Wednesday March 2, 2011

Fine Living

Dormsplash.com listed the University as having the 13th-best residence facilities in the nation, according to its survey of students.

Living on campus at the University of Dayton has its benefits. The residence halls on campus rank among the best in the nation according to a new website.

The University of Dayton ranked 13th among schools with the highest average review of its residence halls on DormSplash.com, which announced its inaugural "Dormy Awards" March 1 to coincide with the launch of its website. The awards are based on more than 7,100 reviews of campus residence halls, submitted by students from across the country.

The University of Dayton received an average rating of 3.9 out of 5. It is the only Ohio school in the top 14.

The University recently completed a five-year, $42.5-million renovation to the Stuart, Marycrest, Virginia W. Kettering and Campus South residence facilities. Projects included upgrades to elevators, air conditioning, windows, restrooms and central gathering areas and space for Campus Ministry, and installation of new drywall, carpet, ceilings and lighting. The overall goal is to "provide as comfortable and welcoming an environment as possible for our students," according to Leslie Groesbeck, University of Dayton director of planning and construction management.

DormSplash.com is the newest addition to the CampusSplash network of websites, which specialize in news and applications for college life and college admissions. DormSplash allows students to read and write anonymous reviews of residence halls all across the country on categories such as room size, cleanliness, study environment, bathrooms and convenient location.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.