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Well, Yale built a new dorm at the cost of $600,000 per bed. If it isn't nice, perhaps it did not get its money's worth.
that was the price per bed for two new residential colleges, not simple dorms. The new RCs look like Yale's others and have the interior features found in the other RCs, such as dining halls, libraries, and meeting and recreation spaces. You're comparing apples to oranges.
Adrian Rodrigues in Yale Daily News wrote:
The per-student construction cost of [MIT's] Simmons Hall was $268,000 — more than quadruple the national average of $48,387 per student, according to a 2008 report by American School & University magazine. In contrast, the per-student cost of Yale’s new residential colleges, which will house 400 students each, will be approximately $625,000 per student.