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- The Princeton Review recently released its annual list of the best college dorm rooms throughout the United States.
- The list was compiled using “student ratings of their dorms and residence halls,” according to the Princeton Review website.
- Schools like Vanderbilt University, Bowdoin College, and Texas Christian University all made the list.
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From location to academics, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a college to attend after high school.
Thankfully, those weighing their options can turn to the Princeton Review, a college-admissions company, for advice. The group recently released its annual list of the best college dorm rooms throughout the country, based on student ratings of their residence halls.
From the University of Dayton to Bowdoin College, here’s a look inside some of the best dorms throughout the United States.
20. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a variety of living arrangements for students. Freshmen are required to live on campus, according to the school’s website, while upperclassmen can dorm or commute.
Ten residence halls are available on campus, which offer accommodations like air conditioning, vending machines, private bathrooms, laundry machines, and ping-pong tables. Gender-inclusive housing is also an option for all students regardless of grade.
19. Columbia University
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Columbia University in New York City offers “traditional residence halls, apartment buildings, and brownstones,” according to its website. Approximately 5,800 students are said to live on campus, paying between $8,718 and $9,872 to dorm each year.
18. University of Dayton
- University of Dayton
The University of Dayton, located in Ohio, offers different residence halls to different grades of students. First-year residents can live in four different buildings, most of which have bunk-style beds and close access to dining halls.
17. Vanderbilt University
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According to Vanderbilt University’s website, the Nashville, Tennessee, school offers everything from air conditioning to free cable throughout its 28 residence halls.
Students who live on campus also have access to free WiFi, vending machines, and custodians, while there are security cameras to monitor the buildings’ exterior doors.
16. Kansas State University
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Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan. The school is home to 10 different residence halls, all of which feature dining areas and convenience stores.
Students can also access sand volleyball, basketball courts, study spaces, computer stations, tutors, game rooms, and lounge areas while living on campus.
15. Bennington College
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Students at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, don’t actually live in dorms – they live in houses. According to the school’s website, 35-40 people live in each home.
While the buildings range in style from modern to “1930s New England,” according to Bennington College, each one is equipped with a kitchen, common area, shower, and bathtub.
14. Christopher Newport University
- Christopher Newport University
It makes sense as to why Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, made it onto the Princeton Review’s list. The school is home to 10 residence halls, all of which offer unique amenities.
The Greek Village, for example, was designed with sororities and fraternities in mind, and offers everything from WiFi to elevators. The CNU Apartments also stand out, as they contain fully-equipped kitchens and dishwashers.
13. Pitzer College
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Located in Claremont, California, Pitzer College has dorm rooms that are fully equipped for life on campus. Students have access to WiFi, laundry machines, and cleaning supplies, as well as basic furniture like beds and desks.
The school also allows students to keep potted plants, mini fridges, and microwaves in their rooms.
12. Williams College
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Students at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are split between residence halls for first-year attendees and upperclassmen.
11. Scripps College
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Scripps College is a women’s school located in Claremont, California. The location offers both single rooms and suites to residents, all of which can be found in nine residence halls.
Many buildings at the school have been around since the late 1920s, according to Scripps College’s website, though modern amenities like laundry machines and floor lamps are included. Students can also keep pet fish in their rooms.
10. Loyola University Maryland
- Loyola University Maryland
The tenth school on the Princeton Review’s list is Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. It’s home to six residence halls that are filled with enticing features.
9. Elon University
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Elon University, located in Elon, North Carolina, says on its website that those who live on its campus “are more involved in student organizations and often have higher GPAs.”
Eight “neighborhoods” are available at the school, where most students are split by grade. The neighborhoods are also meant to be representative of different themes, like civic engagement and world cultures.
8. Rice University
- Rice University
Located in Houston, Texas, Rice University has 11 residential colleges where students can live.
Of course, commuting to and from the college is also an option, though Rice University says on its website that approximately 78% of students live on campus.
7. Bowdoin College
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At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, students can stay in apartments or off-campus houses. First-year students, however, are required to stay in one of eight residential halls.
While each dorming location has something unique to offer, Bowdoin College’s housing locations for upperclassmen stand out the most. They have twin beds, cable television, laundry machines, and parking lots for vehicles.
6. Bryn Mawr College
- Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, has dorms with lounge areas, vending machines with soda and snacks, and access to laundry machines, according to its website.
5. High Point University
- High Point University
In a statement sent to Insider, representatives for High Point University said the North Carolina school offers “collaborative spaces, study areas, and business centers to support academic growth.” Recreation centers are also available.
“Everything at High Point University is intentionally designed,” a school representative said. “For example, residence halls were intentionally constructed in areas that provided students with access to HPU Libraries, student centers, and dining facilities.”
4. Emory University
- Emory University
In Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University has dorm rooms that stand out among others across the country. The school has standard residence halls, of course, as well as locations for students involved in the Greek community.
The most unique dorms, however, are found in the Theme Housing & Learning Communities, where students can live with those who share common interests. The dorms create “close-knit, inclusive communities where everyone knows each other,” according to the school’s website.
3. Texas Christian University
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Dorms at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth were designed to create a “close-knit community and sense of belonging,” according to the school’s website.
All but one of the school’s 20 residence halls are comprised of male and female students, and most rooms are shared by two or three students. Laundry machines are also included in each dorming area at Texas Christian University, as are lounges for students to study and socialize.
2. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
- Olin College of Engineering
While many schools across the country require students to bring their own dining supplies, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering stores mini fridges and microwaves in each dorm room. Shared printers, laundry machines, and vacuums are also provided to students.
Sustainability is also a priority at this Needham, Massachusetts, school. LED lights, for example, are found throughout each residence hall, and meters are installed to monitor energy use at each building.
1. Washington University in St. Louis
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Number one on the Princeton Review’s list is Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dorms at the school house three to six people in each room, and residence halls are found in both traditional and modern buildings.
Washington University in St. Louis also creates a sense of independence among students by allowing them to bring Keurig machines, irons, and mini fridges into their dorm rooms.