. Life  Expulsion



Students who have any questions about their disciplinary status are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Education prior to submitting their housing application for Room Selection. Current disciplinary sanction that is final by the date the housing room selection process begins will affect the Priority Point totals in this category.


Residence Hall Citizenship is taking a role on the floor and building in which you live. Every resident has a responsibility to the residence hall community, and those who are most involved in fulfilling that responsibility will benefit the most. Not only will those students enjoy the residence halls more, they will be rewarded with more Priority Points in the category.

Residence Hall Citizenship Points reflect attendance at residence hall programs and activities (not including hall meetings). Based on your level of citizenship throughout the academic year students can be awarded up to 5 Priority Points in this category.


Activity Level


Res. Hall
Program Attendance
(based on number of Res Life programs attended)





Some points to consider about Residence Hall Involvement:

What is active and regular involvement?

We define that as participation on a weekly basis. That participation may be going to a program, helping a resident assistant with a bulletin board, organizing your fellow residents to go to a movie, volunteering for a service project or more.

How will this be measured?
Attendance will be recorded during residence hall programs and activities. Points will be awarded based on the average number of programs attended by residents of each hall. In other words, the more programs you attend, the more credit you’ll earn towards Priority Points.

What if a student isn't able to attend many programs?
Students can be involved in various ways outside of program attendance. Those students who help their RA in creating and preparing for programs and students who take part in their community building process. RAs are able to recognize these outstanding residents by awarding them 2 points.


Active participation in a university club, Greek letter organization, honor society, varsity or intramural team, campus volunteer experience, and a campus job, as well as regular attendance at Devil's on-campus athletic events will enable students to earn Priority Points in this category. The maximum number of points awarded in this category is 10 and participation in the activities must be continuous throughout the academic year.

  1. Clubs/ Organizations: These activities are highly regarded based on our acknowledgment of the direct impact clubs and organizations have on the student development closely related to the mission of the University of global leadership and volunteerism.

Executive Board Position - up to 5 points

High Involvement - up to 4 points

Average Involvement - up to 3 points

Low Involvement - up to 2 points

All students are highly encouraged to be certain that Executive Board members comply with the submission deadline for Campus Involvement rosters set by Campus Life. Any club or organization which fails to submit correct documentation on time will not have its membership counted towards priority points. No exceptions will be made.

How will involvement be measured? The Office of Campus Life will work with the clubs and organizations to verify student involvement. It is the student’s responsibility to be sure that clubs or organizations they are part of keep track of your involvement and submit the information on time to our office.

  1. Athletes:  Students who are active members of a Division III athletic team at Florham Campus will receive 5 points.
  2. Performing Arts: Students who are participating, either as actors or crew, in a Florham Campus theatrical production will receive 5 points.
  3. Intramurals*: These points are awarded to students who participate in sports activities as recognition of their involvement in University sponsored activities, and their contribution to building a strong campus community.


Team Captain or participation in at least 80% of scheduled games

2 points

 Participation in less than 80% of scheduled games

1 point

*Applies only to teams actively participating as of March 1st  of each academic year.

  1. University Programs and Lectures: Attending University sponsored lectures and programs held on-campus can earn up to 2 Priority Points
  2. Internships: Students with University approved internships will receive 5 points.
  3. Student Employment*: These Points are awarded as a recognition of the student’s commitment to the campus community by working on campus rather than an off campus site; while considering their time commitment is compensated monetarily.

Employment Fall & Spring Semesters

2 points

One Semester Only

1 point

*Employment must be before March 1.

So what do I need to do to earn 10 points?  Most students will earn 6-8 points in this category. Students who are involved in and actively participate in many activities will be the highest point earners. Some students will not be as involved, participating in perhaps a few activities each month. Those students will earn a lower number of points according to the information above. Involvement in any on-campus clubs, organizations, or intramurals; participation in multiple clubs, activities, intramural teams, etc., will help students earn higher point totals.



Students attending Wroxton and/or study abroad will receive 6 points for campus involvement and 3 points for residence hall involvement.


All students who qualify for room selection will also be assigned additional points based on their class standing. Class standing is determined by the amount of completed credits a student has. The points will be assigned as follow:

1st Year Students                    1 point

Sophomores                            2 points

Juniors                                      3 points

Seniors/Grad Students           4 points


Priority Point totals will only be provided to students that have paid their Residence Hall Deposit and completed the Returning Student application by the April 1 deadline.

Office of Campus Life

Housing Office


FDU Florham Campus
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

Phone: 973-443-8586

Fax: 973-443-8867