Top-ranked U.S. college towns

Students heading to college have thousands of higher-education institutions from which to choose. The factors that help students determine those choices are many: academic offerings, cost, proximity, family tradition, etc.

But a key element in deciding where to attend college is the school's location: not just the campus itself, but the city or town it is part of.

"Experts have argued that an institution’s geographical location is just as important as a stro

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