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View Poll Results: Do virtually college of the great college towns have their state's flagship public university?
Yes 7 16.28%
No 36 83.72%
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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Champaign-Urbana is the flagship of Illinois, and I've heard it wasn't that great of a college town.
Depends on to what you compare it. In my experience, while it is no Madison or Ann Arbor, it's easily grouped with the next tier of Big Ten college towns (Iowa City, Bloomington, State College).
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Old 01-16-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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No. Ithaca (Cornell) and Santa Cruz (UCSC) seem like great college towns.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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Champaign-Urbana is the flagship of Illinois, and I've heard it wasn't that great of a college town.
Actually that's not true... Champaign-Urbana get a bum rap primarily because it's so isolated -- 130-odd miles south of mega-city Chicago and surrounded by miles and miles cornfields. But the twin cities, themselves, are very dense, urbanized, lively and walkable. Champaign's Campustown, which is adjacent to the Univ. of Illinois' campus (at times blurring the lines between campus and city kinda like Ann Arbor) are separated by several blocks, but are less than 10 mins apart on foot. I found C-U to be a quite pleasant place. Campustown is dotted with a number of mid-to- high rise towers; with many more under construction -- at times you feel like its a mini-Chicago... There are also a lot of high-tech start-ups in/around Champaign-Urbana, including some very substantial Silicon Valley types, reflecting on the historical research powerhouse status of UI, especially in engineering and computer science -- many elements of the internet were developed here (the National Center for Supercomputing is on campus) and don't forget the murderous computer, HAL, in Clarke/Kubrick's famous "2001: a Space Odyssey" (filmed/opened in 1968) professed he/it was 'born' in Urbana, Ill). What's more, unlike many big college towns, there's an Amtrak station a few blocks from campus, in downtown Champaign, with frequent service to Chicago -- Chicagoland kids historically flood UI driving it's admissions standards through the roof.

I'd take Champaign-Urbana over a lot of flagship Us' towns ... Univ Maryland, College Park, Penn State's College Park (cute but small and even more isolated in the Alleghenies -- I prefer C-U) and Purdue's W. Lafayette, immediately come to mind. In many ways, certainly visually, I prefer C-U's urban campus/urban areas to Ann Arbor's, even though A2 has the rep.

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