2017 Best College Dorms 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

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Campus Housing Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of campus housing at each school. Self-reported by Niche users 70.0%
Average Housing Cost Average cost of campus housing, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Housing Capacity Total housing capacity as a percentage of full-time undergraduate student enrollment, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Student Housing Crime Rate Rate of crimes committed in on-campus housing facilities per 1,000 students, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%

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.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.