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Missoula Named in Top Eight Towns with "Authentic College Vibe"

MSN recently named Missoula, Montana, home of The University of Montana, one of eight towns with an authentic college vibe in an online news story headlined "College Towns: An Honor Roll."

The article points to Missoula’s wilderness surroundings and its active residents "who tend to fish, bike, ski or hike before most of us have stumbled into our first cup of tea." It also notes Missoula’s relatively mild winters, its placement near three of the "Mountain West’s most revered rivers" and its varied cultural offerings.

The top towns were selected after the author reached out via social media to followers and friends for suggestions, then reviewed the results and select eight cities "that stand out as the best of what a college town has to offer, including colorful history, an array of cultural festivals and residential experiences that score plenty of lifestyle points."

Other college towns on the list include Athens, Georgia; Chico, California.; Burlington, Vermont; and Lawrence, Kansas.