Nanjing University has collected incoming freshmen's living habits, hobbies and other characteristics through online questionnaires for the second year, providing big data for precisely arranging for compatible students to live together.
The university launched the online questionnaires in early August, containing not only survey options, such as study and rest timetables, air conditioner preferences and personal hygiene habits, but also open-ended questions such as interests and hobbies.
The university assured them that the data collected would only be used for reference in the allocation of dormitories.
About 80 percent of the freshmen have finished the online questionnaires voluntarily by far, said Li Hao, a teacher in charge of enrollment at the university.
The university started using big data in distributing dormitories for freshmen last year. A recent survey showed that students lived together more harmoniously due to the new allocation system.
By avoiding big personal differences in initial allocation of dormitories through big data analysis, dormitory members can better learn from and influence each other, and get along more quickly, said Gong Yue, who is in charge of student affairs at the university.