36 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH
LOCAL COLOR Duluth's hilly waterfront evokes San Francisco Bayat least on sunny days. The town of 87,000 has more than 100 parks, 42 streams, six cross-country ski areas, and grand neighborhoods of 100-year-old mansions.
WORD ON THE QUAD Founded in 1894, the 247-acre campus is connected by covered concourses, which makes sense when January windchills drop to minus 20. UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute allows students to study forestry, mining, and ecology. Its Outdoor Recreation Department leads dogsledding and winter camping trips, with warm-weather options as well.
VITAL STATS CONTACT: 218-726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; STUDENT BODY: 8,600 undergraduates, 650 graduates; TUITION: residents, $6,688; nonresidents, $16,947; room and board, $4,960
37 CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY
San Luis Obispo, California
LOCAL COLOR In the foothills of the Central Coast, this town of 44,000 has a stringent downtown preservation campaign, even banning drive-through windows in fast-food restaurants. But with surf spots Montana de Oro, Morro Rock, and Cayucos Reefs nearby, what residents value most is riding waves.
WORD ON THE QUAD Due to its top-ranked engineering program, Cal-Poly gets a gearhead rep, but students can also major in horticulture, forestry, or recreation administration. The campus outing club runs rafting, kayaking, and survival-skills trips.
VITAL STATS CONTACT: 805-756-1111, www.calpoly.edu; Student body: 17,500 undergraduates, 1,100 graduates; TUITION: residents, $3,435; nonresidents, $10,203; room and board, $7,619
38 UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
LOCAL COLOR At the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens (pop. 153,000) is a day trip to the Atlantic, an hour and a half south of the Appalachian Trail, and 25 miles west of the Class II Broad River and the Class III-IV Ocoee River.
WORD ON THE QUAD With sprawling lawns and staid, pillared buildings, the 605-acre main campus has a scholarly vibe. UGA's environmental programs range from the School of Environmental Design to the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. Its outdoor-recreation program schedules whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and paddling trips.
VITAL STATS CONTACT: 706-542-3000, www.uga.edu; STUDENT BODY: 25,000 undergraduates, 8,000 graduates; TUITION: residents, $4,078; nonresidents, $14,854; room and board, $5,756
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39 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
LOCAL COLOR Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin (pop. 657,000) has a relaxed atmosphere, mild year-round temperatures (summers are sticky, though), and more than 16,000 acres of parks and lakes, like Barton Springs, a huge 68-degree spring-fed pool.
WORD ON THE QUAD Founded in 1883, UT has the largest student body in the nation (52,300). The climbing wall at Gregory Gym is always busy, and Enchanted Rock, about an hour and a half west, is a favorite bouldering spot.
VITAL STATS CONTACT: 512-471-3434, www.utexas.edu; STUDENT BODY: 39,700 undergraduates, 12,600 graduates; TUITION: residents, $5,340; nonresidents, $11,446; room and board, $7,088
40 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Coral Gables, Florida
LOCAL COLOR An upscale 'burb south of Miami, Coral Gables (pop. 42,000) is ten minutes from Key Biscayne and 20 minutes from South Beach. You'll find Latin cuisine and all the watersportssailing, kayaking, bodysurfingyou could want.
WORD ON THE QUAD Lots of tony New Yorkers and Miami locals flock to this tree-lined, 260-acre campus on the shore of Lake Osceola. Aspiring scientists can earn marine biology master's degrees through the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
VITAL STATS CONTACT: 305-284-2211, www.miami.edu; STUDENT BODY: 9,500 undergraduates, 5,000 graduates; TUITION: $26,280; room and board, $8,328
36 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH