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View Poll Results: What's the best college town in the Western US?
Missoula, Montana (University of Montana) 3 5.08%
Laramie, Wyoming (University of Wyoming) 0 0%
Boulder, Colorado (University of Colorado) 5 8.47%
Fort Collins, Colorado (Colorado State University) 2 3.39%
Logan, Utah (Utah State University) 1 1.69%
Tempe, Arizona (Arizona State University) 5 8.47%
Santa Cruz, California (UC Santa Cruz) 1 1.69%
Berekely, California (UC Berekely) 7 11.86%
Eugene, Oregon (University of Oregon) 7 11.86%
Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho) 1 1.69%
Pullman, Washington (Washington State University) 0 0%
Corvallis, Oregon (Oregon State University) 1 1.69%
Bozeman, Montana (Montana State University) 0 0%
Santa Barbara/Isla Vista (UC Santa Barbara) 8 13.56%
Flagstaff, Arizona (Northern Arizona University) 1 1.69%
Claremont, California (Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, etc.) 0 0%
Palo Alto, California (Stanford University) 3 5.08%
Las Cruces, New Mexico (New Mexico State) 8 13.56%
Bellingham, Washington (Western Washington University) 3 5.08%
Provo, Utah (Brigham Young University) 1 1.69%
Chico, California (CSU Chico) 1 1.69%
Arcata, California (Humboldt State University) 0 0%
Pocatello, Idaho (Idaho State University) 0 0%
Other 1 1.69%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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Of all the college towns in the West what's your favorite? Or which one seems to be most desirable to you--not neccesarily the best place to go to college, but having the best mix of amenities, people, and location.

I'm leaving out bigger cities that might have a major university or multiple colleges to focus on the smaller cities known primarily for their college. So I didn't include Seattle/UW or Los Angeles/UCLA and didn't include Albuquerque or Tucson either. And I left off some towns with smaller colleges as well.

And I know I'm missing a number of college towns from this poll---sorry if I left your alma matter off--but I ended up leaving mine off too.

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Las Cruces!
Party town.. Well its becoming to be..pretty bad.
But its just a nice place, Old and Young.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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tempe is far from a small city location - it's in the phoenix metro which is really large

unfortunately I haven't been to most of those places, but i really dig boulder - so that gets my vote, a nice campus, diverse activities, a lot of outdoor options, just feels like college
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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UC Santa Barbara at Isla Vista, can't go wrong with this location imo:

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:42 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Santa Cruz and Berkeley aren't isolated enough to be simply college towns.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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Santa Cruz and Berkeley aren't isolated enough to be simply college towns.
I beg to differ. I grew up in Santa Cruz, it felt plenty "isolated". Except for when all the "Valleys" invaded our town on summer weekends. And the college has a huge influence on the town.

And Berekely is pretty much dominated by Cal..Yes it's close to Oakland and San Francisco right across the Bay, but it's almost the textbook defintion of a college town in a lot of ways..But I can see your point, considering that it is in the middle of metropolitan area with over 4 million population.

And yes Tempe is also a questionable choice to be defined as a "college town" due to it's size and location in the Phoenix Metro. When I hear Tempe, I only think of Arizona State..
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Highland, CA (formerly Newark, NJ)
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I visited a pal at UC-Boulder and it was a heckuva party place. People are locked in for months at a time and all they do is drink! Not for lightweights, the high altitude makes you less tolerant, holy smokes I wish I knew that now.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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I had to vote for Las Cruces, since that's my college town.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Olympia?
Ashland?
San Luis Obispo?

I mean... Chico and Laramie before these ones? Hmm...

I'm voting for Eugene.

After that I'd say San Luis Obispo, then Olympia, then Santa Cruz, then Arcata, then Ashland...
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Santa Barbara.
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