Community Colleges

Ban Dorms. They Worsen Inequality

Ban Dorms. They Worsen Inequality

My alma mater, Pomona College, has long housed 99 percent of its students on campus. I enjoyed that culture. But now I wonder if that model is bad for the country. I wonder if it should be tweaked or even abandoned in favor of an alternative that exposes overachievers to more people unlike themselves.

Don't worry: The typical American college student would not be affected. At public four-year institutions, just under a quarter of students live on campus. Just 1 percent of community college students live in dorms. But America's ruling elites would face a profound change. The percentage of students in university-affiliated housing is 99 percent at Harvard, 93 percent at Stanford and...

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