Corvallis: 5th Best College Town

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Getting into a top notch school is important, but so is the town it’s in. When it comes to the college experience, researchers give Corvallis an “A.”

The American Institute for Economic Research published their 75 best college towns and cities. In towns with fewer than 250,000 residents, Corvallis ranked number five.

“The fact that Corvallis is one of the best college towns doesn’t surprise me at all,” said OSU senior David Shumway.

Junior Camille Mack loves that people can walk or ride your bike everywhere.

“Corvallis is green man. You can’t get any better than this green campus. It’s beautiful,” said freshman Reuben Wai.

The group looked at a dozen factors, including earning potential, safety, and arts and leisure activities.

Freshman Hollin Metz said, “I can freely walk around at 3 a.m. and have no worries. It’s just a great community.”

The executive director of Visit Corvallis lists the many things to do.

“We’ve got a gazillion parks, a thriving arts and culture scene, a lot of really good restaurants that are locally owned,” said Parker

Navigating around town is also an art itself. The street names are all named after presidents. So if you know the order of presidents, you will know your way around town.

And just as the Latin translation of Corvallis suggests, students and residents say it really is the “heart of the valley.”

“I’ve traveled all around the world, but I always come back. I love Corvallis,” said Wai.

The only other Oregon city to make the list was Portland.


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  1. G says:

    I think you may have an error in the title. 6th is the standing on the list: https://www.aier.org/article/8231-aier-names-75-best-college-towns-and-cities-2013-2014

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      Our article was published in April 2013. The latest list, which was published by AIER in November 2013, lists Corvallis as No. 6.

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