SHU ranks fifth in state for dorm buildings

Katherine Boland/Staff Photographer

Katherine Boland/Staff Photographer

SHU has recently been ranked fifth in the state for quality of dorm buildings according to, a research site that compares public responses with statistical data to calculate the most accurate descriptions of institutions.

Factors considered in this calculation included student surveys, housing capacity and cost, and student housing crime rate.

Some more notable schools that Seton Hall beat are Rutgers University and Montclair State University, which are six times and two times Seton Hall’s student population, respectively.

Cheryl McCloskey, assistant director of Housing Operations, said that diverse housing options and frequent renovations are two of the reasons she believed Seton Hall is fifth on the list.

McCloskey spoke about the three different types of dorms offered at Seton Hall: suite style, community corridor style, and apartment style. Renovations have been made to at least four of the dorms on campus within recent years.

But what makes Seton Hall’s dorms really special, McCloskey added, are the students within the residence halls.

“Residence halls are far more than the bricks and mortar they are built from. We have wonderful, diverse residents who come together to form a beautiful community filled with positive energy, servant leadership, and academic success,” McCloskey said. “Our residence halls are a great place to make your ‘Home at the Hall.’”

The Setonian polled 124 students and asked if Seton Hall should have been ranked so high.

About 45 percent of those students disagreed with the ranking, 37 percent thought the dorms could be better, and about 18 percent agreed with the ranking.

Rising sophomore and chemistry major, Jonathan Carter, doesn’t believe that SHU dorms should have ranked as high as they did.

“Beyond simply the lack of rooms available, when I went to visit friends I found that the shower tiles were stained and nasty, even in Aquinas,” Carter said. “Furthermore, they really don’t offer much space for the price you’re paying.”

Carter said that his siblings at other schools pay less for housing, but had more space, which included a living room.

Kyle Buaya, a rising sophomore nursing major at Seton Hall, echoed McCloskey’s sentiment about the people within the dorms making all the difference, saying the staff took her experience from “okay to fantastic!”

Author: Isabel Soisson

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