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Old 04-18-2008, 07:34 AM
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Columbus, MO
Northampton, MA
Flagstaff, AZ
Cambridge, MA

Never been to Ithaca, Athens, Boulder or Madison but have heard good things about them all.


Lawrence, KS
Ames, IA
Lincoln, NE (depends how much you love college football...not a fan personally)
Tempe, AZ is not my idea of a good time, but I can see where it would be appealing to some.


New Haven, CT
North Dartmouth, MA
Kearney, NE has to take the cake. About as isolated and boring as you can get.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:03 AM
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The usual names that come to mind for questions like this are Athens, Madison, Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, and Austin. I like all of those towns. I dig Iowa City and Ft Collins, too.

One that hasn't come up (and that a lot of people might not agree with) is Columbia, SC. That town gets a bad rap sometimes, and the last few times I've visited, I had a blast. Also in SC, Charleston isn't a college town, per se, but does have a college right in the thick of things. Beautiful town. From all accounts, a great place to go to school.

Someone mentioned Chicago because of U of C. While I like Hyde Park (the neighborhood where U of C is) ok, I'd say the DePaul area has a more college-town feel. Evanston, IL is also a pretty solid college town.

Oxford, OH is a great little college town, in my opinion. Miami of OH is basically the quintessential college. If you look up "college" in a picturebook, there you have Miami of OH, and therefore Oxford.

I'm also partial to Boone, NC, home of Appalachian State U. I'm a homer in that regard, but I really do think it's an amazing place to go to school.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

I won't name any names for my least favorite. Basically, though, any commuter campus is on my list. Giant parking lots? Very little on-campus housing? Hardly conducive to that college vibe.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Southlander View Post
Best: Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama)
Worst: Auburn (Auburn University)
Ha! Despite your football preference, you have to admit that Auburn as a town is WAY better than Tuscaloosa.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:58 AM
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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I haven't been to too many college towns, but I have visited a few.

Iowa City, IA (naturally)
Madison, WI
Ft. Collins, CO

Some I think are majorly underrated:
Columbia, MO
East Lansing, MI

One I think is majorly overrated:
Boulder, CO

I like college towns, so I can't really say I have a "worst" candidate. Ames, IA isn't a bad college town, I think. But they really squander their potential and the college atmosphere feels really removed from the city's atmosphere.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:36 PM
Location: Alabama!
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Originally Posted by Evad35801 View Post
Ha! Despite your football preference, you have to admit that Auburn as a town is WAY better than Tuscaloosa.
No. Will not admit that. Because it's not true. And I've invested major money in both towns!!
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:54 PM
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Lubbock, Texas is the bast college town. Home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, hot women, Texas Country music, Buddy Holly, the best bars in the world, and the best football team in the world.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:07 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I have been to a lot of Big 10 schools: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Purdue. I've also seen Notre Dame and Rutgers.

I loved Iowa City, Iowa because the downtown was right next to the campus. After class, you can just walk across the street to get a bite to eat. I didn't really like Illinois because I didn't see any downtown near by, just a strip mall that you had to cross a highway to access. As you can see, I'm a fan of downtowns near college campuses. I also was confused to whether I was in Urbana or Champaign the whole time I was there. Madison was really nice but they were digging up the entire city when I was there so it's really hard to form an opinion when there's that much construction going on. I think it was too city-like for me; Iowa City is more low key than Madison but I like Iowa City better. New Brunswick, which is where Rutgers is, is more city-like too and I don't really like it because there are some neighborhoods surrounding the downtown that aren't the nicest. I've grown up here so I've always had a negative opinion of New Brunswick and although I've heard it's getting better, it's hard to shake. Piscataway is too suburban to me and doesn't seem like a college town at all.

For the Indiana schools, Purdue and Indiana, I liked Bloomington better than West Lafayette. Bloomington is so freakin' gorgeous and GREEN. The downtown is also right there. With West Lafayette, the campus is down this long, busy road from all the shops but the area is really nice. It's kind of like a pedestrian mall. There's also a bridge for just walkers and bikers that crosses into Lafayette which I thought was a nice place but there was barely anyone else walking around and a lot of places have gone out of business.

Minnesota reminded me of Wisconsin in that it was too city like for me. Right near the campus is the downtown area called "Dingytown" LOL which didn't compare to Iowa City's downtown.

For South Bend, I went there on Good Friday so Notre Dame's campus was pretty much empty. The campus was pretty but South Bend didn't seem like that special of a town.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:06 AM
Location: 304
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You guys have got it all wrong!!!

The best college town, not only in america but the world, is nestled down in the lush green mountains. The sound of John Denver music fills the air. The sight of swaying arms and celebration flood the streets aswell as burning couches. And not to mention it was voted America's best small city by several reviews, and is home to the biggest party school in the country.

Ladies and Gentlemen I proudly anounce the best college town in the U.S.--------Morgantown "touchdown city" West By God Virginia

The worst is blacksburg LOL
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:15 PM
Location: The Lakes
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Morgantown is a bore.

Athens, OH hands down.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:24 PM
Location: The City
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Happy Valley!
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