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U.S. College Towns Quiz #2

For each American city, name its most prominent university.
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First submittedApril 9, 2011
Last updatedApril 10, 2014
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City
University
Ann Arbor
Michigan
Provo
Brigham Young
South Bend
Notre Dame
Evanston
Northwestern
Durham
Duke
Annapolis
Navy
State College
Penn State
Baltimore
Johns Hopkins
City
University
Charlottesville
Virginia
Gainesville
Florida
Boulder
Colorado
New Haven
Yale
West Lafayette
Purdue
Lawrence
Kansas
College Park
Maryland
Missoula
Montana
City
University
Hanover
Dartmouth
Ithaca
Cornell
Eugene
Oregon
Waco
Baylor
New Orleans
Tulane
College Station
Texas A&M
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
Providence
Brown
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Mar 16, 2014
Updated and expanded!
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level 83
Mar 17, 2014
Some might argue that the most prominent college in Providence is Providence University. Certainly it's more prominent when it comes to athletics, though academically, it would be hard to argue that it holds a candle to the one you've got there.
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level 64
Mar 20, 2014
I agree with tschutzer. There are plenty of other possibilities that don't have such a debatable answer.
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Mar 21, 2014
Oh, you mean Providence College? I looked it up because I've never heard of it. The fact that @tschutzer didn't get the name right is interesting. But not to disparage Providence College. I'm sure it's a nice place. Just not exactly Ivy League. And, if we're going by athletics, they don't even have a football team.
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level 83
Apr 7, 2014
Yes, the Providence Friars, the Big East member basketball program is what I was referring to by "athletics" - not having a football team isn't really relevant. And when referring to the school, it's generally just called "Providence" (which is why I mistakenly referred to it as a university - my bad). Just to be clear, I don't think for an instant that Providence is anything close to as prestigious an academic institution as Brown - I just think that the distinction of "most prominent" would depend highly on whether you're talking to an academic or a college basketball fan.
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level 58
Aug 12, 2015
I'm not a basketball fan, nor do I live on the East coast. Brown will always pop up first in my mind.
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level 42
Jul 3, 2016
When I came to this question i thought of providence university not brown
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level 72
Mar 29, 2014
Providence is a (very nice) small Catholic undergraduate college that has nowhere near the academic or social prestige of Brown. (And no, being in the NCAA tournament doesn't count.) I'd say the only college that has a gripe with being an alternate answer is Ithaca, only because the city of Ithaca is geographically flanked by both college campuses. (Though, again, Ithaca College is admittedly smaller). The only city I thought was weird was Baltimore, not because Johns Hopkins isn't the most prestigious school, but because none of the others were built in major urban areas (Providence was still a small city when Brown was founded) and thus have more of a sense of being from a "college town."
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level 60
Apr 7, 2014
I agree. Johns Hopkins is certainly the best school there, but that's the only answer for which more than one option sprang to mind for me. Loyola and UMBC came to me first.
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level 77
Apr 7, 2014
Johns Hopkins came to mind immediately. UMBC I don't think should count as it's a satellite campus.
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level 73
Jul 4, 2014
don't forget the "College of Notre Dame of Maryland" - which has the unfortunate initials of ... wait for it ... CONDOM. :)
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level 44
Jul 31, 2014
Yeah, Baltimore is not a college town.
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level 56
Jun 11, 2015
Kalabahamut -- UMBC is not a satellite campus. It is a full school in its own right, on the other hand it is not in Baltimore City, but in Baltimore County. Maryland has grad programs in Baltimore (med school, law school, dental school) that are a satellite campus of University of Maryland.
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level 72
Apr 18, 2016
what about coppin state and morgan state?
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level 37
Aug 9, 2018
Yes, New Orleans isn't a major urban area at all...
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
dkuva - okay if you say so, I guess I was mistaken.
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level 71
Jul 10, 2016
Providence College is a powerhouse hockey school! But for prestige, Rhode Island School of Design (aka RISD) certainly rivals Brown – it's just smaller and more specialized.
