College students are trading in ramen noodles and futons for posh
college amenities. Why not live like a rock star in college? You can
always cram some roommates together in an apartment
after you graduate and start making your student loan payments.
Princeton Review’s The Best 371 Colleges 2010 rates colleges based on
dorm comfort. If you want to study in style, here are the top 5 college
dorms that made the “Dorms Like Palaces” list by the Princeton Review.
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# 1 Smith College Dorms (Northampton, Mass.)
Tuition & Fees: $37,758 / yr
Room & Board: $12,622 /yr
Weekly tea parties & Candle-lit dinners with teachers: Priceless
an all-girls college, it makes perfect sense to focus on romance and
creature comforts. This liberal arts college woos the ladies with
intimate housing arrangements. Students live in spacious wood-frame or
brick houses on a beautifully landscaped campus – “complete with a pond
and a waterfall”. It is a tradition at this school to have weekly tea
party socials and candle-lit dinners with faculty served in the comfort
of their homey dorms.
#2 Loyola University in Maryland Dorms (Baltimore,MD)
Tuition & Fees: $36,240 / yr
Room & Board: $9,740 /yr
Food catering service: Priceless
with most universities, there is no such thing as a “school cafeteria”.
Students get “dining services.” Perhaps what makes these dorms special
-aside from the unusually large walk-in closets, is the dining options.
There are over 10 full-blown restaurants spread out on this campus.
Students can chose between Sushi, Indian, Italian, or southwestern
cuisine along with American delis. This Jesuit-based college offers
catering services if you would like to host a study group.
#3 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Dorms (Needham, MA)
Tuition & Fees: $37,900 / yr
Room & Board: $13,485 /yr
Required to live on campus: Pricey
addition to high-tech data ready connectivity of their residences,
there is a homey feel too. Students enjoy fireplaces in the residence
hall lounges, private baths, air conditioning, and cable. This college
also features "Just-In-Time Cooking,” a service where dining faculty
prepares food to order. The eclectic and varied menu in the dining hall
includes vegetarian, vegan, and healthy choice selections. Unless given
an exception from the Dean of student life, all students are required
to live on campus.
#4 Scripps College Dorms (Claremont, CA)
Tuition & Fees: $37,950
Room & Board: $12,600
Sea foam graduation gowns: Priceless
to their website, #4 on their “Top Ten Reasons to Attend Scripps
College” is the designer chimney tops on the campus buildings. Designed
by architect Gordon Kaufmann, the chimney tops were crafted “with
individuality in mind”. Their top ten list of reasons to attend this
all-female college also include: the secret gardens (#7), fresh baked
cookies (#9), and the sea foam graduation gowns (#10). As far as dorms
go, Students enjoy rooms with balconies, walk-in closets, private
bathrooms and community living rooms with a grand piano and fireplace.
#5 Bennington College Dorms (Bennington, VT)
Tuition & Fees: $39.760/year
Room & Board: $11,100 /year
A weekly dose of chocolate-covered strawberries: Priceless
campus resembles nothing less than a beautiful country club retreat. At
Bennington, “dorms” are referred to as “houses”. Students can choose a
house based on its architectural style - from modern to traditional New
England. Most houses have a kitchen and living room complete with
fireplaces. As with many of the colleges on this list, the dining hall
serves entrees from Thai to Cajun to Italian with a wide range of
options, including vegetarian and vegan selections.
April Lentini writes for http://austin.apartmentguide.com
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