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10/10/2012 08:49 am ET

Best College Towns: The 15 Most Awesome University Towns You May Not Know Of

By Heather Rinder

When looking into colleges, we know to check out the campus, the residence halls, and the gyms, but the town where the school is located can be just as important to your experience.

Of course, there are always the well-known, big-city schools with restaurants and bars to hang out at - think areas like Boston, Washington, D.C or Chicago. Here are 15 more collegiette™-approved college towns that you may not know about, and a few of the hotspots in each. Step one: add these to your list of must-visits.

Check out the first five in the slideshow below, and head over to hercampus.com to read the full story!

Awesome College Towns
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