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level 58
Jun 25, 2019
Yeah, my first guess was RISD, but I got Brown no problem - don't think this one needs to be changed
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level 69
Aug 10, 2018
During my time there, Brown went to the NCAA Final Four in both hockey and soccer. Plus how many Rose Bowls has PC been to?
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level 77
Apr 7, 2014
Why do you accept "UNC" but not "UVA," "UMD," etc. I used to live in Virginia and had lots of friends who went to UVA.... EVERYBODY calls the school UVA. Nobody says Virginia or University of Virginia.
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level 71
Apr 7, 2014
I read this comment, then couldn't believe who wrote it. You of all people should know this quiz is for everyone, not just those who live in Virginia. I can understand how much more difficult it must be to type "Virginia" rather than UVA.
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level 77
Apr 8, 2014
Then accept both answers. At least if you're going to accept UNC for "North Carolina."
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level 73
Apr 9, 2014
UVA is the accepted name around here in Virginia. It is almost always called UVA, rarely called Virginia. And the other poster is right -- if UNC is accepted UVA should be as well.
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level 44
Jul 31, 2014
Agreed, you would only say Virginia if you were referring to their athletics on a national scale. Otherwise it's UVA.
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level 60
Apr 7, 2014
In kalba's defense, I've lived in North Carolina all my life, and I call it UVA. My wife is from New York, and she also calls it UVA.
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Apr 10, 2014
UVA will work now, but please don't expect it to work for every quiz.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
Why? Either take out the abbreviations for some schools (UNC, NYU, UCLA, USC), or accept the abbreviations for all schools. UVA is not called Virginia any more often than NYU is called New York. Is it really that hard to look up? Frustrating when you know the answer and type it in but it's not accepted and then you think maybe you got it wrong.
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level 41
Apr 7, 2014
so you decided to put Missoula on here and not Bloomington. I'm disappointed in you, quizmaster. #CreamAndCrimson #IU
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level 72
Apr 18, 2016
most people know indiana's town...needed to include some non household name unis...should have included omaha, starkville, and perhaps carbondale
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level 42
Apr 8, 2014
Lawrence KS, like a lot of the towns on this list, is a beautiful little college town. Rock Chalk!
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level 17
Nov 13, 2014
I have a similar quiz, though it's much longer. It's called "Colleges by Location."
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level 82
Dec 1, 2014
I like that I got "Kansas" when typing in Arkansas. Convenient. (Yes, I just guessed as many states as I could think of after I'd typed in the 6 universities I knew.)
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level 38
Jul 16, 2017
Weird quiz in that half of the answers amount to "what state is this city in?"
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level 79
Aug 9, 2018
I can't believe that no one has pointed it out but technically Notre Dame is not in South Bend, but outside the city limits and the area is called "Notre Dame". From Wikipedia... "Notre Dame's campus is located in Notre Dame, Indiana, an unincorporated community in the Michiana area of Northern Indiana, north of South Bend and four miles (6 km) from the Michigan state line."
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level 34
Aug 9, 2018
please accept "hopkins" for johns hopkins, as it is commonly called
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level 68
Jan 2, 2019
I knew that Johns Hopkins was the big kahuna school in Baltimore, but I didn't enter it because I let myself get "misdirected" by nearly all the others on the quiz being famous in sports.
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level 68
Jan 2, 2019
OK, lacrosse before somebody beats me to it!
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
Thank you for finally accepting UVA for Virginia. Now how about UMD for Maryland?
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level 51
Apr 25, 2019
Why isn't Penn St accepted for Penn State? It is for every other quiz. I tried that one several times cause I was pretty sure that's what was in State College but gave up when it didn't work.
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level 44
Jul 1, 2019
While I love Johns Hopkins and it's one of the few good things to come out of Baltimore, I find it hard to believe that one can consider Baltimore a college town. Same goes for New Orleans.
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level 56
Aug 16, 2019
Got only 1/24 - Yale. Never heard most of the others.
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level 56
Aug 16, 2019
It's funny living in State College and people asking you where you're from, not believing that State College is actually the name of the town. Also, you allowed UNC for North Carolina, so can you please accept PSU for Penn State?