#7. College Station TX
Why It’s a Great Place to Go to College: Texas A&M students and alumni are loud and proud — Aggieland on a Saturday is truly extraordinary. But this school is so much more than its football team. The 69,000 students here stay busy by conducting research in labs (the school generated more than $922 million in research dollars last year) and participating in more than 1,100 student organizations.
Why You Should Put Down Roots Here (Even After Graduation): Barbecue. Football. Mild weather. What else do you need? OK, OK, we should also add that College Station is a vibrant place to live (which is one reason why it made Livability’s list of 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live), with a strong economy, lots of museums and cultural centers and a growing list of wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Coolest Campus Tradition: The Elephant Walk, which started in 1926, when Aggie seniors take a symbolic nighttime walk through campus before the last home football game.
Best Place to Get Out and About: Lick Creek Park, a tranquil hidden gem where you can walk, run or just meditate and listen to the birds.
Best Fourth Meal: Anything on the menu at Whataburger
Place to Be on a Saturday Night: O’Bannon’s Taphouse
Beloved Brewery: New Republic Brewing
Best Bookstore (for non-textbooks): Half Price Books
Favorite Coffee Shop Study Spot: Sweet Eugene’s House of Java
Local Dream Job: Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, a student military organization with different units, including the famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
What Keeps Alumni Coming Back: We think senior communication major Jacob Svetz summed it up nicely: “Alumni keep coming back to Aggieland because of something we call ‘the spirit.’ Many people have tried to explain it, but haven’t been successful. So many people have put their heart and soul into their various clubs and organizations and they’re proud to come back and see current students carry on their traditions.”