Re "UCD goes upscale with dorms" (Our Region, Oct. 20): It is important to have context to evaluate whether or not UCD's dorms are elitist. The dorms under construction are costing $73,330 per student. A study from College Planning and Management Magazine in May, 2013, found the average of 65 dorms that opened in 2012 was $75,265 per student.
Although it is very difficult to compare apples to apples costs, the average double room rates with the average meal plan at UC campuses are as follows: Riverside: $14,950; Santa Barbara: $14,600; Merced: $14,500; Berkeley, $14,400; Santa Cruz, $13,500; UCLA, $13,400; Davis, $13,200; Irvine, $12,400; San Diego, $10,600. Elitist? You decide.
-- Clyde W. Froehlich, Davis