As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the Office of Residential Life had received 238 College House applications.

"That's down from the 300 last year, but still much higher than previous years," wrote Director of Residential Life Mary Pat McMahon in an e-mail to the Orient.

According to McMahon, there are 197 beds available, not including those of proctors, in the College House system.

Audrey Blood '13, who is applying to live in Quinby with her current Appleton Hall roommates, said that she thinks the College House system is an integral part of being at Bowdoin, especially as a sophomore.

"I feel like it's a essential part of the college experience," said Blood. "Sophomore year is the best year to live in a social house."

Though the competition is stiff, Blood was relaxed about the application process.

"It would be really cool to be into Quinby, but I've got two more shots at it," she said.

"It would be really great to get in, but it's not like I can complain about any of the other college housing," she added. "There's always next year."

-Compiled by Zoë Lescaze.