These Are the 10 Best College Dorms in America

published Oct 2, 2022
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College dorms are no longer synonymous with cinderblock-sized rooms and cafeteria food. Thanks to the rise of dorm decor content on TikTok and schools’ efforts to modernize their students’ on-campus housing, dorm life can be downright cozy. But where can you find the best college dorms in America?

The Princeton Review recently released its 2022 ranking of the best college dorms, based on student ratings of their dorms and residence halls.

Taking the top spot is Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The school offers a range of modern and traditional housing options for students, including a space just for freshmen and sophomores known as the South 40. Featuring a technology center, a fitness center, intramural fields, and basketball and sand volleyball courts, the South 40 stands apart as a home away from home.

Coming in second place is Texas Christian University. Based in Fort Worth, Texas since 1873, the school stands apart from the pack by offering on-campus housing specifically geared towards first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The school also scored third place in the Princeton Review’s evaluation of the best quality of life and best-run colleges.

Taking third place is Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Offering close access to one of the South’s major cities, Emory offers modern kitchens and free laundry machines to its on-campus students.

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High Point University comes in fourth. Located in High Point, North Carolina, the school offers a whopping 10 residence options for freshmen, with amenities including an on-site movie theater, an “upscale restaurant,” and a full-time academic help center. Oh, and did we mention the school has its own tiny home community?

Rounding out the top five is the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Unlike some of the other schools on this list, Rose-Hulman requires freshmen to live on campus for their first year of college. Luckily, their dorm suites come with modern kitchens and appliances, as well as a gender-inclusive living environment aimed to be inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.

You can check out the full list of top college dorms here.