The problem lies not in what the University has, but rather what it does not have. For a private school with expensive tuition, the facilities are small and unimpressive. The Pryz is a poor excuse for a student center because its main purpose is a dining hall. Other than that, the building has auditoriums for student groups and administration to sponsor events, such as lectures or meetings, and houses many administration-run student service centers. So what is left of the Pryz for students are offices for student organizations and a Starbucks—thank god for Starbucks. The DuFour Center, CUA's athletic facility, while a little distant from central campus, is big and helpful for student athletes, though most students don't trek across campus to use it. And while the library is pleasant, it is continuously ranked as one of the worst in the country. It is difficult to keep a happy face when students hear that neighboring universities have a bowling alley, movie theater, or larger congregating spaces with more student-friendly activities. However, students at CUA are resourceful and resort to other means of fun.
On the positive side, the campus is pretty, with green grass and attractive horticulture and plant life. Nature-wise, the campus is at an advantage, offering students places to tan, sit, or play sports when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Conversely, when the winter moves in, there is plenty of space for snow to gather, facilitating fun snowball fights and downhill sledding. And that pretty much is the extent of the facilities' positives.