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2017 Best College Dorms Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Best College Dorms ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus housing that is safe and clean with modern amenities at reasonable prices. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Student Surveys on Campus HousingNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of campus housing at each school.Self-reported by Niche users70.0%
Average Housing CostAverage cost of campus housing, as reported by the college.U.S. Dept. of Education10.0%
Housing CapacityTotal housing capacity as a percentage of full-time undergraduate student enrollment, as reported by the college.U.S. Dept. of Education10.0%
Student Housing Crime RateRate of crimes committed in on-campus housing facilities per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.U.S. Dept. of Education10.0%

This ranking assesses 1,398 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Dorms Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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