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Chapel Hill, NC

Population: 58,766
Photo: Dan Sears UNC-Chapel Hill

Not sure exactly what you're looking for in a college town? Not to worry, Chapel Hill, NC, will have it, whatever it turns out to be. The impressive University of North Carolina consistently ranks as one of the best universities in the United States, but students will find plenty to do outside of academics. Programs like UNC's Outdoor Education program, which aims to build students' leadership abilities and appreciation for the environment through group activities, to ensure that students keep active.

Off campus, the arts scene in Chapel Hill proves to be a central component of the city's personality, showcased on the popular Franklin Street. As part of University Square, this area is geared toward the undergrad with restaurants, boutiques and bars. The nightlife lights up here as well with popular spots like Carolina Brewery and Carolina Coffee Shop.

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