Amherst is among the colleges eschewing the digital push in favor of time-tested methods for matching freshman roommates. The “online dating” model, these administrators say, fails to encourage first-year students to step outside their comfort zones and learn to live with someone who may be completely different. It’s a departure from the trend of recent years, as many colleges and universities have allowed incoming students to find their own roommates using Facebook or roommate-pairing websites such as RoomSurf and RoommateFit.
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