So here are the most desirable colleges in America according to high school student's and thier parents. The kids words say it all.
"There is a clear change in students towards colleges in urban places," Franek said. "Colleges like NYU or Yale are good examples of institutions that are unapologetic about the cities they are in. At a school like NYU, the educational experience doesn't stop in the classroom."
Jennifer Maisel, a senior at Syosset High School in Long Island, N.Y., said she believes NYU's popularity among students is likely based on the resources the city has to offer."I think [NYU's rank] has more to do with stuff outside of the school, like the work opportunities, people you can meet in the city and the lifestyle in general," she said.
Here's a link to the Harvard paper with more quotes.
“If you want to be in a rural setting, NYU is not the place for you,” he said. “But if you want to be in the greatest city on earth, then Ann Arbor or Cambridge is not the place for you.”
“Powerful cities have access that they give to their students,” Franek said, referring to the abundance of internship and job opportunities in large cities.
Can't you just hear those ivory towers moan. I mean these people have gone to unbelievable lengths to create the finest and most protected bastions of knowledge only to be beaten up by a school that is on a subway line. Welcome to the school of hard knocks guys.