The August ORA (Online Reputation Assessment) Power Rankings highlight the Top 50 student housing properties with the best online reputation for this month. To compile our rankings, we tracked more than 1,500 such developments nationwide across 20+ review sites.

To be eligible for the Top 50 student housing August ORA Power Ranking, a property had to register a minimum ORA score of 86 and have at least 10 online reviews. For properties with the same ORA scores, the property with the greater number of reviews ranks higher. The student housing average ORA score of 63.01 is marginally higher than the national average ORA score of 61.18.

With an ORA of 97, Skygarden (Charleston, S.C.), managed by Cardinal Group, continues its strong hold on the number one position as the property with the best online reputation among students. It topped the charts in our February Top 100 Student Housing Properties ranking, too. Skygarden has increased its ORA by 5 points since February. The Cardinal Group manages seven of the top 50 properties on the August list.

The second position is taken by Sterling 920 Terrace (Tempe, AZ) managed by The Dinerstein Companies, with ORA of 96. The Dinerstein Companies manages two of the top 50 properties this month. Dinerstein finished first in the student housing manager ORA ranking published in May 2018. Ranking third is The Armory (Huntsville, TX), managed by The Cardinal Group with a score of 94.

The top management companies to manage the most top 50 student housing ORA properties in August are Peak Campus and Cardinal Group (7 each); Asset Campus (6); CA Student Living, The Sterling Group and Coastal Ridge Real Estate (4 each).

The states with the most top 50 student housing ORA properties for August are North Carolina (7); Texas (5); Illinois and New York (4 each).

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 various parameters. A property or management company isn't 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 find your ORA score, visit

The ORA score is an aggregate compilation of a property’s ratings across 20-plus review sites and ILSs. Each month, J Turner Research monitors the online ratings of more than 78,000 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 and contrast a company’s individual properties and portfolios nationally, regionally, and against the competition.