College-bound high school seniors and their families are at the home stretch where they must narrow down your short list to one school. Academics are certainly a consideration, so is comfort and fit. Part of comfort and fit is satisfaction with college housing.
You will see that there are varied approaches to college housing. If you’re offered admission to an honors program, for example, you may also receive an invitation to live in an honors residence hall or floor. Other schools group incoming freshmen together through survey responses or choices of freshmen seminars. Some schools reserve entire halls for freshmen; others mix students of different classes together. Some schools designed their college housing to be corridor-style (several double rooms share a common bathroom and lounge), others suite style (a smaller number of students share a lounge and bathroom). Some schools offer living/learning communities around areas of academic or personal interest.
Ideally, you visited your short list of schools before submitting applications and got a glimpse of a typical freshman room. Now that acceptances are in, arrange for your student to visit friends who live in such a room, or ask the admissions office to arrange a Friday night visit for you. Incoming students should know what its like to live in a residence hall on a Friday night, when the current students have no classes the next day.
Some questions to keep in your head:
College housing comes in all sorts of arrangements, none really the “best” for everyone. It’s up to you, as customers to consider which will be the best for you not only for the first year, but those afterwards.
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