Higher Education: Dorms
Schools are spending millions on plush residence halls, looking for an edge in recruiting.
The Commons has 16 community living rooms and 16 study rooms. [Photo: Nova Southeastern University]
Nova Southeastern University, Davie
Building cost: $45 million (two buildings)
Amenities: Unlimited free laundry, wireless internet, cable TV, 16 lounges
Floor plans: Suites with four single bedrooms or three single bedrooms and one double (shared) room
Rates: $3,960/semester (single); $3,221/year (double); Residents are also required to purchase a $1,300 "declining balance" plan that covers food and drinks.
Notable: The five-story, state-of-the-art living quarters house 525 students and include 16 community living rooms and 16 study rooms. Groups of rooms are organized into "communities," which house students sharing similar academic or social interests. Studious types can reside in the "Quiet Corridor." Student leader types can opt for a community that brings together leaders from executive boards of clubs and organizations, student government and other groups.