Radford University dorms rank among the best
Radford University's residence halls have been named among the best in the state.
Niche Rankings, an online ranking and review site, placed the dorms on its list of "Best Dorms in Virginia." Radford ranked No. 3 in the state and among the top 100 nationwide.
According to the Niche Rankings website, Best Dorms ranks 903 colleges based on four statistics and more than 630,000 opinions from 60,000 students. A high ranking indicates that campus housing offers a safe, healthy living environment that is reasonably priced and that students are very satisfied with housing quality, cleanliness and amenities.
Radford University is home to 15 residence halls. An extensive renovation project has incorporated air conditioning, updated study areas and other convenient amenities into many of the dorms. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2016.
On track with Radford University's sustainability efforts, three of the residence halls have earned the LEED Gold status. LEED is a voluntary program that provides verification of green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED-certified buildings lower operating costs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste sent to landfills, are healthier for occupants and conserve energy and water.
Five of the residence halls have also been Energy Star-certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star rating use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review ranked Radford University among the "greenest U.S. campuses."
To read more about Radford University's Niche ranking, visit their website.