Tampa ranked as 2nd ‘Best College City’

Today, WalletHub released their list of the 2020’s Best College Towns & Cities in America and the state of Florida did well for both large and midsize cities.

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Tampa was ranked #2 for best large college city (more than 300,000 people), following only Austin, TX, and 4th overall.

In order to determine the best college towns and cities in America, WalletHub examined 415 cities of varying sizes across three key dimensions: 1) Wallet Friendliness, 2) Social Environment and 3) Academic & Economic Opportunities.

In the midsize city category (125,000 to 300,000 people), Orlando was ranked #1 and Gainesville took fifth place.

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When asked, in deciding which university to attend, how important is the surrounding city/town?, Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education, Cecilia M. Orphan, PhD said, “The answer to this question depends a lot on what kind of student you are. If you’re younger and wants the experience of going away for college, the surrounding city and town should be a place you can see yourself learning how to “adult” in. Meaning, perhaps it should be slightly bigger than the town you are from but not so much bigger that you’re completely overwhelmed.

“If you need to hold a part-time job outside of classes, it should also be a place where there are job opportunities for students. It is equally important to consider the cost of living in the city or town. Can you afford to rent or live off campus if you want? Will public transportation allow you to get around if you don’t have a car? Are there bars, restaurants, and other activities nearby that reflect your interests? “

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