Depending on where you end up going to college, your experience can wind up having a lot do with where your college campus is located. If you attend NYU, for example, your campus is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” in the heart of the busy bumble that is the ultimate–and largest–city in America. If you take your talents to Berea College, the surrounding city is fun and thriving, but in a different kind of way. In fact, the biggest institution in Berea is the college itself–where NYU is just one of many big things going on in the Big Apple.
There are countless ways to compare the cities and towns that have colleges within them, but one of the most compelling ways is how well the two macro organisms get along…or don’t…
Not all cities and the colleges within them get along perfectly, but according to the Princeton Review, here are 20 colleges with superb college and town relationships:
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Quick fact: Clemson University has two student-run newspapers. Founded in 1907, The Tiger News is the oldest student-run newspaper in South Carolina. The second newspaper is the Tiger Town Observer.
2. Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Quick fact: Kansas State, which often simply goes by K-State, is the oldest public university in the state of Kansas.
3. College of the Ozarks
Location: Point Lookout, Missouri
Quick fact: The College charges no tuition for full-time students, mostly due to its student work program. The program requires students to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station and two 40-hour work weeks during breaks–no wonder its town loves the students!
4. Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Quick fact: Virginia Tech is one of the few public universities in the United States that maintains a corps of cadets.
5. Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas
Quick fact: Five streets demarcate the campus: Greenbriar Street, Rice Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Main Street, and University Boulevard.
6. Saint Michael’s College
Location: Colchester, Vermont
Quick fact: In the 1950s, Freshmen were required to wear a dress shirt, coat and tie to every class and for the evening meal.
7. University of Alabama at Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Quick fact: There are over 150+ student organizations on the UAB campus.
8. Macalester College
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Quick fact: Notable alumni include Kofi Annan, Walter Mondale, Marlene Johnson, DeWitt Wallace, Alexander Wendt, Ari Emanuel, Peter Berg, Tim O’Brien, Bob Mould, and Charles Baxter.
Location: Wheaton, Illinois
Quick fact: Wheaton College ranked 15th in “Best Undergraduate Teaching” by US News and World Report for national liberal arts colleges.
10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Location: Needham, Massachusetts
Quick fact: Olin College is noted in the engineering community for its youth, small size, project-based curriculum, and large endowment funded primarily by the F. W. Olin Foundation.
11. St. Olaf College
Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Quick fact: St. Olaf ranks as one of the top 20 small colleges for liberal arts education (those with 5,000 or fewer students) for the number of students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps.
12. Agnes Scott College
Location: Decatur, Georgia
Quick fact: Agnes Scott has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral institute by the college’s 150th anniversary in 2039.
13. Westminster College
Location: New Wilmington , Pennsylvania
Quick fact: The student population is nearly 1,480 undergraduate and graduate students.
14. Nazareth College
Location: Rochester, New York
Quick fact: Nazareth was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The first class, comprising 25 young women, began their studies in a large mansion on Lake Avenue in Rochester, New York.
15. Catawba College
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
Quick fact: The school’s theatre program is consistently rated as one of the top 10 in the nation.
16. The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Quick fact: UNCA is the only designated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system.
17. Bellarmine University
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Quick fact: Bellarmine offers study abroad options on six continents in over 50 countries around the globe, ranging from departmental programs to summer enclave programs and semester or academic year exchanges at over 150 partner universities.
18. William Jewell College
Location: Liberty, Missouri
Quick fact: It was founded in 1849 by members of the Missouri Baptist Convention and other civic leaders.
19. Millsaps College
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Quick fact: Founded in 1890, the college is recognized as one of the country’s best private colleges dedicated to undergraduate teaching and educating the whole individual.
20. University of New Orleans
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Quick fact: There are more than 120 registered clubs and organizations active at UNO, including 15 fraternities and sororities.
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