2017 Best College Dorms in America

The 2017 Best College Dorms ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus housing that is safe and clean with modern amenities at reasonable prices.
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    Bowdoin College

    • Brunswick, ME
    • 641 reviews
    College Sophomore:I feel like my school has even more to offer than I thought it did and while there are definitely issues, I can't imagine myself being anywhere else.
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    Washington University in St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,322 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love everything about Wash U. The location is amazing, STL has so much to offer. Everyone around is so driven, smart, and kind. The campus, dorms, and food are great. The classes are awesome with exceptional teachers. It can get stressful, but it is so worth it.
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    Grand Canyon University

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 7,692 reviews
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    Union University

    • Jackson, TN
    • 595 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have found some of my closest friends at Union University. The faculty here at Union really care about the students and seeing them succeed as well.
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    High Point University

    • High Point, NC
    • 1,302 reviews
    College Sophomore:I took a spanish class this semester which is usually difficult for me but my teacher had flexible office hours and cared enough to check in to see how i was understanding the material
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    Rice University

    • Houston, TX
    • 960 reviews
    College Sophomore:I'm incredibly happy with my decision to come to Rice. It's a small campus, so you'll have pretty small class sizes (max 150 for intro STEM classes, once you get past those its usually 15-40 people in a class) and personal relationships with your professors. It's pretty easy to make friends since you see a lot of familiar faces everywhere and you'll see a lot of the same people at events you're interested in (i.e. make sports friends at athletic events, party friends when you go out, school friends in classes- and a lot of these overlap). Rice academics very heavily favors the natural sciences, then social sciences, then humanities. That being said, there are still humanities majors at Rice, they just aren't as dominant as engineers or pre-meds. Students here really (really) care about doing well, so sometimes you'll get caught up in the "Rice bubble" where there's a lot of pressure to do everything (i.e. be involved in a ton of clubs, hold leadership positions, and get great grades), but as long as you learn to balance and keep thing in perspective you'll be fine. Professors aren't trying to fail you, students help each other, and it's a lot of fun. I would very highly recommend Rice, it's an amazing experience and I've learned so much.
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    Yale University

    • New Haven, CT
    • 913 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love attending Yale University. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to Yale was the close knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people form all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.
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    Liberty University

    • Lynchburg, VA
    • 6,039 reviews
    College Junior:They have accepted a wide variety of transcripts in the past so sometimes the top of the class is not challenged fully, but the nursing program challenges each and every student greatly.
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    Florida Gulf Coast University

    • Fort Myers, FL
    • 2,179 reviews
    College Junior:Considering what I heard from a professor who went to a small, non-accredited school, and how he was unable to acquire a job for three years because of it, I would say that I am confident that my college education will allow me to acquire the career for which I am searching.
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    Recent Alumnus:It is absolutely the best atmosphere I've ever experienced at a college. The only drawback here is the rules. The rules at this school, though they be far from what they once were, are still strict compared to what the rest of the college world looks like. There is a dress code and a curfew, along with a daily chapel service that is required. Once you get in the routine of these things, it becomes easy, but at first it seems really constricting. It is these rules that provide for such a safe, spiritual atmosphere at the school.
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    Regent University

    • Virginia Beach, VA
    • 729 reviews
    College Sophomore:Since Regis is a small university, I am able to get to know my professors a lot better than I would at a bigger university. Everyone has been very friendly and overall very supportive here and it has made me feel very welcome every day at Regis University.
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    Whitworth University

    • Spokane, WA
    • 832 reviews
    College Sophomore:Whitworth University is so friendly. The professors are invested into each student. There are so many opportunities for networking within the school as well as in the community.
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    Stanford University

    • Stanford, CA
    • 1,085 reviews
    College Sophomore:Stanford is truly the most amazing place in the world. Before my freshman year I never felt like a really had a home, but I have finally found one at the Farm. The academics are amazing and the people are even better. While I wish that the financial aid was better I still stand by my decision to attend because the experience I am having is priceless.
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    Indiana University - Southeast

