Public colleges with luxurious dorms

You don't have to go to a private university to find top-notch student housing. These state schools offer very comfortable accommodations.

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Dec 4, 2012 10:23AM

I have 2 kids in college.  Do the math.  I think you will find that dorms, apartments, and houses generate positive cash-flow for universities.  Supply and demand.   If someone keeps offering stupid loans to stupid students, the demand continues.

Oct 4, 2012 7:45AM
these dorms do not look luxurious at all... just normal.

Oct 3, 2012 7:33PM
A microwave and a refrigerator??? In the same room?? Please to meet you, your majesty.
Oct 3, 2012 5:30PM

The newly modular-constructed student housing at Cheyney University is certainly among the best in the nation and for sure deserves a nod in the next enactment of "Public colleges with luxurious dorms." The suite style units offer a range from one-person to four person suites, equipped with bathrooms and vanities, kitchenettes (fridge and microwave included), living room and dining room spaces. With an abundance of natural light from the beautifully designed large curtainwall windows the suite’s interiors are also skillfully crafted with natural wood trimmings/ doors/ cabinetry/ furniture and sustainable/ recyclable materials such as carpet and VCT flooring. Added to that are the wonderfully designed Lounge/ Recreational/ Study areas consisting of wood slat walls & ceilings, stone & wood flooring, curtainwall glazing/ bay windows, glass/ stainless steel rails, and tastefully selected light fixtures. Each public space has wood floors & ceilings, stone walls (extended from the exterior) with wall-wash light fixtures, floor to ceiling glass windows, and 60” plasma screens! The building is fully Wi-Fi with wired connections in each room and public space, and access to the building/ rooms is by card access only. The exquisite materials of the building exterior are natural mica stone, cast stone, amazingly detailed curtainwall glazing, and patterned zinc roofs and dormers. The building surrounds perfectly laid out landscaping and outdoor spaces with sleek outdoor lighting. Cheyney University, the first established historically black university in the United States, is a little known fact and a hidden gem. This new housing is certainly a diamond in the rough that demonstrates a cutting edge and thoughtfully designed building worthy of the title of one of the best dorms. If you are/ will be in the Pennsylvania area this building certainly deserves a look!

Oct 3, 2012 3:39PM
What's wrong with you people.  These rooms are like living in a cheap Motel 6.  You think that's luxury?  Just how low-class are you anyway.  I wouldn't want to live in one of those rooms.  Get real... neither would you!
Oct 3, 2012 3:28PM
I'm not a father but a much younger friend with two children going to college at UC San Diego told them to live well now in the luxurious dorms as they may not live on that level ever again.  He was half serious with them.  They have a spa, tanning salons and great cuisine in the cafeterias. 
Oct 3, 2012 3:01PM

i lived in the residence halls at the university of nevada for two years and seriously have no complains. yes, it adds to the tuition but the experiences ive had were priceless and life changing. they have living communities that allow students to live with those who have the same major as them to allow better networking and easier adjustment. some "dorms" do NOT like to be referred to as that becauise they have plenty of staff that work very hard on making it a community and not just a place to sleep in.


i do not come from money but i was able to afford it thanks to student grants and scholarships. it's best to take a campus tour and ask allt he questions you can, even the uncomfortable ones, to make sure you understand what you are paying for.



Oct 3, 2012 2:25PM
I was surprised the University of North Carolina at Asheville wasn't on this list.  ALL dorms are suite style with no community bathrooms.  The views are amazing and the buildings are very well maintained if they are not the newer complexes.
Has to do with Romney 's elite class of Americans who are better than everyone else. Time for the guillotine.
im sure these cozy and luxurious dorms are also 100% more expensive, you get what you pay for, 
Oct 3, 2012 1:54PM
I can't help but think that all these amenities and luxuries come at the expense of the current and future student tuition dollars.  A nice place to live is attractive, but I would hope a school's ability to teach, motivate, and inspire a learner to achieve would be most important to students.  Secondly, I would also assume that all these luxuries raise the standards of consumerism, which spurs the economy due to spending, but ultimately destroys the individual by creating a bad ratio of conspicuous consumption to savings rate...this is why so many high income folks will never be rich.

