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Old 04-19-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm guessing:

Amherst, MA
Ann Arbor, MI
Athens, GA
Berkeley, CA
Boulder, CO
Burlington, VT
Chapel Hill, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Ithaca, NY
Madison, WI
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:33 AM
 
Location: a bar
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Cambridge MA
Eugene OR
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: The City
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State College PA is another one that could be in the running

Princeton has a great campus and town adjacent but les the prototypical college town that State College is

Charllottesville and Ann Arbor are very good
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:16 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I think the OP summed it up already for the top 10 in terms of notoriety.

For the Southwest, I'd add Tucson, AZ.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Lawrence, KS should also be here (or at least in the running). It's an absolutely beautiful college with the University of Kansas on hill.

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Old 04-19-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Here are my picks:

Amherst, MA
Ann Arbor, MI
Athens, GA
Iowa City, IA
Champaign, IL
Charlottesville, VA
Davis, CA
Ithaca, NY
Madison, WI
State College, PA

Honorable mention: Bloomington, IN; Eugene, OR; Norman, OK; College Station, TX; Gainsville, FL; Lawrence, KS; and Santa Cruz, CA.

Here are my reasons for deviating from the OP's choices:

I replaced Burlington, VT with Champaign, IL. I feel that the University of Vermont is too small to really affect the city in the same way that big schools do in other college towns. Champaign offers the full college town experience: academic sophistication, farmers markets, coffee shops, sports bars, binge drinking, and cow tipping.

I replaced Berkeley, CA with Davis, CA. Berkeley is too much intertwined with the rest of the Bay Area to be included on this list. Davis on the other hand, is a stand-alone city, where everyone gets around via bike. There are lots of cute parks and shops, but unlike Berkeley, the University is the only show in town.

I swapped out Boulder for Iowa City for the same reason why I replaced Berkeley with Davis. Boulder is too much apart of the greater Denver area.

I replaced Chapel Hill, NC with College Station, PA. Chapel Hill is part of the larger Research Triangle, which has a population of nearly two million people. Due to the high population, diversity of industry, and number Northern retirees moving down to the area, the dynamics of the area move further away from the University everyday. Rather, IMO, State College, in all of its isolated, drunk, sports-crazed glory, more accurately represents the quintessential college town.

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Old 04-19-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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I'm guessing:

Amherst, MA
Ann Arbor, MI
Athens, GA
Berkeley, CA
Boulder, CO
Burlington, VT
Chapel Hill, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Ithaca, NY
Madison, WI
A good list but would add Iowa City IA, Bloomington IN or Lawrence KS over Madison or Berkeley, which aren't exactly the prototype for "college town" given their much larger sizes than the rest.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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Pullman > Corvallis > Eugene

Berkeley is not a college town, it is part of a major urban area. Santa Cruz is not a college town. Neither is Tucson. Eugene is a borderline one too due to its size. If you want a true college town in the Pac-12, go to Pullman, Corvallis, or Boulder.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm guessing:

Amherst, MA
Ann Arbor, MI
Athens, GA
Berkeley, CA
Boulder, CO
Burlington, VT
Chapel Hill, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Ithaca, NY
Madison, WI
I'd leave out Madison (too big with too much non-college importance) and Burlington (college too small) and Berkely (just a major metro suburb). Amherst MA (a dozen just like in New England) Replace them with Lawrence KS, Columbia MO,, Fayetteville AR. Champaign IL, College Station TX.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Ithaca
Amherst
Burlington
Chapel Hill
Charlottesville
Athens
Tuscaloosa
Bloomington
Lawrence
Iowa City

I would not include places like Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Berkley, New Haven, or Princeton, as they are college towns within huge metro areas.

And interestingly, the West doesn't do "small college town" very much.

Madison is a possibility but too big to be "college town", IMO.

Fayetteville, Champaign, and College Station are NOT particularly good college towns, IMO. I'm surprised people are including them. To me, they are (along with West Lafayette, South Bend, East Lansing and a few others) college towns that really punch below their weight.
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