NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- For many students, going off to college is the first time they are living away from home. Students who choose to live on campus rather than with their parents hope to have a chance to exercise the independence and responsibility that they otherwise may not have.
Since first-year students move from home to campus so suddenly, many colleges try a variety of ways to ease the transition. Many college residence halls offer programs and organize events that encourage community and support among the students living there.
Ranking and review site Niche.com has sourced data from a number of government and public data sets, the Web site's own data, and over 600,000 opinion-based survey responses by current students and recent alumni to rank the best college dorms in the United States.
While elements such as reasonable housing costs, safe and healthy living environments, and the percentage of students who live on campus are important, students' opinions on the quality, cleanliness, amenities, and community were considered the most important factors in judging this category. As a result, student surveys accounted for 70% of the Dorm grade for each college.
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25. Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
Average Housing Cost: $10,961
Housing Capacity: 42%
Student Housing Crime Rate: 0 per 1000
Student Surveys on Campus Housing: 4.1 out of 5
First-year students at Sonoma State University have a choice between academic and themed communities. Themed communities include Global Engagement, Expressive Arts, Gender-Inclusive, and Leadership and Service. Residential Community Villages are available to returning students, and offer suite-style housing.