My grandpa went to USC on the GI bill and never made more than $120K/yr in salary when he retired from the public sector, yet due to his investments, savings, and economic expansion, he was able to leave his estate of over $2.5M.  Meanwhile, his two grandchildren went to USC 45 years later at $40K/yr.  One is in pharmacy school, the other has no motivation to work.  Definitely something wrong with my generation.
Sep 26, 2012 11:48AM
These are more like hotels than dorms, my gosh! I thought I was living it up in a 50 year old building with 45 cable channels, wifi, a bathroom shared between 25 girls, and no AC.
Sep 26, 2012 11:19AM

During the ealy 60's, the selective service system gave 2-S classification to those who could afford to attend an accredited college fulltime. In those days, if one couldn't afford college, then it was out of reach; there were no federal grants or loans.


So, a healthy man (only drafted men) had no money, he was classified 1-A and ready for military service.


Part of the logic to defer college men stemmed from the economics of the colleges. If a person could not afford college, then they would not contribute to the college anyway. So, tthe hought that the person who had no money for college would more than likely not contributemuch, if anything to society anyway so, he goes into the military and likely placed in a most dangerous situation, that of infantry.


Lovely country some of grew up in. Find the members names of the local draft boards, then thank their sons, grandsons for the fine work and logical decisions.

Sep 26, 2012 11:08AM
I'm struck by the percentage of schools being profiled here that are academic 2nd- or 3rd-stringers.  My oldest daughter just graduated from MIT.  Her dorm for 4 years was a run-down, 70+ year-old building w/ resident vermin and few amenities.    Daughter # 2 is at William & Mary, an internationally ranked university which is also a Virginia state school.  Her dorm is the typical cramped, communal-bathroom affair many of us are familiar with.  Seems to me the administrators at academically-strong schools see little need for for upscale housing.   The administrators at the schools shown here have decided to play to student's taste for luxury rather than concentrate on their academic programs.  If I were a parent or student I'd be very cautious about a school that caters to such issues over the core academic mission.
Sep 26, 2012 11:01AM
The dorms look great but there is a big down side.  At many universities the dorms cost more per semester than the education.   To make matters worse, many universities require (with good reason) freshmen to live on campus during their freshman year.

If things keep going the way they have been over the last 20 years, not only with the students whose families aren't wealthy not be able to send them to the elite schools, their won't be able to send them to the state universities either.  The only middle class students that will be attending universities will be those of full ride scholarships and those whose families live in the area.

Dorms need to be well maintained and safe but, do they really need suites and private baths?

Sep 26, 2012 8:48AM
The Georgia State one is hilarious. Anyone who lives in Atlanta would know that.
Sep 26, 2012 8:38AM
My daughter is a Penn State student and believe me the apartment complex where she lives is extremely expensive for what it is and it is no luxury suite.  There are 4 girls in an apartment built for 3 students. One bedroom is good size for 2 students while the other bedroom is very small even for 1 student and there are 2 girls sharing it. Rent?  As much as the mortgage on my house plus they charge an outrageous fee for parking. Do I think my daughter is safe? Hell no! Three buildings 15 stories high, long hallways, and parking poorly designed with lots of corners for hiding for anyone who wanted to do harm to a student.  Is my daughter used to luxurious living? No, she isn't but when I think how much rent this apartment complex is collecting each month I would expect her to have some bennies that just aren't there.  I would LOVE for my daughter to be in the PSU dorm that's listed as being a luxury dorm ..... at least I might think she was safe.

As far as the other luxury dorms/apartments in this article. Let's remember that many college students today are used to living in luxury and being pampered by their parents. Most of my daughter's friends live in homes that are very large new homes with new furnishings and top of the line appliances. My daughter and I live in a modest home with older appliances but we are lucky enough to have a 2 car garage and a very small above ground pool. There have been times in the past where my daughter was embarassed to bring friends home with her because she was embarassed by our home! Luckily, she outgrew that stage and learned her friends really didn't care as long as they felt comfortable.  Point is - why would "Mommy and Daddy" send their pampered child off to school unless they had all the comforts of home except for maybe the maid service? Parents today will pay for luxurious dorms and apartments for their poor, little children because they wouldn't want them "slumming it" .... would they?

Sep 26, 2012 7:48AM

Live large pay large these extras will cost a a plenty.

What happened to the Rendezvous Complex at Idaho State University?  This facility gives students a quick and tangible experience of the life-style they could afford with a university education.
Sep 25, 2012 11:11PM
What does it cost to stay in these dorms?  Can I call them dorms?  More like resort hotel rooms.  Tuition is only half the cost of a college education, but hey, you go right ahead and get that psychology degree!  Sure you'll pay it off in no time.
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