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View Poll Results: Most urban big
University of Michigan 2 4.44%
Northwestern University 19 42.22%
Ohio State University 6 13.33%
Indiana University 0 0%
University of Iowa 0 0%
University of Illinois 0 0%
University of Minnesota 17 37.78%
Michigan State University 0 0%
University of Wisconsin 1 2.22%
Purdue University 0 0%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-26-2016, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I don't see how any school besides Minnesota could be considered here as it is located across the river from downtown Minneapolis.

Ohio State is just a mile or so from downtown Columbus.

Rutgers is in New Brunswick which is in the middle of New Jersey. Not really all that close to Philly or Urban New Jersey.

College Park/U Maryland and Evanston./NWestern are both suburban albeit inner ring suburbs Not really urban.
True, I completely forgot the U of Minnesota is right near downtown Minneapolis. I would imagine them to be right up there, but while Evanston is technically a "suburb," it definitely feels like an extension of Chicago (like a Chicago neighborhood) so it is definitely urban. Also, many of its big grad school programs (I know law/medicine for sure) are located right in downtown off of Michigan ave, so if you include that, and look at overall (not just undergrad) it clearly wins.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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Rutgers has a unique set up in the fact that its main campus is divided into four separate sub-campuses.

The "College Ave campus" in New Brunswick is very urban, walkable and has commuter trains to NYC. Some of the other sub-campuses are in Piscataway township and are very surburban.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:08 AM
 
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I guess it depends on which part of urban you weigh the most. Places like Evanston and New Brunswick both are more densely populated than Minneapolis or Columbus. Evanston and NB are also very walkable, both have commuter trains into the city, and I know at least Evanston has El rapid transit on the western edge of its campus, plus two different forms of bus service (CTA and PACE), and it has a large chunk of its campus in Chicago proper.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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I don't see how any school besides Minnesota could be considered here as it is located across the river from downtown Minneapolis.

Ohio State is just a mile or so from downtown Columbus.

Rutgers is in New Brunswick which is in the middle of New Jersey. Not really all that close to Philly or Urban New Jersey.

College Park/U Maryland and Evanston./NWestern are both suburban albeit inner ring suburbs Not really urban.


Rutgers is much closer to NYC (short train ride with a station right on the campus) then Philly though not far from either; its actually a pretty urban campus just not in a large city. The New Brunswick DT directly adjacent to the campus feels more urban then many mid sized cities. I have never been to the U of Minn so cant compare but to me Rutgers feels as urban as Ohio State and Columbus


I actually like how many Big Ten schools have much more of a large campus town feel then urban compuses


Some great campuses and towns in the conference I guess PSU was left off too, would not be urban but a great large college town no less


U of MD is ok sort of the burbs of DC but a nice campus
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:49 AM
 
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I've only been to four of the campuses: Northwestern, Michigan, Minnesota and Maryland.

From what I remember Michigan and Maryland are well-integrated to their surroundings in a college town kind of way (Michigan a bit more than Maryland). It would be a tossup between Minnesota and Northwestern. They're both well-connected to their respective cities via transit and walkability. Minnesota is much closer in proximity to its city center but Evanston in the area of Northwestern is also pretty vibrant and Chicago is quite urban well outside its downtown.

I would guess that Rutgers and Ohio State could be considered urban as well.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:21 AM
 
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I would say Rutgers. New Brunswick is a very urban Northeast Corridor city. Minnesota for the runner up; very centralized campus, right next to downtown.

Most of the Big 10 universities are in college towns, like Ann Arbor, Bloomington, East Lansing, Madison etc. or more semi-suburban feel within big metro areas, like Northwestern, Ohio State, Maryland, etc.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:47 AM
 
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I'd say Either Northwestern or Maryland. (I miss Maryland being in the ACC though )
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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I'd say Either Northwestern or Maryland. (I miss Maryland being in the ACC though )
Really? The College Park campus never struck me as super-urban. It's pretty much a giant sprawling campus in the middle of generic suburbia.

Evanston is more like an old-school railroad suburb, and is more urban than College Park, but I wouldn't call the Northwestern campus similarly urban as Rutgers, which is surrounded by tenements, highrises and the like. Rutgers has a gritty urban feel.
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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I would say Rutgers. New Brunswick is a very urban Northeast Corridor city. Minnesota for the runner up; very centralized campus, right next to downtown.

Most of the Big 10 universities are in college towns, like Ann Arbor, Bloomington, East Lansing, Madison etc. or more semi-suburban feel within big metro areas, like Northwestern, Ohio State, Maryland, etc.
Probably safe to say you have never visited OSU and if so it hasn't been recently, the campus is definitely not suburban.
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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Probably safe to say you have never visited OSU and if so it hasn't been recently, the campus is definitely not suburban.
I've been to the OSU campus many times and it seems pretty suburban to me.

Why do you think it's a highly urban campus? Where are all the tenements and crowded urban blocks, like you see at Rutgers? Where are the elevated train lines, the highrise apartment blocks, the narrow streets, and the like?

OSU has a "collegetown strip" along High Street, then a HUGE campus, and surrounded by older residential areas on all sides. I don't see why it would be considered intensely urban compared to these other campuses.
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