As I read through this story from NBC News several things stuck out to me about why these schools made the list.
There is an ease of access to all types of fitness activities. I have stated for many years, fitness needs to be convenient, if not it is easy to push aside on a regular basis. People will still go out of their way to exercise, however there are many who won’t but having several fitness choices right in front of you helps immensely.
Once you see others being active it is often contagious and this makes it easier to join in.
For many there is a memory of bad dorm food. However, many of these schools have figured out that this is no longer acceptable and that offering better healthy choices is almost mandatory in todays college landscape.