NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Beginning this fall, incoming freshman at New York University will no longer have the luxury of choosing their roommates.

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, rather than giving students the option of rooming with their high school friends or others of their choosing, the university will instead pair roommates together in an effort create a “global and inclusive campus community,” the NYU Local student blog reported.

In pairing up roommates, the university will still consider requests for “exploration floors,” in which residents participate in programs and activities together based on specific interests – as well low-cost housing, NYU Local said.

But the primary determining factor for matching roommates will also be “geographic diversity” – pairing together students from different states or countries, the blog reported.

Meanwhile, for upperclassmen, gender-neutral housing has been placed into effect. Students may live in the same room with a friend – or romantic partner – of the opposite sex, according to the NYU Local blog.

NYU has seven first-year residence halls.

Columbia University and the New School both continue to allow freshmen to make requests for specific roommates, according to DNAInfo.

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