These guys are still cities, but still give off some small-town qualities. They're also the ones our experts chose as the best for college students. Small cities are defined as areas with 250,000 to 1,000,000 residents.

List produced by the Experts

  • 1. Boulder, CO
  • 2. Madison, WI
  • 3. Ann Arbor, MI
  • 4. Princeton/Trenton, NJ
  • 5. Santa Cruz, CA
  • 6. Honolulu, HI
  • 7. New Haven, CT
  • 8. Ft. Collins, CO
  • 9. Worcester, MA
  • 10. Lincoln, NE
  • 11. Santa Barbara, CA
  • 12. Springfield, IL
  • 13. Lansing, MI
  • 14. Salinas, CA
  • 15. Lexington, KY
  • 16. Santa Rosa, CA
  • 17. Reno, NV
  • 18. Napa, CA
  • 19. Charleston, SC
  • 20. Albany, NY
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Source: "Using 12 specific and measurable metrics, CDI researchers analyzed data on more than 290 U.S. metropolitan areas to identify those regions that provide . . . resources best suited to the needs and priorities of today's college students." The 2007-2008 College Destinations Index. Copyright 2007, Collegia. Reprinted with permission.

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