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Old 07-26-2017, 10:37 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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Wow, CUSA actually has good coverage. If it was me, I'd do:

1. Miami
2. Nashville/Houston
4. San Antonio/Charlotte
6. Boca Raton
7. Birmingham
8. Denton
9. El Paso
10. Hattiesburg
Yeah, I keep forgetting that the C-USA and American are "big city friendly" conferences, outside of Hattiesburg, Stoors, Greenville, and Wichita. Because Denton is a DFW suburb, I count it as just being part of a large city.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:03 AM
 
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Yeah, I keep forgetting that the C-USA and American are "big city friendly" conferences, outside of Hattiesburg, Stoors, Greenville, and Wichita. Because Denton is a DFW suburb, I count it as just being part of a large city.
Even with UConn, they have a lot of their major sporting events in Hartford, which at least over 1 million in the metro.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:24 AM
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Even with UConn, they have a lot of their major sporting events in Hartford, which at least over 1 million in the metro.
Considering how small Connecticut is, I should have realized that it wouldn't be too far from Hartford.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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Hmmm, I'm not sure I'd agree with the Ivy League cities making that list to be honest, bar Columbia and Harvard, and maybe Princeton, although I don't know too much about it.

I've heard it said many times that often the most prestigous schools are in the roughest areas and I feel like that saying does tend to be true with most of the places in the Ivy League. Philly and New Haven most noticeably, but rural upstate New York and New Hampshire are also unfortunately prone to some serious drug abuse problems and poverty/unemployment. The weather in most of the Ivy League towns is also a pretty common deterrent to those areas I think as well.
Actually that view is very dated... UPenn is in University City, which has been significantly built up over the last 2 decades, and is one of hottest, most desirable RE (and tourist destination) in Philly. RE values in U. City have skyrocketed, and even the buffer areas with (sometimes rough) West Philly have significantly gentrified and increased in value. And it's extremely walkable and transit-friendly with a mix of the Market-Frankford el, all 5 subway surface lines, Amtrak and Regional Rail (at 30th Street and the Univ. City rail stations). There some beautiful Victorian Architecture in U. City and it has a Euro feeling to it. Very diverse.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:03 AM
 
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Hmmm, I'm not sure I'd agree with the Ivy League cities making that list to be honest, bar Columbia and Harvard, and maybe Princeton, although I don't know too much about it.

I've heard it said many times that often the most prestigous schools are in the roughest areas and I feel like that saying does tend to be true with most of the places in the Ivy League. Philly and New Haven most noticeably, but rural upstate New York and New Hampshire are also unfortunately prone to some serious drug abuse problems and poverty/unemployment. The weather in most of the Ivy League towns is also a pretty common deterrent to those areas I think as well.
on the metro level princeton would be n.y.c. though closer in feel to philly and upenn would be philly, brown would be providence, yale would be new haven (kinda' a stretch).

what league do you propose is better ?
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:35 PM
 
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Hmmm, I'm not sure I'd agree with the Ivy League cities making that list to be honest, bar Columbia and Harvard, and maybe Princeton, although I don't know too much about it.

I've heard it said many times that often the most prestigous schools are in the roughest areas and I feel like that saying does tend to be true with most of the places in the Ivy League. Philly and New Haven most noticeably, but rural upstate New York and New Hampshire are also unfortunately prone to some serious drug abuse problems and poverty/unemployment. The weather in most of the Ivy League towns is also a pretty common deterrent to those areas I think as well.
Ithaca, while small, is surprisingly urban for its size and steadily growing. Rural upstate NY has those issues in parts to some degree, but I wouldn't say that it is a leading area in that regard.
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Old 07-29-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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Pullman, Washington is perhaps one of the best "pure" college towns of the major conferences, because there is literally very little going on there than Washington State University. Yeah, the weather is mostly miserable, and it is isolated (though only about 90 minutes from Spokane). But what makes it great is it is purely a college town, doesn't pretend to be anything more or less. I'm sure there are others like it, but perhaps not at that conference level.
The Pac is kind of weird because Pullman and Corvallis are the only "true" college towns in the conference. And Corvallis has a lot more going on than Pullman, BUT if you add Moscow, Idaho and the University of Idaho to the Pullman equation I think Pullman at least draws even. Pullman and Moscow essentially function as one community. With this you get twice as many community and University events and you get two different downtowns for eating and partying.

Of course, in Corvallis, Eugene is about 35 minutes away do an OSU/Corvallis resident can access Eugene easily but Pullman and Moscow are really only separated by the airport they both share.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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I'll do the ACC since I grew up in NC and went to UNC (bias revealed). My rankings are based on where I think a student would have the most enjoyable college experience. I tended to rank higher places where students have their own section of town, lots of college bars, good energy, etc. I also gave points to the overall niceness of the town/city where the college is located.

ACC:

College Town/Small City:
1/2- Chapel Hill, Charlottesville
3/4- Blacksburg, Clemson
5 - Winston Salem
6 - Durham
7- Tallahassee
8- Syracuse

Larger Cities (300,000+)
1/2 - Raleigh, Louisville
3,4 - Boston, Pittsburgh
5, 6 - Atlanta, Miami
I agree with this...to a T.

The person who ranked Raleigh ahead of Chapel Hill in college-town vibe based on aesthetics and "good sports"...must be drunk right now.
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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I agree with this...to a T.

The person who ranked Raleigh ahead of Chapel Hill in college-town vibe based on aesthetics and "good sports"...must be drunk right now.
Given that list, this may surprise some people: Here's Why Syracuse Is The Best Party School In The Country - Business Insider

It has slipped a little bit in more recent years though. https://thetab.com/us/syracuse/2016/...l-ranking-6441
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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This is how I see it.

Big 10:

1. College Park aka DC
2. Evanston aka Chicago
3. Minneapolis
4. Ann Arbor
5. Madison
6. New Brunswick
7. Columbus
8. Lincoln
9. State College
10. Champaign
11. Iowa City
12/13/14. Lansing/Bloomington/West Lafayette
That's underranking Bloomington, IMO. Yes it probably doesn't quite have as much things to do as say Ann Arbor or Madison(but how few places are exactly in that caliber?), but I feel it at least can hold its own vs. Lincoln, Champaign, Iowa City, etc. Plus being not too far of a drive away from Indy or Louisville, is nice. Too bad it no longer has Amtrak service anymore, vs. years ago.

Don't know how College Park or New Brunswick are like, since yes they are the new bastard children of the Big 10. Had always wanted to visit State College and East Lansing, but hadn't yet.

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The Pac is kind of weird because Pullman and Corvallis are the only "true" college towns in the conference. And Corvallis has a lot more going on than Pullman, BUT if you add Moscow, Idaho and the University of Idaho to the Pullman equation I think Pullman at least draws even. Pullman and Moscow essentially function as one community. With this you get twice as many community and University events and you get two different downtowns for eating and partying.

Of course, in Corvallis, Eugene is about 35 minutes away do an OSU/Corvallis resident can access Eugene easily but Pullman and Moscow are really only separated by the airport they both share.
Hadn't been to either Pullman or Moscow, but that is nice that one can also do things in nearby Moscow, in addition to Pullman. And vice versa. I suppose Spokane would provide a few extra things you can't get locally in either of those 2 college towns, such as a slightly busier airport? Interesting that both them and Moscow share the same airport.
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