2017 Best College Dorms in New York

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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    Molloy College

    • Rockville Centre, NY
    • 505 reviews
    College Junior:Molloy College has yet to disappoint thus far in my experience. I have attended two other colleges and have struggled to understand course requirements, the registration process and have also been disappointed with advisors with academic as well as financial advisement. Molloy College has been wonderful and extremely helpful guiding me down the right path in my academic journey. I am confident that I am in good hands!
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    Houghton College

    • Houghton, NY
    • 345 reviews
    College Sophomore:The culture here is very weird. I am from the south west and so the culture is very strange and slightly backward, but the equestrian program is absolutely fantastic. It's beautiful here and easy to get along with most and lots of stuff to do if you are active. If your looking for parties you would be stupid to come here cause there are so many other schools for that. Overall it's very Christian here and academically challenging.
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    Hilbert College

    • Hamburg, NY
    • 206 reviews
    College Junior:Hilbert is not the worst school, but i feel like it has many flaws. The campus is small so it feels like another high school, and the campus is in need of major upgrades. However, i do like it here.
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    College Sophomore:I love how the school practices what it teaches. It is environmentally friendly, all the students and professors are friendly and you feel like you fit right in. This school is the perfect fit for me. Being so close to Syracuse University, you get to experience the best of both schools and integrate with SU students as well. Some classes are actually on the SU campus, as well as the dining halls. I would choose SUNY ESF again.
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    St. John Fisher College

    • Rochester, NY
    • 488 reviews
    College Senior:Fisher was a great decision for me being a transfer student and a student that switched majors. The school is a little pricey but the experience is one that I will always be thankful for.
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    Hamilton College

    • Clinton, NY
    • 422 reviews
    College Freshman:I have no regrets about Hamilton. I love the small classes and sense of community on campus. The professors are great and so are the classes. As a freshman, I have had a much easier time adjusting to this school than many of my other friends at other colleges. The people are just very welcoming and friendly.
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    Skidmore College

    • Saratoga Springs, NY
    • 562 reviews
    College Senior:Skidmore is known for its somewhat alternative student body, which is often defined as artsy hipsters. While there is definitely a presence for artsy hipsters, every other type of student diversity can also be found there. I am so happy with my choice to attend Skidmore. I have made the most amazing friends and have made memories I know will last a lifetime. Skidmore has opened my eyes to so many possibilities and truly opened doors for my future.
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    Binghamton University, SUNY

    • Vestal, NY
    • 2,090 reviews
    College Sophomore:There is a variety of subjects to take at Binghamton. The school also offers a lot of majors so students are not restricted to a few. Although work load can get tough, students can get through classes and do well by learning how to time manage and study efficiently.
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    Canisius College

    • Buffalo, NY
    • 687 reviews
    College Sophomore:The class size is great, most of the professor's are good, the campus is nice and everything is within walking distance or the subway. Expensive but isn't every college nowadays besides state schools? You're paying for what Canisius is worth.
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    Nazareth College

    • Rochester, NY
    • 695 reviews
    College Sophomore:A lot of my art professors have been really great and cared a lot about their students. The PEQ courses have been fine and most of those professors have been fine as well, honestly those courses just feel like necessary evils, along with the IS courses.
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    Vassar College

    • Poughkeepsie, NY
    • 586 reviews
    College Freshman:There are a wide variety of courses at very with a plethora of topics. Vassar offers many courses you will not find anywhere else. Professors are very intelligent and willing to help students. Professors will know you by name, and know what you are capable of since the class size is so small.
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    SUNY Potsdam

    • Potsdam, NY
    • 659 reviews
    College Freshman:Beautiful, natural environment, good food, nice people, helpful professors, and abundant resources. There are many events and extracurricular activities available on and off campus, and the staff is very nice. It is also interesting to attend a 200-year old (in 2016) college!
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    CUNY Queens College

    • Flushing, NY
    • 873 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus is beautiful. The classes are okay. A handful of professors make exams difficult, making it necessary for a curve. Which makes me constantly reevaluate my own performance.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,753 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    Adelphi University

    • Garden City, NY
    • 1,106 reviews
    College Junior:I am very happy I chose Adelphi University, for many reasons. Adelphi University is very diverse, containing a numerous amounts of programs to fit every unique individual. I also enjoy how beautiful the campus is.
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    St. Lawrence University

    • Canton, NY
    • 706 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love St. Lawrence University. It is by far one of my favorite places on Earth. The north country people are so very nice and the environment feels perfect for me. I've had so many wonderful experiences here that it is hard to choose one. However, if I had to talk about one, I would say every weekend when me and my friends get together to have burritos and watch movies. My school is unique because there is so much more to being here than just being a student. You are part of the community. If I could choose to come here again I would do it without a doubt.
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    College Sophomore:I love my school. I have made an amazing group of friends. I have also grown and matured during my first year there. The professors are wonderful and there is great opportunity for success. I would definitely choose this school again, but if money wasn't hindering me, I might have chosen a different school.
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    SUNY Geneseo

    • Geneseo, NY
    • 834 reviews
    College Senior:Incredible. Amazing alumni relations, great student life involvement. Highly suggest getting involved in Greek life, there are great leadership opportunities and post grad opportunities. Couldn't have asked for a better college experience feel fully complete by all that is offered here. Expansion is happening in great places too such as the school of business and athletics.
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    Monroe College - Bronx

    • Bronx, NY
    • 672 reviews
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    Marist College

    • Poughkeepsie, NY
    • 951 reviews
    College Sophomore:Marist is beautiful. Your experience there is as good as you make it, so the more activities that you are involved with, the better your experience will be. Marist has so many good programs to offer.
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    Colgate University

    • Hamilton, NY
    • 959 reviews
    College Junior:I'd be lying if I said I 100% loved everything about Colgate. It definitely has its downsides and I felt very uncomfortable during orientation when stuck with a bunch of rich kids talking about their summers on "the vineyard." HOWEVER, I eventually got used to this, found my own group of friends, and learned to accept that there are a ton of rich, wealthy kids here-- and that most of them are very nice.


    The opportunities are amazing, and that's what I came here for. I go to classes with ton of smart, beautiful, interesting people. I learn from great professors and read challenging but thought-provoking books. I live on a beautiful campus, and even though there's not much to do in the surrounding area, that means that we're forced to appreciate each other and our time on campus :)

    I especially love the great offerings and opportunity to make friends within the hundreds of clubs, organizations, club sports, intramural sports, and a capella groups on campus. (Join something! Right away! Don't hesitate!) There are so many great opportunities through these clubs for fun outings (like Ski Club!) and interesting lectures (like International Relations Council!).

    I also think Colgate is the perfect size. I'm always meeting new, interesting people, but I see friends everywhere I go!

    Career Services is really helpful, and this is great considering a lot of people worry that going to a liberal arts school makes it harder to get hired. I really recommend the SophoMORE Connections event available sophomore year. It's a great way to practice networking, meet alumni, and learn about different career options. Students who are interested in an unpaid summer internship also apply for grant money-- about half of people who apply receive it and you can get over $4,000 if you need it!

    The Study Abroad offerings are amazing too! --and students on financial aid get extra grant money for that semester to help them out! (Thank god!)

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    Columbia University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Junior:For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.
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    SUNY Cortland

    • Cortland, NY
    • 754 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love everything about my school and the program I chose to be a part of. My experience thus far has been great. I do miss my family but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing.
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