About a third of incoming freshmen and transfer students at Stony Brook University are using a social networking application called RoomSync to form relationships with potential and future roommates, according to a report published in Newsday.
It's part of a larger trend, Newsday reports, in which college students on Long Island are using social media to ease their on-campus transitions.
RoomSync is free to students, though Stony Brook University paid a one-time fee of $5,000 to offer it to the students, according to Alan deVries, associate director of residential programs. He said it has helped supplement traditional roommate selection practices.
"Instead of us coming out and saying, 'Here are the six criteria for compatibility,' it's giving students an unlimited selection of preferences that are important to them," deVries told Newdsay.
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