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Old 09-12-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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What town/city do you think of when you here "Quintessential New England college town"??

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Well, boy, there are a lot...

Hanover, NH
Burlington, VT
Northampton, MA
Storrs, CT
Durham, NH
Amherst, MA
Middlebury, VT
Williamstown, MA
Orono, ME
Cambridge, MA

etc.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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take your pick in Massachusetts , we have 63 colleges and universities in the commonwealth.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I would say Burlington VT would describe the quintesential college town that is in the same league as Boulder, CO or Eurgene, OR. Very liberal, hippy crunchie, outsoorsy etc.

Cambridge, MA is somewhat like Berkeley CA with a more urban vibe.

Amherst, MA is more back woods college town with a big party environment.

New Haven, CT is urban & intelectual with a political environment with many politicans both Democrat and Republican having been educated at Yale. The area from New Haven going south on I-95 have strong ties to NYC.

URI (Kingston), UNH (Durham) UM (Orono) are more afterthought college towns but also very quintesentially New England, particularly Durham, NH

Providence, RI is a big college city. It's a lot like a runner up to Boston/Cambridge as it has Ivy League (Brown) but also prestigious art, music, and culinary schools.

There are many others including Waltham, MA (suburban), Hanover, NH (rural and tranquil yet ivy league), Northampton, MA (probably 2nd after Burlington, VT for the liberal-hippy vibe). For the college student New England has something for everyone.

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Believe it or not, I think Middletown, Ct is an impressive college town. It's home of Weselyan Univ. Just visited recently, and I thought it was very nice. I have been to Hanover, and it did not seem very college-ish to me. Burlington and Amherst/Northampton more so. The area around BU, which is called Brookline seems like a real college town. I have probably been to them all, except for Orono and Storrs.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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Amherst is in no way a back woods college town. That statement is just crazy.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I have been to Hanover, and it did not seem very college-ish to me.
I'm really surprised by that opinion. The vast majority of the land area in the town is either part of the Dartmouth campus or owned by Dartmouth; if not for the college, it would just be a little hamlet. The college and affiliated hospital are the biggest employer for miles and miles in every direction. It definitely fits my image of the quintessential college town.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:03 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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All of them. Standards are high in New England. They don't know how good they have it. Virtually anywhere you go will be an improvement over wherever you are.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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This is an easy answer: Middlebury Vermont, for me anyways. One of the most picturesque places I've ever been to. The university is the center and the remainder of the town flows from it.

http://www.treehugger.com/middlebury-college-green-major.jpg (broken link)
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:41 PM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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All of them. Standards are high in New England. They don't know how good they have it. Virtually anywhere you go will be an improvement over wherever you are.
You get what you pay for....
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