How does the wait list work?

Answer: 

During the Spring and New Student lottery (two separate lotteries), members are assigned a random lottery number. Those who do not get placed during the Spring lottery, or who do not get placed into their first choice co-op, can get on the wait list in lottery number order. When you “get on the waitlist” after the lottery is over, you are assigned a lottery number that is greater than those who got on the wait list through the lottery. If you are a new student, you get a new student lottery number which placed you after those who were in the lottery, but before returning students who sign up for the wait list after the lottery.

Students then get placed into their co-op of preference in wait list order when vacancies open up in each respective co-op.

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