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College towns similar to Ann Arbor?

blingnjkblingblingnjkbling Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
edited April 2011 in College Search & Selection
What other colleges are in cool towns like Ann Arbor?

I would go to U-Michigan , but I'm out of state and the tuition is absurd.

Some other schools I'm looking at are Ohio State, Arizona State, University of Colorado...

Basically I'm just looking for a college with a nice campus, in a fun college town, with reasonable out of state tution...

Any suggestions?
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Replies to: College towns similar to Ann Arbor?

  • noimaginationnoimagination Registered User Posts: 7,054 Senior Member
    Depends on how you define "fun". Have you ever actually been to AA, or are you just using that as an example of a town with a good reputation?

    What do you mean by "reasonable" OOS tuition? How much can you afford to pay?

    It is not that similar to Ann Arbor, but I thought Lincoln NE was a great larger college town.
  • midmomidmo Registered User Posts: 3,720 Senior Member
    The University of MO-Columbia (Mizzou) is a very nice campus and Columbia is a good college town, pretty under-rated in my opinion. The OOS tuition is better than Michigan. There are a lot of OOS students in the Journalism school, a fair number in the other schools from surrounding midwestern states, and a pretty big bunch from Texas.
  • BrownParentBrownParent Registered User Posts: 12,776 Senior Member
    I've heard UW-Madison has similar reputation, and I have visited and it is really a good college town, imo. My daughter loves it. But I don't know the tuition rates.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,127 Super Moderator
    Ann Arbor is special. It is small enough to be dominated by the University and its students but large enough to offer students and residents all sorts of entertainment.

    It is close enough to a major city to enjoy the amenities of its suburbs (upscale dining and shopping venues, international airport, professional sports, musical concerts, museums, nightclubs etc...) but fortunate enough that the city's center is sufficiently distant and lacking in charm to have allowed Ann Arbor to develop into a clear and distinct entity.

    Finally, part of the charm of Ann Arbor is the intellectual level of the city as a whole. Approximately 70% of Ann Arbor residents have college degrees, more than half of which are graduate level degrees.

    I think of only 10 or so college towns that are as charming and fun as Ann Arbor:

    Athens (GA)
    Austin (TX)
    Boomington (IN)
    Boulder (CO)
    Charlottesville (VA)
    Columbia (MO)
    Gainesville (FL)
    Iowa City (IA)
    Madison (WI)
  • zapfinozapfino Registered User Posts: 2,832 Senior Member
    Austin, TX is a fun place, but it's getting too big to be considered a college "town".

    Lawrence, KS is a great college town.

    For some other possibilities, see:
    The American College Town
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,127 Super Moderator
    By the way blingnjkbling, last time I checked, Colorado was not that much cheaper than Michigan.

    I think Wisconsin-Madison is a great bargain.
  • RiversChoiceRiversChoice Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    University of Vermont, Burlington, but the OOS tuition probably runs about 40K.
  • hornetdadhornetdad Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    Amherst, MA. A little smaller than Ann Arbor but a great college town. UMass is pretty reasonable OOS and you can take courses at Amherst College, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire. It's pretty close to Northampton--a nice small college city.
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    I'd say Madison, WI and Athens, GA
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,599 Senior Member
    Missoula, MT, Chico, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Princeton, NJ
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    Wow, Missoula huh? I'd like to check that one out!
  • dukewisdukewis Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I agree with gadad. I went to med school in Madtown and have a daughter graduating from UGA next month. Both cities are very similar; medium size, great live entertainment, great restaurants (esp Athens -Five and Ten, National, Last Resort etc.), and offer excellent Division 1 sports. The major difference is the climate.
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Registered User Posts: 10,042 Senior Member
    Madison is much larger than Athens.
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Registered User Posts: 10,042 Senior Member
    I have been to Missoula enough times to know it's NOT like Ann Arbor. Perhaps more like Madison?
  • midmomidmo Registered User Posts: 3,720 Senior Member
    gadad, Missoula was a surprisingly interesting college town when I visited there for a few days a couple of years ago. I'm not sure I think it is the same kind of college town as AA, or Madison, though. Lots of outdoorsy opportunities. I accidentally wandered into a Day of the Dead parade downtown that was the most entertaining parade I have ever seen (I don't like parades of any sort, normally, but this one was fun.) There is still a lot of housing that is not high-rise apartment very near campus, and that gives the whole area a lively feel. (Like Madison, WI and Columbia, MO 30-40 years ago.)

    For the right kind of person, Missoula could be a great place to go to college.
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