Best College Reviews' ranking of college student union buildings is the most comprehensive to date, and attempts to be all encompassing, using factors such as architectural notability and student satisfaction.
The student union building, also known as a student activity center or SAC, is a facility designed for student recreation and socialization. The goal of a high quality student union building is to be the community center of the college or university, often including fun activities such as billiards, bowling, ping pong, arcades or even rock walls. They also are used to hold entertainment such as live musical performances or even small scale academic conferences. The Best College Reviews' ranking aims to measure the best of the best, taking these various purposes into consideration.
"American universities have been on a building and renovation spree in the past decade, producing some truly awe inspiring student unions. College kids today have it as good as they ever have when it comes to facilities, and this list amply illustrates that fact." said James Arney, chief author and researcher for the list.
Campuses that made the list include:
25. Union South, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin
24. Student Union, University of North Florida - Jacksonville, Florida
23. George Sherman Union, Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts
22. Houston Harte University Center, Angelo State University - San Angelo, Texas
21. Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
20. Memorial Union, Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon
19. Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center, Brigham Young University - Provo, Utah
18. Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University - New York City, New York
17. Arkansas Union, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas
16. Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
15. O'Hara Student Center, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14. K-State Student Union, Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas
13. Bronco Student Center, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, California
12. McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, Illinois
11. Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
9. Tivoli Student Union, University of Colorado Denver - Denver, Colorado
8. Price Center, University of California San Diego - San Diego, California
7. Michigan Union, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
6. Elmo Natali Student Center, California University of Pennsylvania - California, Pennsylvania
5. J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida
4. EMU Student Center, East Michigan University - Ypsilanti, Michigan
3. New Ohio Union, Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio
2. Mountainlair, West Virginia University - Morgantown, West Virginia
1. Student Union, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma
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