25 most amazing university student union buildings in U.S. revealed by Best College Reviews

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Best College Reviews has released a ranked list of the 25 most amazing university student unions in America. The full ranking can be viewed at this link: http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/most-amazing-campus-student-unions/

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:

  • Union South, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin
  • Student Union, University of North Florida - Jacksonville, Florida
  • George Sherman Union, Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Houston Harte University Center, Angelo State University - San Angelo, Texas
  • Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
  • Memorial Union, Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon
  • Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center, Brigham Young University - Provo, Utah
  • Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University - New York City, New York
  • Arkansas Union, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
  • O'Hara Student Center, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • K-State Student Union, Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas
  • Bronco Student Center, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, California
  • McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, Illinois
  • Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
  • Tivoli Student Union, University of Colorado Denver - Denver, Colorado
  • Price Center, University of California San Diego - San Diego, California
  • Michigan Union, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Elmo Natali Student Center, California University of Pennsylvania - California, Pennsylvania
  • J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida
  • EMU Student Center, East Michigan University - Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • New Ohio Union, Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio
  • Mountainlair, West Virginia University - Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Student Union, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma

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