Is the Housing Rate for freshmen students in suites like Sharp Hall be more expensive than housing in regular dorms? Or all we do is pay what was written in our financial aid package?

The housing rate differs slightly depending on the dorm. You will pay the amount for the dorm you are living in. The most recent housing costs can be found on the home page.

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What are the rules in the dorms?

Dorm rules are mostly common sense. If you’re under 21, no alcohol, obviously. RPI doesn’t allow parties in dorms, but that’s not really an issue since there’s usually something going on off-campus.

As far as room decor goes, none of the multi-colored 5-arm lamps since New York State considers those a fire hazard, the same goes for any upwards-facing lamp. RPI doesn’t allow anything that resembles Christmas lights, as unfortunate as that is. Curtains and flags are also on the no list because of the state. They should have sent you a list of things you can and can’t have at some point, if not, let me know and I can go scare it up. 

The guest policy is also pretty reasonable, you can have guests over for 2 nights at a time, but of course, make sure your roommate is fine with it as well.

Quiet hours are from 11 PM to 7 AM on school nights and from 12 AM until 9 AM on weekend. Other than that it basically comes down to common sense and common courtesy. If you’re thinking of doing something that you think might be against the rules or might disturb someone else, don’t do it.

I am planning on rooming with an athlete during my season. Is that a question they ask on the roommate questionare and take high priority in or should I be finding an athlete on social media and then requesting them as my roommate when I fill out the survey?

This question is worded a little weird, but if I understand it correctly, you are asking whether or not athletes can room with other athletes that are not in their own sport during their playing season. Your roommate will not change throughout the year typically. You can choose to live with anyone that you choose. Your sport may have stricter policies.