Choosing a college is one of the most important life decisions a young adult can make. Parents and students must weigh all sorts of criteria including academics, class size, campus culture and tuition costs to find the right fit. Location factors in there too. Whether urban or rural, close to home or the other side of the country, geography is a key part of the decision making process. While it shouldn’t be the main consideration, it doesn’t hurt to spend your university years in a pretty place. After all, you’re not going to have your nose in the books the whole time. And parents, if you’re going be visiting your kids at school from time to time, a pleasant location beats a dreary one. So, here are 10 of the most scenic college towns in the States to strive for. They just so happen to offer some great schools, too.
1. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder is the proud home of the University of Colorado. It is set at the base of the Rocky Mountains and flanked by the Flatirons. The city frequently ranks high in terms of health, well-being, quality of life. It has a youthful, “green” vibe, due to its high concentration of college students and outdoor enthusiasts. Denver is less than an hour away if you need some city action, but most residents prefer the fresh, cozy feel of this liberal, artsy town. Boulder is surrounded by expansive nature preserves and recreational open space. If hiking, cycling or rock climbing are your thing, this is a one of the most scenic college towns in the States to put on your shortlist.