Cappex Checks In With Top 25 Schools for Best College Dorms

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The final category of the 2015 Cappies™ highlights the nation’s universities with the best on-campus living arrangements

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For first-year students especially, a happy dorm life is the difference between a great first year of school and a terrible one.

The college dormitory is where students spend a majority of their time while on campus, and in many ways it represents the key to a successful college experience. For first-year students especially, a happy dorm life is the difference between a great first year of school and a terrible one. It’s where friends are made, conflicts get resolved, and a good night’s sleep hopefully takes place. A college with dorms that offer all these, plus nice bathrooms, general spaciousness and close proximity to classrooms, is a college where people want to spend the next four years.

Most colleges provide such living arrangements to incoming students. Some offer innovative options for living arrangements, and an extensive list of amenities – not to mention a wide variety of social, educational, and career programming. Twenty-five of those schools have been named as The 2015 CappiesTM’ winners for “Best College Dorms”.

Cappex, Your College Decision HeadquartersTM, helps students discover new colleges and scholarships, compare top choices and read student reviews. With this mission in mind, Cappex created the 2015 Cappies™, a compilation of more than 1.4 million student reviews of more than 2,000 colleges and universities. The result is a list honoring America’s top 25 favorite schools across six popular categories.

Today, Cappex is pleased to announce the schools with the highest ratings in the “Best College Dorms” category.

Check out some of the specifics that got the attention of Cappex student reviewers and elevated certain schools to the top of the 2015 CappiesTM.

  • Loyola University Maryland (#5) offers upperclassmen suite-style apartment-type dorms, which feature walk-in closets, a fully equipped kitchen, and in some spaces up to four bathrooms.
  • At High Point University (#4), students enjoy plasma televisions in dorm rooms, a free movie theater, and even a steak restaurant.
  • At Bowdoin College (#2), 92% of students choose to live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing. All eight of Bowdoin’s freshman dorms have undergone extensive renovations in recent years.

Many of the reviews of the 2015 Cappies™ recipient schools cited the spaciousness of the dorms, as well as unique features such as private bathrooms, closet space, and full kitchens for cooking. The schools that made their dorms feel like “home”, as opposed to a large building with rooms and communal showers, received the highest marks.

“College is where incoming freshmen must adjust to extended life on their own for the very first time, so a welcoming dorm environment with support and space can make all the difference in the world,” said Sarah Wilde, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Cappex’s reviewers weren’t shy when it came to rating dorm life, and the living experience on campuses across the nation. Ideally, the right dorm can help with the transition into real world living, and can breed confidence in even the most homesick of students.”

For the complete listing of colleges and universities Cappex students selected for having the best on-campus living arrangements, check out the full list of schools in the Best College Dorms category now. Please also see the complete list of winners for The 2015 Cappies™ in the other five categories: Hardest Colleges, Best Colleges for Activities, Best Value Colleges, Safest Colleges and Best College Food.

About Cappex
With more than 6 million student users, Cappex is a top web destination for high school and college students as they actively discover and research colleges online. Cappex provides free tools for students to determine their best fit for colleges and scholarships as well as search from more than 3,000 college profiles. Cappex also works closely with admissions officers at hundreds of colleges and universities to help them reach their enrollment goals by going beyond student search to generate qualified inquiries online. Schools can attract the students they want without needing to spend time identifying lists and writing campaigns. Learn more at

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Eileen Rochford, eileenr(at)theharbingergroup(dot)com, 312/953-3305

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