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Old 04-03-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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A lot of posts are naming colleges in major cities. I think the OP is looking for discrete college towns that are not isolated, but are within the inner reaches of a metro area. I'm guessing places like the following are what the OP had in mind:

Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Swarthmore (Philadelphia)
New Brunswick (NYC)
Chapel Hill (Raleigh)
Towson (Baltimore)
College Park (Washington)
Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, take your pick (Boston)

You could perhaps include places like Boulder, Ann Arbor, New Haven, Princeton, etc., which are in metro areas, but they're far enough out of the major cities that they feel a little more isolated/bubbleish
What would Lowell, MA, or Salem, MA be? They are solidly within the Boston metro, but certainly not in the urban core.
Amherst, NY near Buffalo is a good one, SUNY Buffalo is a huge school (largest Public University in the NE) in that town.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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So what about college towns that really are smack in the heart of a major metro, basically suburban in nature, but somehow manage to create their own environment to a degree, that bubble that really does make them look, feel, and act like a real college town.
The University of Maryland at College Park feels like its own separate world of 37,000 enrolled students. You couldn't mistake it for something else if you tried.

Hardly any similarities with the surrounding areas of suburban Maryland or DC.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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The University City neighborhood in Philadelphia is the hub of Academia in the metro.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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What would Lowell, MA, or Salem, MA be? They are solidly within the Boston metro, but certainly not in the urban core.
Amherst, NY near Buffalo is a good one, SUNY Buffalo is a huge school (largest Public University in the NE) in that town.
I'm not very familiar with Lowell, so I cannot say. I've been to Salem 3-4 times and I wouldn't say it's the most collegiate town in the metro area, though. I didn't know there was a college there until I looked it up just now. Salem gives more "tourist town/weekender" than "college town" vibes, IMO.
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