Is your Dorm one of the Top Ten Most Expensive Dorms in the U.S.?
When it comes to pursuing a degree, getting accepted at the college of your choice can sometimes turn out to be the easiest hurdle you’ll face. After all, the price of your application usually lands you somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty-five to fifty bucks[i]. However, once the school decides to select you as part of their prestigious institution, that’s when the real costs may start piling up. Tuition fees alone tend to make most people reach for their wallet in pain, but if you plan on attending one of the following schools, the room and board could have you paying off loans well into your thirties. Here are the 10 most expensive dorms in the U.S.:
10th most expensive dorm: Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY)
Room and Board: $14,228
A private liberal arts college of around 2,000 undergrads—from 48 states and 36 countries—Marymount Manhattan College provides students with “learning in small classroom settings — our student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1.” That’s pretty much a fancy way of saying it’s going to be expensive.
9th most expensive dorm: University of California—Los Angeles
Room and Board: $14,232
University of California—Los Angeles offers more than 5,000 courses in 109 academic departments with 125 majors as a public research university. There are over 800 clubs to join, and there is an annual festival called the Bruin Bash that kicks off each academic year. In the past, musicians like Jay-Z and LMFAO performed.
8th most expensive dorm: Catholic University of America (DC)
Room and Board: $14,274
A private Catholic college founded in 1887, the Catholic University of America is located just north of Capitol Hill. It boasts 13 schools and 21 research facilities. However, that sort of prestige doesn’t come without a price.
7th most expensive dorm: Loyola Marymount University (CA)
Room and Board: $14,395
Loyola Marymount University is another prestigious Catholic university that is 142 acres and is a bluff-top campus. It has 19 housing facilities that serve around 3,000 students and its undergrad class size is around 21 students.
6th most expensive dorm: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)
Room and Board: $14,400
SUNY has $30 million housing project called Centennial Hall that was completed in 2011. It is a “green” building that houses 452 students. There is even an enclosed bike storage area!
5th most expensive dorm: Harvey Mudd College (CA)
Room and Board: $114,471
Harvey Mudd College is all about engineering, science, and math and the fact that they are a liberal arts college. Oh—and their thoughts about their name? “Our name is Mudd and we’re proud of it.” 99 percent of their students live on campus for all 4 years, and they don’t separate residential students by class rank or whether they are in or out-of-state students.
4th most expensive dorm: Suffolk University (Boston, MA)
Room and Board: $13,970
Originally founded as a law school, Suffolk is located right at the heart of downtown Boston next to the Massachusetts State House and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. With such a prime location, it’s not surprising that this school commands one of the highest costs in the country when it comes to room and board.
3rd most expensive dorm: University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
With roughly 15,000 undergraduate students, the mighty banana slugs of UC Santa Cruz have a slew of housing options spread between the ten residential colleges. The dorms feature a mix of individual rooms, shared rooms, and apartments, with most of the choice apartments being reserved for students who have already completed their first year of college.
2nd most expensive dorm: St. John’s University (NY)
Room and Board: $15,270
St. John’s is a Catholic University founded in 1870 that has 3 residential campuses in New York. Cable ready with wireless Internet access, St. John’s resident halls are ready to welcome you with housing in Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island.
The #1 most expensive dorm in the US: Fordham University (NY)
Room and Board: $15,374
Fordham is a Jesuit university that was founded in 1841 and was originally called St. John’s College. Its name comes from the two words “ford” and “ham” and means “a wading place or ford by a settlement.” It has a Ram Van service that provides inter-campus transportation via cool red vans.
Edited June 2014 by Josepf Haslam