U.S. News says Northwestern tops in room, board costs

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U.S. News says Northwestern tops in room, board costs

November 13, 2012

While living in college dormitories is a rite of passage for many college students, it does not have to come with a hefty price tag – especially at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

For the second time in three years, a national magazine that ranks colleges in numerous categories says Northwestern has the nation’s most affordable room and board rates for students living on campus.

In a story on its website, U.S. News and World Report says Northwestern’s charge of $3,820 for room and board is the lowest in the country. The figure is based on a semi-private room with 19 meals per week.

Northwestern rates bested the national average by more than $5,500. The national average for room and board charges is $9,341.

“We continue to gain national notoriety for affordability in a time when families are looking for ways to reduce college costs,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We have committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to dorm improvement projects during the past few years in order to provide students with a comfortable living environment.”

Northwestern operates four air conditioned residence halls with amenities such as free wireless Internet service and cable television. Students can dine in the renovated Coronado Cafeteria or in the Student Center Food Court.

Affordable room and board helps make Northwestern a great college value. One year of resident tuition (30 credit hours), fees, room and board total $8,977.50 per year.