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Old 12-05-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Most smaller towns or cities that are dominated by a college or major university have a pretty active night life, decent retail and shopping outlets, plenty of food choices, a good economy, etc and are overall charming towns that have a lot to offer for their size.

What college towns can you think of that do NOT evoke this at all? What college towns are struggling or are just plain dull?

 
Old 12-05-2013, 11:50 PM
 
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I know i'll get knocked for this, but even though I like Lincoln and like the University of Nebraska i've never felt it was a "college town" at least compared to other cities like Manhattan KS, Lawrence, Madison Ames or Iowa City. Lincoln to me is more of a government city with the state government being such a huge employer. Don't get me wrong, Lincoln has a good bar scene certainly isn't the worst in America, but at the same time i've never really thought it had much of a college town feel. Maybe it's because it's always been the second city in Nebraska and a lot of people besides students move there.

The only towns i feel that don't offer this are a few small towns in Nebraska I know that have a college, but aren't really that nice for their size. The main example of this would be Peru. It's a town of barely a 1000 people with a college that has about 1500 students on campus, and maybe it's just because it's small, but I always wondered why it was put in such a dinky town seeing as their are larger towns nearby.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Vermilion, South Dakota
East Lansing, Michigan
Pullman, Washington
Norman, Oklahoma
 
Old 12-06-2013, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've found the dullest college towns are those that are home to the "also-ran" public universities, the ones with a student body in the 10K-20K range. This is particularly true if the student body makes up close to or even more than half the town's population when school is in session and the town isn't particularly close to a larger metro area. Examples would be Charleston IL (where I went to uni), Macomb IL, Terre Haute IN, Stevens Point WI, Kalamazoo MI, etc.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 05:33 AM
 
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One that always stuck out to me was the University of Maryland in College Park. It just seems kind of blah and dull, without much of a collegiate feel in terms of surrounding commercial areas.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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One that always stuck out to me was the University of Maryland in College Park. It just seems kind of blah and dull, without much of a collegiate feel in terms of surrounding commercial areas.
Agree. College Park to me was downright seedy.
Others that I find lackluster:
Knoxville, TN
Gainesville, FL
 
Old 12-06-2013, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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One that always stuck out to me was the University of Maryland in College Park. It just seems kind of blah and dull, without much of a collegiate feel in terms of surrounding commercial areas.
I was going to say this one too. After seeing College Park, even Terre Haute seems like a strong college town.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 06:59 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I know i'll get knocked for this, but even though I like Lincoln and like the University of Nebraska i've never felt it was a "college town" at least compared to other cities like Manhattan KS, Lawrence, Madison Ames or Iowa City. Lincoln to me is more of a government city with the state government being such a huge employer. Don't get me wrong, Lincoln has a good bar scene certainly isn't the worst in America, but at the same time i've never really thought it had much of a college town feel. Maybe it's because it's always been the second city in Nebraska and a lot of people besides students move there.
I stopped in Lincoln looking for a place to eat, I was pretty underwhelmed by it as a city/college town. Great for football! For atmosphere and other eclectic options, not so much. After looking around for about an hour I ended up at Starbucks and later on I found a very satisfying greasy spoon diner in another small town further down the road off I-80. I guess I could go to yelp next time, but I expected such options to be easier find in a college town.

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Old 12-06-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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Vermilion, South Dakota
East Lansing, Michigan
Pullman, Washington
Norman, Oklahoma
What's wrong with East Lansing, in your opinion?
 
Old 12-06-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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Most smaller towns or cities that are dominated by a college or major university have a pretty active night life, decent retail and shopping outlets, plenty of food choices, a good economy, etc and are overall charming towns that have a lot to offer for their size.

What college towns can you think of that do NOT evoke this at all? What college towns are struggling or are just plain dull?
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