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The February edition of ORA™ Power Rankings highlights the Top 100 Student Housing Properties in the nation by online reputation for 2018. The Top 100 properties made the cut from more than 1,500 student housing properties across 19+ review sites and ILSs.

As compared to the 2017 Top 100 Student Housing Properties, there are 58 new entrants to the 2018 list, signaling a high level of competition to excel in online reputation and to be featured in this annual ranking. Of the top five properties in this year's ranking, three are making their debut.

The No. 1 student housing property for 2018 is a new entrant to the list—Sterling 920 Terrace (Tempe, Ariz.), managed by The Dinerstein Companies, with an ORA score of 98.

At the number two and three position are two properties both managed by the Cardinal Group. Skygarden (Charleston, S.C.) has an ORA of 98 (when two properties have the same ORA score as Sterling 920 Terrace and Skygarden do, the property with the greater number of reviews ranks higher) and The Armory (Huntsville, Texas) posted a score of 92. The Armory is also a newcomer in this year’s ranking.

Across all properties tracked in the ORA Power Rankings, the average ORA score was 61.56 in February 2019, and properties in the 99th percentile scored 89 or above.
Across all properties tracked in the ORA Power Rankings, the average ORA score was 61.56 in February 2019, and properties in the 99th percentile scored 89 or above.

At the fourth and fifth position are properties managed by Greystar Student Living. Union on Plum (Fort Collins, Colo.) made its debut to take fourth place with an ORA of 91. The fifth spot is taken by Retreat at State College (State College, Pa.) with an ORA of 90. The Retreat at State College has registered a significant jump from the 21st position in 2017 to the fifth position in 2018.

To be eligible for this ranking, a student housing property had to register a minimum ORA score of 81 and have at least 15 online reviews. The student housing average ORA score of 62.97 is marginally higher than the national average ORA score of 61.56.

The top management companies to manage the most top 100 student housing properties in 2018 are: Asset Campus (21); Greystar Student Living (18); Cardinal Group (nine); Peak Campus (eight); Preiss Company and CA Management Services (seven each); and Campus Advantage (four).

The states with the most ORA top 100 student properties for 2018 are: Texas (13); New York and Florida (eight each); Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina (seven each); Pennsylvania (six); and Alabama (five).

