There is just something inherently exciting about being in a true college town; whether it’s the proximity to a great campus, the constant reminders of an alternate lifestyle and culture, the ever present fervent spirit associated with a cherished college athletics program or a combination of all of these factors and a few more.
The following slideshow ranks the 31 coolest college towns in these Unites States (the grades have nothing to do with how good the athletic programs are) and before we get started it’s absolutely imperative to point out that this is nothing but a subjective list.
Yes, the word “coolest” offers no objectivity and what is one person’s “coolest” college town is another person’s biggest dump.
And so, by the very nature of this undertaking, the following presentation is tainted with the author’s perspective; a viewpoint that obviously prefers the smaller town over the huge city (yeah, New Orleans, Boston and Chicago are cool…but they aren’t true college towns) and celebrates towns that are completely saturated with their blessed institutional relationships.
In order to prove that the presenter’s bias has a limit, the great city of Lubbock, Texas, has been left off the list. Though its beauty shines immeasurably in the eye of this beholder, its soul-stirring magnificence is hard to sell to a wider audience.