Cameron ranked second in nation for least expensive room and board

Cameron University has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Short List of “10 Colleges with the Least Expensive Room and Board.” The average rate for room and board for the 2011-12 academic year at Cameron is the second-lowest in the nation and 58.5 percent less than the national average of $9,047. The national average was calculated from the 1,130 schools that reported room and board data. According to U.S. News, these rates are what a typical student would expect to pay, although there may be higher or lower cost options, based on factors such as dorm room sizes and meal plan packages.

“As part of our commitment to providing a complete collegiate experience, Cameron University offers a variety of housing options at affordable prices,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “Cameron’s on-campus housing facilities have been filled to capacity for the past several years, and demand is growing. We take pride in maintaining affordable housing for those students who live on campus.”

The number of Cameron students living on campus has increased 150 percent since 2005. Housing options include traditional dorm rooms in the Shepler Center and apartment residences in Cameron Village. A limited number of residential suites are available in North Shepler, the men’s residence hall.

“On-campus living significantly enhances the collegiate experience and provides convenient access to university resources, programs and activities,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “Students who live in campus housing have the opportunity to be independent, although the university provides these students essential support through resident assistants and academic and social programming. Students who live in campus housing tend to be more engaged in campus activities, and that engagement contributes to their persistence to graduation.”

The U.S. News & World Report’s Short List is a regular series that magnifies individual data points to provide students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.  To view the complete list, go to http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college.

For information on housing options and rates at Cameron University, contact the Office of Student Housing at 580-581-2392.

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December 1, 2011

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