2017 Best College Locations in America

Explore the best places to go to college based on key statistics and student reviews. Compare the best cities for college students and top college towns that offer excellent nightlife, dining, recreational opportunities, and cultural attractions.
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    University of San Francisco

    • San Francisco, CA
    • 1,938 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love the location of the school, the fact that its a private Catholic institution, and that all of its faculty/staff have a sincere concern for the success of their students
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    College Junior:Everyone around me is passionate about some topic. It's inspiring to see what my classmates are up to, whether it's research or startups or personal projects. The atmosphere can be stressful, but the community is incredibly supportive if you reach out for help.
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    Lesley University

    • Cambridge, MA
    • 476 reviews
    College Senior:It's been an overall okay experience. Some of the people in financial aid are leas than pleasant to deal with but the classes are worthwhile and are valuable.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,754 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    Harvard University

    • Cambridge, MA
    • 618 reviews
    College Sophomore:There's not a school out there quite like Harvard. Simply put, the quality and diversity of the student body has made my time so far a remarkable experience. The intellectual attitudes and uniqueness of students truly make it a worldly experience.
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    Northeastern University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,122 reviews
    College Junior:Northeastern is a phenomonal school and has provided me with opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. The most common reason for selecting NU is the co-op program, which is clearly a great opportunity to have. On top of that I've been able to go abroad twice even though I am in a major which I thought would make that impossible. I did my first semester abroad as part of NUin and not only did I love my time there, but I also grew to become very independent and confident. This past summer I got the chance to go abroad again with a major specific to my major an lead by the dean of my major.
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    Stevens Institute of Technology

    • Hoboken, NJ
    • 540 reviews
    College Junior:Its a technical school so the learning environment is rigorous. You have to work for your grades and in the end will get what you deserve. The people are okay, youll find your group of friends if you just open yourself up.
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,041 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    College Junior:Emmanuel is just alright. I love being in Boston, and there are so many opportunities in the area. However, the school itself feels too much like high school, and I wish I went to a bigger, more fun school.
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    College of Charleston

    • Charleston, SC
    • 1,900 reviews
    College Junior:I am really happy with my choice. I sometimes wonder 'what if' when it comes to my living situation because I still live at home with my parents. I always ponder the idea of what I would be doing and how much easier it would be to live on campus. However, when I weigh the pros and cons of living on campus, I come to the conclusion that it is better off living at home because I can save an immense amount of money. If I were to live on campus, I would have a ginormous grand total of student loan debt. I also need to save that money for my study abroad to Austria this coming spring. I am extremely excited for my study abroad, and I am even more glad I chose my school since the college has such an outstanding program for study abroad.
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    Seattle University

    • Seattle, WA
    • 820 reviews
    College Sophomore:Overall, I did not expect to learn as much as I have at Seattle University. I love the college and most importantly, because the mission is to educate the whole person, I have been able to gain experiences outside of the classroom which I will hold with me for years to come. I love being a part of my community and knowing my neighbors very well. The campus community is very friendly and loving and I know I am safe on campus. I believe although I have had ups and downs on campus, my overall experience has been pretty great!
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    University of California - Berkeley

    • Berkeley, CA
    • 3,614 reviews
    College Junior:I love my school, it may not be perfect but nothing in this world is. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a cal bear. The professors are top notch! They want to see their students be successful, although they don’t go easy on us they challenge us, and thats the entire purpose of this university.
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    Fashion Institute of Technology

    • New York, NY
    • 1,386 reviews
    College Senior:I love my professor, they all work in their field and know what they are talking about. They care about us as people and although the work load is tough I don't mind. Because they bring out the best in me and I grew from the lessons. I have had only 1 professor that I don't care for because he taught horribly but other than that, I just love my professors so much. They know how to teach and motivate. The class sizes were the best since we didn't have a lot of people in our year.
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    Champlain College

    • Burlington, VT
    • 666 reviews
    College Junior:My major is unique, hands-on and the staff treat me as if I am already in the field. School has a great environment and everyone has a place to fit in. Freshman dorms are a hit or miss, but Finney Quad dorms are beautiful. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
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    The New School

    • New York, NY
    • 515 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely hate the administration at this school, but the classes and professors really do make the experience worthwhile. Classes are small and really focused on discussion. Professors will encourage you to think in different ways and understand things from new and educated perspective. Midterms and Finals usually don't involve tests but essays and creative projects. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and get involved in their field.
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    Emerson College

    • Boston, MA
    • 1,002 reviews
    College Senior:Emerson College is a great school in the heart of Boston. If you know what you want to do with your work in communication and the arts then it will be the perfect place for you. However, if you are still figuring things out as you go along it can be an intimidating place because the student body is very driven overall.
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    San Francisco State University

    • San Francisco, CA
    • 3,014 reviews
    College Junior:I would get notifications of scholarships and job opportunities in my school email, but neither pertain to what I want to do. Usually the opportunities are for environmental majors which is not what i intend to go into after graduating or related to what i want to do.
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    Suffolk University

    • Boston, MA
    • 872 reviews
    College Junior:UNH was fantastic all four years, the classes and professors were great as well as the overall homey feeling I get when I am there. Joining a Alpha Xi Delta helped me find some of my lifelong friends as well as helping the community and local organizations. I would go back and do it all over again if I could. Suffolk University has not had the same feeling for me yet, as an incoming student this fall I already feel stressed out by the lack of communication and organization that the school has. I have missed several deadlines due to lack of communication as a transfer student. Suffollk also never informed me that the program I applied for, and accepted enrollment in, was not eligible for financial aid except for Stafford loads making it extremely difficult to pay for.
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    Columbia University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Junior:For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.
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    University of Colorado - Boulder

    • Boulder, CO
    • 2,492 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the outdoors, CU has a lot to offer in a variety of club sports, and other students similar interest. Walking around CU is also the prettiest thing you could imagine in a very stressful weekday.
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    George Washington University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,836 reviews
    College Sophomore:Gw is a great school in the perfect location. There are so many things to do around and off campus, and everything is s short walk or metro ride away. The opportunities for internships are endless and Professors and staff are very helpful.
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    University of Pittsburgh

    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 3,623 reviews
    College Junior:I give Pittsburgh 5/5 stars. First of all, I would like to say what students put into their schooling is what they get out of it. I have friends who put in little effort and do not get as much out of college as I do. The reason I am giving Pitt 5 stars is probably a result of myself putting in a lot of effort. I am active in an array of extracurricular activities and work hard in my schooling. Because I put in a lot of time/effort, I get a lot out of my education. My involvement in clubs has taught me just as much, if not more, than I have in class. I find professors who see students working hard in their education to be very willing to help their students out. I regularly correspond with multiple professors, and they all treat me as an equal. They give me advice outside of the scope of school and I think that is priceless.
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    College Sophomore:I like that I am in a specialized school, earning my degree that would normally take an extra 2 years to achieve, and that's right in the heart of a city. However, the workload is a lot to handle if you are not prepared. I guess that's what you have to consider when applying for an accelerated program.
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    University of Colorado - Denver

    • Denver, CO
    • 1,487 reviews
    College Senior:My professors have been very accommodating, and willing to meet with me outside of class hours. They also all seem like they truly want their students to perform to the best of their abilities.
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