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Old 07-12-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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My oldest son will be a senior this fall and together my husband and I have been very busy helping him as he looks at colleges. Just out of curiosity, which cities would you all say have the greatest concentration of top universities? Here is my opinion:

1. Boston: Harvard, Tufts, Boston College, MIT, Brandeis University, Wellesly, and many more make this the premier college city in the nation.

2. Los Angeles: Cal Tech, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, the prestigious Claremont College Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, and Occidental make this a strong city of many good universities.

3. Chicago: The University of Chicago and Northwestern University are two of the best leading Chicago to third.

4. San Francisco: Stanford University is one of the finest in the nation and it is complemented by one of the best public universities at University of California Berkley. The University of California San Francisco is one of the best graduates schools in the nation with a premier medical center.

5. New York: Columbia University and New York University are leading institutions . For something less traditional, the Fashion Institute of Technology is a leader in its field.

What would be your top five and why?
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Old 07-12-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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1. Boston: Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Tufts, Brandeis, Boston U, Wellesly.

2. NYC: Columbia, Barnard, NYU, Julliard, Fordham, Sarah Lawrence. Also, Vassar is within a short drive.

3. Bay Area: Stanford, Berkeley, UCSF.

TIED FOR 3. Los Angeles: UCLA, USC, Claremonts, Occidental.

5. Washington DC: Georgetown, George Washington, UMaryland, American U.
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I would add North Carolina- Duke, UNC, and Wake

Sorry. I am aware that NC is not a state.

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Old 07-12-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I would add North Carolina- Duke, UNC, and Wake
NC is not a city dude.
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: WA
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The third school is NC State, not Wake, and yes, NC is not a city. But the schools are clustered together in a sprawling suburbia that some like to describe as "urban".
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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My apolgoies.. I was thinking in terms of state because I had just replied to another topic about this on states. Okay well.. I would say Chapel Hill then!
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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If we look at just a city, not the metropolitan area, it would be hard to beat NYC. If we look at the metro area, it would be hard to beat Boston.

Raleigh Durham Chapel is pretty good, but doesn't nearly have the concentration that Boston, LA, Bay Area, or NYC do.
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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First, good luck to your son--and you--with the college search. I'm curious about why you're looking at cities with a concentration of prestigious colleges. I'd think you'd do best to look at individual schools that would work best for your son, unless perhaps you're planning a trip to look at colleges, and would like to work efficiently and pack in as many schools as possible on one trip. It's worth noting, though, that there are many good colleges that are not among the really big-name schools.

That said, in answer to the original question, it looks as if most, or all, of the real giants among cities with concentrations of top colleges have been named. Some others that can hold their own would be:

Atlanta: Emory, Morehouse, GA Tech, U. of GA just down the road.

Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon, Pitt, Duquesne.

Philadelpia: Penn, Temple, LaSalle, St. Joe, Villanova.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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i CANT BELIEVE YOU GUYS LEFT OUT PHILADEPHIA BEFORE CHICAGO!!DREXEL,TEMPLE,UPENN,LASALLE,VILLANOVA,ST. JOE.
IM FROM ATLANTA.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Some of the schools named here suggest a highly expansive definition of "top university."
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