Saginaw Valley State dormitories rank No. 1 in national survey
SAGINAW, MI – Dormitory rooms with stove tops, microwaves and private bedroom suites helped Saginaw Valley State University to rank No. 1 on a survey of best public university dorms.
The university beat 1,370 other colleges in the ranking by Niche, a company that analyzes data and surveys related to higher education institutions.
Niche awarded SVSU the top spot for 2019 “best dorms” thanks to students who reported their happiness with living on campus.
“It’s the first time we’ve been number one among public universities,” said J.J. Boehm, director of media relations for the university, adding that they also ranked eighth overall among all universities in the country.
The company calculated its ranking using a weighted formula where 70 percent of a school’s score comes from students’ satisfaction with their housing, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a news release sent out by the university.
One of the changes for the new school year was to renovate suites first-year students lived in. The suites they lived in originally housed eight students – two in each bedroom. Now they will house four, giving each student their own bedroom in the suite.
Boehm said all of the student housing on campus has kitchenettes that include a sink, stove top and microwave.
Kaylyn Buzzell, a first year grad student studying occupational therapy and living on campus, wrote in an email to MLive that the dorms are beautiful and “so convenient.”
Buzzell lives in a double-efficiency dorm with her boyfriend, after they introduced a coed dorm option at the school, and she did it again this school year because they loved what it had to offer. Her first year she lived in a townhouse with three other roommates.
She added that her classes, the campus library, cafeterias and the gym are all within comfortable walking distance from her dorm.
“I definitely would recommend living in these dorms to anybody,” she wrote. “It helps give you the whole college experience and you make lifetime friends here.”
Roughly 2,450 students live on campus for the 2018-2019 school year, including about 133 from Saginaw County, Boehm said.
The top three counties for students living on SVSU’s campus are from the metro Detroit area – Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
The cost of room and board on campus ranges from roughly $9,800 to $10,900 a year, depending on the package a student selects.
“The most satisfying part of that finding is that 70 percent of your study is based on student satisfaction surveys,” Boehm said.