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Best dorms

failatlifefailatlife Posts: 13 College Search & Selection Champion
Could you rank the Dorms for incoming freshman
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  • tmarch291tmarch291 Posts: 1 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Ranking the dorms would be hard. They're all built around the same time (1960's) and look like they belong in the former Soviet Union. Saying that, I never had any real complaints about the freshman dorms. They keep them clean and they are very soundproof. The only thing I wish they had was air conditioning, even though it wouldn't be needed most of the year.

    Juniper and Cedar buildings have single sex floors. The buildings are basic dorm style living - single hallway which connects all dorms for the floor. Those buildings have study spaces with balconies. I believe the study spaces were renovated in some of the buildings last year, but I'm not sure which.

    Mistletoe (where I lived) has mostly co-ed floors. Each floor has a four quads containing five rooms (four doubles and a single). Usually, two quads will be male and two will be female. There are two bathrooms per floor, so there is usually one per sex.

    Magnolia is the newest residential village. It was not there when I was a freshman. I believe they use Cutler house and Clarke tower. Cutler house is just like the Mistletoe dorms, so see above for the description. A Clarke tower suite contains a bathroom, kitchenette, and 5 bedrooms, and then there are 4 suites per floor. Not sure if it is co-ed or not.

    As for ranking, it would be hard to give you an answer as the buildings are so similar. But I will leave you with this:

    -If you want a little extra space in your dorm, live in Cedar or Juniper. To my knowledge, those suites are slightly bigger than Mistletoe.
    -If you want a co-ed floor, and a better sense of community (IMO) live in Mistletoe. And again, I lived in Mistletoe, so I'm biased.
  • BluePoodleBluePoodle Posts: 2 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Tmarch has described them really well. I will add that my daughter was in Juniper (the international themed housing) and her building was Norton. Norton was nice because Wade Commons (where you will get your mail) was on one side of their building and on the other side was Leutner dining hall. They selected a corner room as they have a little more square footage. Otherwise, I don't think there is much difference.
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