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greg dahlen

Alumnus, academy of achievement


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Shouldn't the best universities be in the best cities?

Can we agree that the best universities in America are Harvard and Stanford. Can we also agree that the top cities are Los Angeles and New York? Wouldn't one expect that the best universities would be in the best cities? Wonder why they're not.


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    Jun 23 2013: There is no logical, necessary, connection between the competitive/comparative ranking of a city and the institutions of higher learning located in that city. You also have the problem of using the very elusive quality called "best" in the equation. Students need inexpensive housing and food which the "best" (L.A., N.Y.C.) cities do not provide. College towns are typically not industrial/commercial/cultural/economic hotbeds. So, no, the "best" colleges and universities do not need to be located in the "best" cities.
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      Jun 23 2013: well, e, I did mean in or near. Yeah, I don't know about the cost-of-living argument, I lived in Redwood City near Stanford after I graduated, and I've lived in various parts of L.A., and I found the cost of living about equal.

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