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What did we do all summer? We searched the country for the coolest college towns, places where the outdoors and intellectual esprit mingle blissfully. In this online SNEAK PREVIEW of Outside‘s September issue, we fill you in on our picks for the nation’s TOP TEN schools. Whether you’re seeking a great university experience or just a stimulating place to call home, our guide will get you there.

Hungry for more? Check out the rest of Outside‘s top forty schools, PLUS study abroad programs in Spain, Japan, and Botswana; military schools at which to earn your outdoor stripes (on belay, sir!); and colleges where extreme fun trumps academics—all in the September 2003 issue, on newsstands now.

Click here to tell us which college town you believe is the best. Did we skip your beloved alma mater? Should one of our top school picks have appeared higher on the list? Let us know what you think. One randomly selected participant will win a free pair of Oakley sunglasses.