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College Towns

nickthekidnickthekid 120 replies48 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
What are some of the nicest college towns and cities (keep limited to good colleges, 30% acceptance rate and lower)? What colleges are in the nicest areas with the best and most opportunities?
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5191 replies74 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 21
    For me. Not considering the campus itself. But most have great campuses too. Schools with your parameters of housing schools with less than 30 percent admissions rates .

    Considering - do businesses and locals love, support and cater to students. Interesting stuff off campus. Safety. Local. Transportation. Cultural options and fun. Plus scenic when considering towns. Cities less so.

    Towns
    Amherst. Chestnut Hill. Ann Arbor. Annapolis. Georgetown.


    Cities.
    Boston DC San Diego Providence Pittsburgh Austin
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  • CaviteeCavitee 147 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Charlottesville
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5191 replies74 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 21
    @Cavitee I was thinking of that but UVA has a 36 percent acceptance rate instate and that’s 70 percent of the students, roughly, are instate. So I didn’t add it to the list. But I agree. And the op is out of state I believe. And that’s a 19 percent admit rate. So it qualifies and the blended total does as well.

    My mistake. Great addition.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41760 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Seconding Amherst, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor, Boston, San Diego
    Would like to add State College (PA) and Twin Cities, respectively for college town and city - and for college of business or engineering probably not far off the mark for acceptance rates.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3953 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Ann Arbor is a given. WashU is nice. UChicago. I personally like Michigan State. Boston and Chappell Hill as stated.
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  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys 4011 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38118 replies2088 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    I love Madison but DH went there and said it's incredibly cold in the winter, the way the wind blows off the lake. I don't think I could take it and I live in Maine!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7753 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 22
    Ann Arbor, Evanston, Davidson, Cambridge, Princeton, Hanover, Nashville, & Boston are some to consider.

    The 30% acceptance rate may cause you to miss out on some great towns & cities with "the best and most opportunities" such as Austin, Madison, Boulder, Seattle & San Diego. Some majors within large universities have low acceptance rates.

    It would be helpful if you defined some of your terms regarding what types of opportunities you are seeking, as well as your definition of nice.

    P.S. Also, the 30% admit rate means that you may miss out on great locations with outstanding opportunities at state honors colleges. Oxford, Mississippi is an example of a great college town, although not sure of opportunities regarding job placement, but social opportunities are incredible. Athens, Georgia is another.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10646 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Possibilities (for the under 30% crowd):

    UVa (~29% admit rate, Charlottesville)
    Barnard (24%, women only, Manhattan)
    Colorado College (18%, Colorado Springs)
    Georgetown (17.4%, DC)
    Cooper Union (15.1%, Manhattan)
    Amherst College (13.8%, Amherst)
    Vanderbilt (13.1%, Nashville)
    USNA (7.9%, Annapolis)
    MIT (7.9%, Cambridge)
    Columbia (7%, Manhattan)
    Harvard (6%, Cambridge)

    The above college towns/cities will appeal (or not) to different people differently. Taking internship/research opportunities (as well as other factors) into account, IMO the best of the above locations might be Manhattan, DC, and Cambridge (depending on your interests and tastes).
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  • CaviteeCavitee 147 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @tk21769 new meaning to the “under 30 crowd”. LOL
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 6989 replies49 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My favorites - Ithaca (Cornell), Evanston (Northwestern), and Ann Arbor (U. Michigan)
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  • rickle1rickle1 1873 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Charlottesville and Chapel Hill are really cool places. I'd say quintessential college towns but also nice places to live (many stay in the area). For a city, hard to beat Boston with all the schools, culture, history, sports, etc.
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  • circuitridercircuitrider 3367 replies168 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    A relative newcomer to these lists, but, worth looking into: Middletown CT (Wesleyan - 16% admit rate)
    Young professionals with jobs in Hartford and New Haven are beginning to discover this central Connecticut hub with its squeaky clean main street and mile-long string of ethnic restaurants and pubs. It also boasts a very handy and attractive river front:
    https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-river-colleges/
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  • happy1happy1 22759 replies2240 threadsVerified Member Senior Member
    edited July 22
    I hate to be a party pooper but with a Max budget of $20k your focus needs be on affordability first and foremost with anything else (to include "nicest college towns") a distant second. Come up with a list of affordable schools first and then come back and ask about those particular college towns.
    edited July 22
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  • nickthekidnickthekid 120 replies48 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Yea you’re right
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