Whether you’re a senior in high school or helping your child apply to college, you’ll soon learn that location is everything when deciding where to spend the first four years of the college experience.
Apart from the programs, merits, and financial advantages of each school, the area in which an institution is located can make or break a college experience.
To facilitate this process, Travel and Leisure has compiled a list of the top 25 college towns in the United States and two popular college towns with excellent institutions of higher learning have made the list.
In terms of weather, Florida is probably one of your best options. If you decide to apply to a university in Gainesville, such as the University of Florida, you will reach 35% of the population, which consists of students only.
If you’re looking for a wider variety of options, look no further than Tallahassee, Florida. Home to nine colleges and universities, including Florida A&M and Florida State University, the city offers options for most applicants. It also brings tons of fun events for students, which you can find here.
Other cities in the United States include:
The Massachusetts capital is one of the US cities with the most options for high school seniors applying to college. It welcomes students from 35 colleges, universities and community colleges. With plenty of job and internship opportunities, Boston is a great option for seniors looking for a student-focused location in the United States.
As one of the places with the most educated populations, with more than half of its adults holding a degree, Madison is an incredibly motivating city for any student. It also offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, with lakes, cycle paths and national parks galore.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Thanks to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is a perfect college town. However, school is not the only reason to come here. Stick around for the culture, including the Ackland Museum of Art and the amazing street art you can view for free.
Home to Arizona State University, Tempe is also a great option for students looking for a place filled with their peers. One of four people in this city is a student, including the more than 134,000 students enrolled at ASU.
Boulder is a place to visit whether you are a prospective student or not. With nearly endless possibilities for hiking, biking, and skiing, this city truly gives you every chance to enjoy the great outdoors. It is also home to the University of Colorado and the University of Naropa, which partly explain why its college population exceeds 28%.
Providence, Rhode Island
One of the smaller cities on this list, Providence is definitely a place to keep in mind when applying for colleges. Home to Brown University, Rhode Island College, Providence College, and the Rhode Island School of Design, it offers opportunities for most prospective freshmen. It also offers lively nightlife and regular sporting events.
Located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is one of the most beautiful places candidates plan to spend the next four years of their lives. Home to the famous University of California at Berkeley, this city offers some of the most inspiring experiences inside and outside of school. It features some of the most active student bodies in terms of environmental conservation, which is expected given the magnificent beauty of the location.
Iowa City, Iowa
If you’re looking to learn more about the greatest novels of all time, or if it’s been your lifelong dream to write one, the ‘City of Literature’ might be perfect for you. Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, offers one of the best literary educations in the United States.
Syracuse, New York
Home to eight colleges and universities, including its own Syracuse University and the State University of New York, Syracuse is the perfect college town for students looking for a little more from their experience. With a bustling day and night life, Syracuse is home to 140,000 full-time residents in addition to its student population.
Other cities and towns that made the list are:
Ann Arbor, MI
Ithaca, New York
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