Originally Posted by Leeoku
guaranteed upper year res is a 9.5 gpa. else ur stuck on a waiting which u prob wont get for sure since priorities are first year>highest years>work ur way down to second year. in conclusion, get a 9.5 or dont bother
That's not true...
Although you need a 9.5 to be guaranteed a spot, even without a 9.5 you will very likely still get a spot. Most upper years end up living off campus, and 20% of the bed spaces are reserved for upper years, so you should be okay.
Not many upper years live in residence, I have for all my four years at Mac, and I've found that the number of upper years will depend on the building you are in. Les Prince, Keyes and Bates will tend to have more upper years, but you can be placed anywhere since it is lottery based.
In all 3 years that I applied as an upper year, I've gotten a single room. Although it's not guaranteed, it's very likely that you will get a single. If you are coming to res to meet people, then remember that the majority of people in res will be first years.
Other than that, despite not knowing very many people in res (upper years), I've found that the convenience is the best part. I'd definitely recommend it!