Colleges and universities face growing pressure to offer students single rooms.
More first-year students, having never shared a room at home, expect a greater degree of privacy—for academic and emotional reasons—than did freshmen of even the recent past. Also, upperclass students, when encouraged or required to live on campus, really want their own bedrooms, and even bathrooms.
And as more students with physical and emotional disabilities attend college, administrators find that providing a single room can become a medical accommodation. (See Beacon College case study.)