NameCompanyCityORA score
Sterling 920 TerraceDinersteinTempe, AZ98
SkygardenCardinal GroupCharleston, SC98
The ArmoryCardinal GroupHunstville, TX92
Union on PlumGreystar StudentFort Collins, CO91
Retreat at State CollegeGreystar StudentState College, PA90
UrbaneGreystar StudentTucson, AZ90
Residential Learning CommunityAmerican Campus CommunitiesLaredo, TX90
MuzeAsset CampusAustin, TX90
College Place UptownCardinal GroupNormal, IL89
The PattersonCardinal GroupEugene, OR89
Aspire TucsonDinersteinTucson, AZ89
Bridge on ForbesCardinal GroupPittburgh, PA89
The Printing HousePeak CampusBinghamton, NY88
The AlpineAsset CampusAllendale, MI88
Haven46Pinnacle Campus LivingTampa, FL88
Lakeside CommonsNDG Student LivingOswego, NY88
Sierra Vista VillageWell EquitiesRoswell, NM88
The Flats at East WestPeak CampusChicago, IL88
Shortbread LoftsGMH University HousingChapel Hill, NC87
Irish RowGreystar StudentSouth bend, IN87
Uncommon AthensCA Management ServicesAthens, GA87
Arcadia on the RiverCampus AdvantageMilledgeville, GA87
Rise at State CollegeCA Management ServicesState College, PA87
Union TempeGreystar StudentTempe, AZ87
Rittenhouse StationPeak CampusNewark, DE87
Theory SyracusePeak CampusSyracuse, NY87
Bradford OaksAsset CampusTallahassee, FL87
Hale MahanaGreystar StudentHonolulu, HI87
U Centre on CollegeAmerican Campus CommunitiesClemson, SC87
Gates at RexburgAsset CampusRexburg, ID86
SkyVueGreystar StudentLansing, MI86
Evolve SIUCA Management ServicesCarbondale, IL86
University Village Apartments on ColvinGreystar StudentSyracuse, NY86
The Eastern on 10thPreiss CompanyGreenville, NC86
EnclavePeak CampusEdwardsville, IL86
The Edge MerrimackCardinal GroupLowell, MA86
Annex of MarionLandmark PropertiesMarion, OH86
The View at MontgomeryAsset CampusPhiladelphia, PA85
Southgate Campus CentreAsset CampusTallahassee, FL85
Twin River CommonsNDG Student LivingBinghamton, NY85
Campus Village (EL)Greystar StudentEast Lansing, MI85
Collegiate CommonsPreiss CompanyGreensboro, NC85
River GateHomestead UAthens, OH85
Campus WestGreystar StudentSyracuse, NY85
The Villas at RiverbendCampus AdvantageBaton Rouge, LA85
Hillside CommonsNDG Student LivingOneonta, NY85
Uncommon ColumbusCA Management ServicesColumbus, OH85
Highland QuartersAsset CampusTerre Haute, IN85
Progress405Peak CampusStillwater, OK85
Legends at NacogdochesAsset CampusNacogdoches, TX84
The View on 10thAsset CampusWaco, TX84
Copper Beech at AuburnAsset CampusAuburn, AL84
East EdgeGreystar StudentTuscaloosa, AL84
NINE at GainesvilleAsset CampusGainesville, FL84
257 ThayerAsset CampusProvidence, RI84
The Academy on CharlesGMH University HousingBaltimore, MD84
The Camber Villas on NashGreystar StudentBryan, TX84
University Edge YoungstownPeak CampusYoungstown, OH84
319 BraggGreystar StudentAuburn, AL84
West Pine LoftsPeak CampusSt. Louis, MO84
Overlook ApartmentsCoastal Ridge Real EstateSouth Bend, IN84
State on Campus TuscaloosaCore Campus ManagementTuscaloosa, AL84
Randolph PointeCorvias Campus LivingFort Bragg, NC84
Vista, TheAsset CampusTurlock, CA83
Lofts NacogdochesAsset CampusNacogdoches, TX83
Aspire College StationDinersteinCollege Station, TX83
Axis 360 Campus AdvantageBuffalo, NY83
Stadium ViewPinnacle Campus LivingCollege Station, TX83
Museum Walk Collier CompaniesGainesville, FL83
Currie HallAmerican Campus CommunitiesLos Angeles, CA83
The Station State CollegeLandmark PropertiesState College, PA83
The RuckusCardinal GroupAustin, TX83
The Outpost San MarcosPreiss CompanySan Marcos, TX82
The Domain at Town CentreGreystar StudentMorgantown, WV82
The FlatsCampus AdvantageNormal, IL82
University TowersGreystar StudentRaleigh, NC82
ARCCA Management ServicesChicago, IL82
Suites on PaseoPreiss CompanySan Diego, CA82
48 WestAsset CampusAllendale, MI82
Eleven25 at PabstLandmark PropertiesMilwaukee, WI82
The One TenAsset CampusMobile, AL82
Gates at ValdostaAsset CampusValdosta, GA82
The VistaCardinal GroupBoise, ID82
Miami PreserveAsset CampusOxford, OH82
Players Club ApartmentsGreystar StudentTallahassee, FL82
Identity BoiseCA Management ServicesBoise, ID82
Clemson Campus View ApartmentsCoastal Ridge Real EstateClemson, SC82
61 VANDYPreiss CompanyCharleston, SC82
One on CentreGreystar StudentPittsburgh, PA82
1820 at CentennialPreiss CompanyRaleigh, NC82
Fisher CommonsEdwards Student HousingColumbus, OH82
The CornerCardinal GroupAustin, TX82
Mustang RanchAsset CampusStephenville, TX81
Place at 117Asset CampusSavoy, IL81
The Boundary At West EndPreiss CompanyGreenville, NC81
Seminole TrailsAsset CampusTallahassee, FL81
Uncommon OxfordCA Management ServicesOxford, MS81
Lotus LoftsGreystar StudentBoulder, CO81
Hidden Village ApartmentsROCO Real EstateGainesville, FL81
AH SpringfieldAspen HeightsSpringfield, MO81

About the ORA Power Rankings

Developed by J Turner Research, the ORA Power Rankings are a monthly, independent ranking of apartment properties and management companies based on their Online Reputation Assessment (ORA) scores. A property or management company is not required to be a J Turner Research client to qualify for this ranking, which is published by J Turner’s media partner Multifamily Executive. To learn more or to request your ORA score, visit


The ORA score is an aggregate compilation of a property’s ratings across 19-plus review sites and ILSs. Each month, J Turner Research monitors the online ratings of more than 101,000 properties nationwide. Using a statistical model, a single score based on a scale of 0 to 100 is assigned to each property. This score serves as a benchmark to compare a company’s individual properties and portfolios nationally, regionally, and against the competition.