    • New Albany, IN
    • 625 reviews
    College Junior:I first attended at IUPUI The Herron School of Art and Design and I have absolutely loved it. For each major you are required to go through all of your basic art classes so you are able to graduate with a BFA. I have really enjoyed learning the film photography that is required at Herron. I wish that there was more digital work involved. It would be more realistic since film photography would be difficult to afford after college. I have recently switched schools due to moving home after having a baby. I will be focusing on digital photography and graphic design. I am ready to start my new journey at a new new school to better my child's life and my life.
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    Sonoma State University

    • Rohnert Park, CA
    • 1,231 reviews
    College Junior:There isn't much to do outside of classes or in the area so it is necessary to join clubs or get involved on campus in order to enjoy your time. The classes are not very difficult and there are some not so great teachers, but if you can get into the right classes there are some amazing teachers! Registration for classes is very competitive and could set you back if you are in an impacted major. I have enjoyed going to school here, but there are definitely things that could make the school much better.
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    California Baptist University

    • Riverside, CA
    • 2,197 reviews
    College Junior:The courses I have taken thus far in my CBU career were all very interesting with great professors. Get to know your professors! Many professors make lectures fun when they make jokes or share their own experiences.
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    Loyola University Maryland

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 924 reviews
    College Junior:There are many opportunities to get involved at my school and I strongly recommend that you do! It helps you meet people with similar interests.
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    Smith College

    • Northampton, MA
    • 826 reviews
    College Sophomore:Smith is just a great place. The administration just passed a policy that will allow for transgender women to apply and get accepted, which goes to show how open-minded the school is. However, I definitely agree that views that oppose the campus norm are not well-accepted. At the end of the day, those students who are able to engage with point-of-views different from their own are going to be much better off going into the real world. The sense of community here is indeed very strong. Everyone feels the need to support a fellow Smithie. And the academics will for sure prepare you for the road up ahead. Smithies are very smart people, and employers know that. It's a great place for a female identifying individual to develop the confidence they need to really succeed in the world.
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    Saginaw Valley State University

    • University Center, MI
    • 1,356 reviews
    College Junior:It has tons of opportunities for all sorts of students. The one downside is that we have some professors who are not meant to teach or some who should not be teaching students just learning a subject.
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    Pomona College

    • Claremont, CA
    • 343 reviews
    College Junior:Pomona College is extremely special. It's honestly the people here that make the school, but the good weather doesn't hurt. :) A large majority of the students here are open-minded, extremely intelligent, fun, laid-back, and passionate. There are tons of opportunities to get active on campus and it's really hard to be bored here. One of my favorite parts about Pomona is that there's pretty much a community for everyone here.. and if there isn't, you can start one. When I say "community" I mean the various mentor groups on campus, sports groups, music groups, art groups... and its really easy to be fluid in them, too. The food is pretty good too. And the dorms are huge. I'm going into my junior year and I have yet to have a roommate. :)
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    Mount Holyoke College

    • South Hadley, MA
    • 777 reviews
    College Sophomore:Attending Mount Holyoke College is one of the best decision I could have made. The people here are intelligent and welcoming and passionate. The professors are knowledgeable and personable. Coming from the West Coast, I was unable to go home for Thanksgiving but I received many invitations from my professors to join them at their respective tables. The classes and challenging and interesting without being overwhelming. The energy here is inspiring and empowering and there is no where else I would rather spend these four years of my life
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    Christopher Newport University

    • Newport News, VA
    • 1,065 reviews
    College Senior:Classes are difficult, but it is possible to do well if you work hard. Just as with any other school, some professors are helpful and some are not. Success is measured by effort.
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    Biola University

    • La Mirada, CA
    • 2,020 reviews
    College Sophomore:Biola University is my favorite place to be, and there is no other school I would rather be at. We have professors and faculty that truly care about their students, and a great community. Biola is special because the students are so full of love, and everyone wants to make an impact for Christ with the career they are majoring in.
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    Colorado Christian University

    • Lakewood, CO
    • 1,029 reviews
    College Sophomore:Res life is great, especially for freshmen. Involvement somewhat declines as the years progress. A buzzword here is "community", but it's more than just a way of drawing in high school seniors. It really is a wonderful place to foster community with a great campus and location and professors who are beyond amazing!
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    Indiana Wesleyan University

    • Marion, IN
    • 862 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love it here, and I wouldn't choose to go anywhere else. It is a little far from home, my drive is about 7-8 hours, but it's so worth it to go to such an incredible school
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