If your student is heading off to college and will be living in a residence hall on campus, she is probably wondering, and even nervous, about who her roommate will be. This is only natural, as most students who will be living in a relatively small space with another student may be sharing a room for the first time. You and your student may both be wondering how and when the college will be assigning roommates.
Different colleges use different methods for assigning roommates. Some schools make matches randomly. Other schools send students a questionnaire to determine some lifestyle preferences and then spend many hours making matches based on that information. In some cases students may be matched by computer. Many schools will allow students to request to live with a particular student as long as the request is mutual.