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View Poll Results: Which US city has the best colleges??
New York City 44 28.57%
Boston 97 62.99%
Chicago 26 16.88%
Los Angeles 19 12.34%
Washington, D.C. 27 17.53%
Atlanta 13 8.44%
Philadelphia 23 14.94%
Miami 3 1.95%
Houston 10 6.49%
Dallas 4 2.60%
San Francisco 18 11.69%
Austin 8 5.19%
Baltimore 5 3.25%
San Diego 4 2.60%
Nashville 3 1.95%
Columbus 4 2.60%
St. Louis 3 1.95%
Other 19 12.34%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 154. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-23-2009, 01:37 AM
 
Location: yeah
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I suppose we can continue to argue about this meaninglessly. Personally, I forget about the arbitrarily drawn city proper lines.
If Cal and Stanford had to be attributed to their nearest major cities, they'd be in Oakland and San Jose respectively.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I suppose we can continue to argue about this meaninglessly. Personally, I forget about the arbitrarily drawn city proper lines.
But then it's not part of the city and this thread asked which CITY not which area or metro. It makes things too complicated to not go by the city proper.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:16 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I guess we should clarify whether we're including the metro area of a city or not. If we are, New York, Boston and LA are pretty much neck and neck. Otherwise, NYC blows all the other cities out of the water. NYU and Columbia would probably come out near the top in general rankings, but there are also several smaller schools that are powerhouses within narrower fields like Juilliard, The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, SVA, School of American Ballet and the Fashion Insitute of Technology. Additionally, you have dozens of colleges that might not be as highly-regarded or well-known, but have a program here or there that is among the best in its respective field. Additionally, you can also factor in the various different curriculums and teaching traditions in trying to determine the "best" colleges. By almost any criteria, NYC has at least some part of some college or university ranking amongst the best.

Pittsburgh is amazing for a smaller city though. Just wanted to add that.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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It's not about how many colleges a city has, but the quality of the college(s). A lot of cities only have 1 college but that college is good. Quality over quantity. Cities like Boston and NYC will win when it comes to quantity, but I would much rather go to college in a city with 1 college that I like a lot.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:07 AM
 
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Who the hell voted for Dallas?
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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I don't get why there are so few votes for LA here. USC, UCLA, Cal Tech, Montclaire, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Cal Northridge, and more are greater than any other city except maybe Boston
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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I guess we should clarify whether we're including the metro area of a city or not. If we are, New York, Boston and LA are pretty much neck and neck. Otherwise, NYC blows all the other cities out of the water. NYU and Columbia would probably come out near the top in general rankings, but there are also several smaller schools that are powerhouses within narrower fields like Juilliard, The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, SVA, School of American Ballet and the Fashion Insitute of Technology. Additionally, you have dozens of colleges that might not be as highly-regarded or well-known, but have a program here or there that is among the best in its respective field. Additionally, you can also factor in the various different curriculums and teaching traditions in trying to determine the "best" colleges. By almost any criteria, NYC has at least some part of some college or university ranking amongst the best.

Pittsburgh is amazing for a smaller city though. Just wanted to add that.
If you're including metros, then Philadelphia is definitely in the top 3.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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New York City, Los Angeles, Washingtin, DC and San Francisco.
how can you not include chicago in this list?
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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how can you not include chicago in this list?
Yeah, you could've left out cities like Houston and Dallas which each have really only one or two good schools.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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I don't get why there are so few votes for LA here. USC, UCLA, Cal Tech, Montclaire, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Cal Northridge, and more are greater than any other city except maybe Boston
Because everyone hates LA. There's also La Verne and the amazing Claremont system(Harvey Mudd, Pomona, McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps). Long Beach is also good for a state school. UC Riverside is also in the metro area. LMU is very good as well.

So let's see. LA has at least 10 great or amazing colleges and universities. That is definitely better than some cities beating LA. Boston is understandable, but DC, Philly and Chicago are not better. LA has quantity AND quality, not just quantity as some wish to believe.

If we don't go for quality, there is also CSU San Bernardino, CSU Channel Islands, CSULA, CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, CSU Fullerton.

Oh and Cal Poly Pomona is excellent. Whittier. Thomas Aquinas. Mt. Saint Mary's. Occidental. Azusa Pacific. Cal Lutheran. Redlands.

And yes, all of those are at least somewhat good. So that's at least 25. I listed 29, but some people may disagree on their status as a good or bad university. I didn't include all the art colleges either.

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