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Old 12-09-2007, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL; Upstate NY native
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My daughter is attending West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. It seems like a nice town to me. The college influence is quite evident. The city itself is surrounded by hills on all sides. Even some of city streets are steep. It is also close to the big city of Pittsburgh, PA, which brings me to my next city...Pittsburgh, PA. Lots of colleges there. Pittsburgh, like Morgantown, is surrounded by hills and is very steep in some parts.

Also in that same region is Waynesburg University, in Waynesburg, PA. The college itself is very pretty, but the town itself is drab and boring. It doesn't look like a college town at all.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: champaign, il
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I loved going to college so much in champaign that i relocated here! It had everything i could ever want in a college town, though our "campus town" has had its ups and downs through the years, its mostly on the up now. Though i miss the hell out of the Co-Ed theatre..that place had 1st run movies the day they came out and i saw so many good ones there in the early-mid 90's! It was torn down for an apartment complex/retail shops which seems to be the trend here.

I am VERY surprised no one has mentioned Carbondale, IL (SIU), their campus and setting is beautiful!! Not a day could go by without having the abiity to do something outdorsy there with a huge national forest just south and places like the garden of the gods and giant city..
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Ann Arbor, MI is a really great college town.

Lexington, KY - I won't call it the worst, but can't understand why a couple people listed it as one of the best...
Because Lexington is the best college town that's why.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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Ann Arbor, Michigan is the deffinition of a great college town. close to everyone in that town is loyal to Michigan athletics, mainly football. Ann Arbor is Home of the largest stadium in the nation, Michigan Stadium, aka. The Big House. it can hold 110,000 people. close to the whole population of Ann Arbor. (it only leaves out about 3,000).

its safe in the neighborhoods and downtown, not cheap but not too expensive either, right by Detroit but not too close. its much different than the rest of michigan towns its size like Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, and even Lansing.

but the biggest reason its a great college town, is the fact that the whole city of Ann Arbor depends on U of M for their economy. thats their job source and economy with all the research centers and the high tech. industries the university attracted in.


Bloomington, Indiana is simular to Ann Arbor.

I Cant think of the worst college town at the moment, i dont know if i consider any "the worst". because most the college towns i know are great.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:04 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Hard to pick just one of each. I'm not crazy about these midwestern Big 10 college towns. I like a little more integration of town/gown.

Northfield, MN (Carleton, St. Olaf) is a cute little place, very college town-y, yet close enough to Minneapolis to get out of the "bubble".
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Best - Madison, Wisconsin. Great campus, tons of fun.
Worst - 250mi. SW of Madison lies a town called Ames.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Austin- The Ultimate College Town
Berkeley
College Station
Ann Arbor
Maddison
Lubbock
and a hand full of others
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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Best -
Madison, WI
Columbus, OH
East Lansing, MI
Oxford, OH
Austin, TX

Personally, I think Champaign would be incredibly boring. It sits in the absolute middle of nothing but cornfields. Even Iowa City looks better than Champaign IMO.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:59 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Best -

Personally, I think Champaign would be incredibly boring. It sits in the absolute middle of nothing but cornfields. Even Iowa City looks better than Champaign IMO.
I lived there for seven years, none of which were my college years. I loved it at first, but it got old. There are not many job opportunities if you aren't affiliated with the Univ. When we moved to Denver, I was amazed at the selection in the stores, compared to Champaign-Urbana. There is something to be said for a larger city.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Of the ones I've been to:

BEST:
Austin, TX
Atlanta, GA (yes, you really can consider ATL a college town)
Nashville, TN
Bloomington, IN
New York, NY (it's not a college town, yet it's in many ways the ultimate college town)

DECENT:
Lexington, KY
Bowling Green, KY
Cincinnati, OH
Fort Worth, TX

WORST:
Knoxville, TN
Tuscaloosa, AL
Waco, TX
Washington, DC (the "snotty" vibe of it, really)
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