For many high school juniors and seniors, a college campus visit and the surrounding town are almost as important as an academic program.
Students might have their sights set on a big city university, only to learn that they feel more at home on a traditional campus with lots of open, green space. Other students might be more interested in the availability of part-time jobs, cost of off-campus living, and other economic factors.
A new list from WalletHub ranks college cities and towns according to three key dimensions: wallet friendliness, social environment, and academic and economic opportunities.
The ranking is intended to help prospective college students narrow down their school choices, and it follows up WalletHub’s 2019 College & University Rankings.
To compute the list, WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities of varying sizes based on 30 key indicators of academic, social, and economic opportunities for students. The data set ranges from cost of living to quality of higher education to crime rate.
Overall, the top 10 cities and towns are: Austin, TX; Orlando, FL; Ann Arbor, MI; Provo, UT; Rexburg, ID; Stevens Point, WI; Tampa, FL; West Lafayette, IN; Scottsdale, AZ; and Las Vegas, NV.