The 25 Best College Dorms in America

Carol E. Corker

Deciding where to go to college can feel like the biggest decision in a young person’s life.

And with the last year spent indoors, the quality of dorms could be a deal-maker or deal-breaker for young students.

Here are 25 of the best college dorms in America, according to reviews and ratings on college information site Niche.

1. High Point University

High Point University is a great feature of North Carolina’s skyline
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High Point University in North Carolina is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It has an A+ rating for its campus, according to Niche.

The college is private and costs on average about $38,745 a year to attend. Its acceptance rate is 75 percent.

2. Washington University in St Louis

Washington University
Washington University in St. Louis has a beautiful campus
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Overall, this college scores an A+ on niche, with an A+ campus too.

Its costs on average about $27,108 a year and students say that the culture is a “work hard play hard.” Almost all freshmen live on campus, according to Niche’s data.

Its admission rate is 14 percent, so the chances of getting in are a little lower than most.

3. Johnson University

Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, gets an A+ grade for its dorms, and scores a B+ overall.

Students say that the environment is caring and friendly. Eighty six percent of students don’t have “Greek life” (fraternities and sororities) and 85 percent of freshmen live on campus.

The college costs about $18,921 a year.

4. Saginaw Valley State University

This college has A+ dorms, according to Niche’s data, and scores a B overall.

Students describe the college, where nursing is the most popular major, as friendly.

It costs approximately $14,271 per year to attend and most students receive financial aid.

5. Union University

Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, dorms get an A+ grading on Niche.

It also scores an A for student life and overall, gets an A-.

Its acceptance rate is 53 percent and their fees are about $31,980 per year.

6. Grand Canyon University

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The Grand Canyon University has some iconic tourist attractions nearby
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Grand Canyon University is a private, non-profit university that scores an overall rating of B- on Niche. It has an A+ campus and A+ dorms, and students say that other students are very outgoing.

It costs about $21,332 per year on average, and 99 percent of students receive financial aid. Its acceptance rate is 77 percent.

7. Indiana Wesleyan University

Dorms at Indiana Wesleyan University score an A+ on Niche, and it gets a B+ overall.

However, students wanting to party might want to go elsewhere. The party scene is rated graded D+.

IWU costs about $21,619 per year.

8. Stevenson University

The dorms are A+ at Stevenson University, according to Niche’s findings, which give it a B+ overall.

Stevenson University has an acceptance rate of 81 percent and costs on average about $27,913 per year. Most students receive financial aid.

9. California University of Pennsylvania

The California University of Pennsylvania’s dorms are graded A+ and wider student life scores a B. Overall, Niche gives it a B-.

This college has a 99 percent acceptance rate and costs about $18,264 a year.

10. University of South Carolina – Beaufort

USC Beaufort is a public university in South Carolina and scores an overall grade of B- from Niche. The college’s dorms are given an A+ and their campus scores a B.

Its student life isn’t as great and scores a B-, according to Niche’s data.

Its acceptance rate is 63% and the tuition fees are $16,807 per year.

11. Liberty University

This college scores an average grade of a B+ and is the sixth best online college in America, according to Niche’s data.

The dorms are A+, as is the campus and the campus food. The tuition fees are $28,181 per year and most students get financial aid.

12. Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf State University scored an overall grade of B+ according to Niche data. The dorms are A+, according to Niche, and the campus scores an A.

Its acceptance rate is 67 percent and its fees are $11,621 per year.

13. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara is a Catholic Chapel and has its own student chapel
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The University of Santa Clara scores a stellar A+ overall according to Niche data, and has A+ dorms and an A grade campus.

It is a private, Catholic university, located in the San Francisco Bay area.

Its acceptance rate is 49 percent and its fees are $42,114 per year.

14. Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is the second best Liberal Arts college in the U.S., according to Niche, which scores it A+ overall.

The campus is A grade quality, it says, and the dorms are A+.

The acceptance rate is only 9 percent though, so it might be a little harder to get in. Fees come in on average at $23,808 per year.

15. Smith College

Smith College is in Massachusetts and is the third best women’s college in America, according to Niche’s rankings.

The site gives it an overall A+ rating and its dorms are also A+. The acceptance rate is 32 percent and its fees are about $28,905 per year, with 71 percent of students receiving financial aid.

16. Regent University

Regent University in Virginia Beach scores a B grade overall, with an A+ for its dorms and an A+ for its campus.

Regent University has an acceptance rate of 86 percent. The fees are $15,062 per year, and 99 percent of students receive financial aid.

17. Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University in California scores an overall grade of B- on Niche, with its dorms scoring an A+.

The campus scores a B+, according to Niche’s data, and the party scene only scores a B-, so this might not be the place for students wanting to let their hair down.

They have an acceptance rate of 91 percent and its tuition fees are approximately $17,086 per year.

18. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania scores an average grade of C+ according to Niche’s data. Its dorms are A+ and their overall Campus scores a B.

Its acceptance rate is 96 percent and the cost of tuition is about $18,153 per year.

19. Yale University

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Yale University’s campus is historic and prestigious
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The prestigious Yale University scores an A+ overall and for its dorms and party scene.

It’s ranked by Niche as the best college in America for studying history. However be warned, its acceptance rate is only 6 percent.

It costs about $18,073 per year and 64 percent of students receive financial aid.

20. University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is the sixth best college in Alabama, according to Niche, and scores a B+ overall.

Its dorms score an A+ on the website, as does its campus. It has an acceptance rate of 46 percent. The tuition fees for this university are on average about $21,847 per year.

21. Texas Christian University

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Texas Christian University also has its own chapel
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Texas Christian University is the tenth best Christian college in America, according to Niche, and scores an overall A grade.

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the dorms score an A+, as does the campus and student life rating.

This university has an acceptance rate of 47 percent and costs on average $37,509 per year to attend.

22. California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a Christian college with an acceptance rate of 78 percent and tuition fees that cost on average $23,055 a year.

This college scores an overall grade of B+ on Niche. Its dorms score an A+, as does the campus. However, their party scene only scores a C- on Niche’s scale.

23. Friends University

Friends University, in Kansas, scores an overall grade of B- according to Niche’s Data. Its dorms score an A+, while its campus gets an A-, and the party scene gets a B.

The acceptance rate is 46 percent and the tuition fees come in at $20,641 per year. Most students receive financial aid.

24. Wisconsin Lutheran College

This college has an overall B score according to Niche’s data. The dorms are A+ and their campus is A-.

The Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian college with an acceptance rate of 89 percent and fees of about $21,836 per year.

Students say they are busy here, but have a good amount of time to relax.

25. Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 100 percent and fees of $26,476 per year, according to Niche’s data.

This college scores is given a average rating of B, while its dorms are rated A+ and its campus and student life rankings are straight As.

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