Less than affordable college housing

The rent is too damn high.

Rent, in this case, is the rate of room and board fees at many of America’s colleges and universities. In my most recent piece for the print edition of the Claremont Port Side, I examined the issue at the Claremont Colleges. What I found was rather astonishing; the prices for the same type of rooms at two different colleges could have an almost $1,000 difference.

I explored a number of possible solutions for housing costs and quality. Pomona College, the most well-known of the Claremont Colleges, is often put on the Princeton Review’s list for having “Dorm’s Like Palaces,” this year coming in at #16.

Sometimes, however, this just isn’t the case. Recently, President Barack Obama chastised universities for charging outrageously high fees for their goods and services. With five of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges within a 1 square mile patch of land, it’s much easier to see if the President’s allegations are true.

You can read my entire piece in the April 2012 print issue of the Port Side, available here.


About Jonathan Rice

Fulbright Fellow, Pitzer College alum, and communicator passionate about telling stories that make an impact.

Posted on 04/03/2012, in College, Commentary, General and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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