EDsmart Names the 51 Most Phenomenal Student Unions and Campus Centers in the United States

EDsmart, a university ranking service and college planning resource, has revealed its list of the 51 most phenomenal college student unions and campus centers in the United States.


Draper, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/21/2016 -- EDsmart's ranking of college student union buildings is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. Architecture and exterior appeal were the leading features considered in the creation of this ranking. Other considerations considered were facilities, interior appeal, history, tradition, student services, and contribution to student life.

The full list of rankings can be viewed here: (http://www.edsmart.org/amazing-student-unions/)

The number one ranking goes to Slane Center of High Point University. The Slane Center comprises a 40-foot atrium, wellness center with suspended track and basketball court, a swimming pool and sixteen person Jacuzzi, together with major food and coffee chains.

A spokesperson for EDsmart explained, "Student unions embody campus culture and a school's commitment to putting the student first. The student union can give prospective students a great first-impression of a college or university. College students are being provided with some of the most awe-inspiring facilities and this list amply illustrates that fact."

Campuses that made the list include:

51. Hyrum Manwaring Center, BYU-Idaho
50. Memorial Union, University of North Dakota
49. Memorial Union, Oregon State University
48. Marist Student Union Center, Marist College
47. Reng Student Union, Arkansas State University
46. Student Center, Central Connecticut State University
45. Oglesby Union, Florida State University
44. A. Ray Olpin Union, University of Utah
43. Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco University
42. University Center, Lehigh University
41. Memorial Union, University of Oklahoma
40. Union South, University of Wisconsin
39. Student Union, University of North Florida
38. George Sherman Union, Boston University
37. Houston Harte University Center, Angelo State University
36.Ackerman Union, University of California, Los Angeles
35. Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University
34. Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
33. Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center, BYU
32. Ohio Union, Ohio State University
31. Arkansas Union, University of Arkansas
30. Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University
29. Tate Student Center, University of Georgia
28. Wakehurst Student Center, Salve Regina University
27. Wyoming Union, University of Wyoming
26. Nebraska Unions, University of Nebraska
25. Price Center, University of California, San Diego
24. O'Hara Student Center, University of Pittsburgh
23. Adele H Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland
22. K-State Student Union, Kansas State University
21. Shapiro Campus Center, Brandeis University
20. Student Union, Florida Atlantic University
19. Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University
18. Tivoli Student Union, University of Colorado Denver
17. Bronco Student Center, Cal Poly State University
16. Anderson Student Center, University of Saint Thomas, MN
15. Elmo Natali Student Center, California University of Pennsylvania
14. Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania
13. J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida
12. Michigan Union, University of Michigan
11. Aztec Student Union, San Diego State University
10. Michels Plaza and Student Center, Randolph College
9. EMU Student Center, Eastern Michigan University
8. Student Union, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
7. Smith Campus Center, Pomona College
6. University Student Union, Cal State University, Long Beach
5. Memorial Union, Iowa State
4. Mountainlair, West Virginia University
3. McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology
2. Student Union, Oklahoma State
1. Slane Center of High Point University

EDsmart recognizes that other student unions and centers may have been overlooked in the creation of this list and invites schools, students, faculty, and architects to contact tstevens@edsmart.org to submit their picks to be included in the rankings.

About EDsmart
EDsmart reviews publicly available data and then produces independent ranking assessments of various educational programs as well as student guides and resources. The mission of EDsmart is to produce college rankings and resources that are useful to prospective and current higher education students. EDsmart recognizes that no ranking system is perfect and recommends that their ratings be used only as a general guide for choosing a quality school.

For more information please visit: http://www.edsmart.org/