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Our previous article talked about the most underrated aspects of colleges. In this article we will present to you the best all around colleges. Our rankings are comprised of all aspects of colleges. We include athletics, location, campus, academics and party scene. These are the most comprehensive all-around rankings you will find on colleges. This article is not just for athletes. This is for any student attending college. Feel free to leave a comment if you feel a school should have been mentioned.

1. Stanford University- Stanford, California

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Notable Features

Location: 45 minute drive to San Francisco, 25 minute drive to the beach, 4 hour drive to Lake Tahoe (Ski Resort & Summer get-away), 8 hour drive to Las Vegas, 5 hour drive to Los Angeles, 1 hour & 45 minute drive to Napa Valley, 2 hour drive to Sacramento, 7 local Pro-sports teams

Campus: Beautiful, modern, green campus.

Best Sports: Football, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball

Academics: Widely regarded as the best school in the world, #1 Ranked College by Forbes, #5 National University by US News

Party Scene: A- grade by Niche

2. University of Notre Dame- South Bend, Indiana

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Notable Features

Location: 1 hour & 40 minute drive to Chicago, 40 minute drive to Lake Michigan, 3 hour drive to Milwaukee

Campus: Very nice updated campus, still holds onto some of the older historic buildings. Brand new athletic facilities.

Best Sports: In our opinion, the best all around sports school in the country currently (UCLA would have been in the past). Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis.

Academics: #13 college by Forbes, #15 National University by US News

Party Scene: A grade by Niche

3. University of California, Los Angeles- Westwood (UCLA), California

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Notable Features

Location: In our opinion, the best location in the country. 25 minute drive to Los Angeles, 15 minute drive to Santa Monica (Beach), 25 minute drive to Hollywood, 4 hour & 30 minute drive to Las Vegas, 5 hour drive to Mammoth Mountain (Ski Resort), 2 hour drive to San Diego, 8 local pro-sports teams

Campus: Perfect balance of traditional college buildings, and modern, innovative complexes.

Best Sports: Most national championships in the NCAA. Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball.

Academics: #46 college by Forbes, #24 National University by US News, Most applied to school in the world

Party Scene: A+ by Niche

4. University of Texas, Austin- Austin, Texas

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Notable Features

Location: Right in the center of Downtown Austin. Located alongside the Colorado River. 2 hour & 45 minute drive to Dallas, 1 hour & 20 minute drive to San Antonio, 2 hour & 30 minute drive to Houston, 3 hour drive to the Gulf of Mexico (Beach), 4 hour drive to Mexico

Campus: Clean and relatively modern campus, with many new buildings currently under construction.

Best Sports: Football, Basketball, Track & Field, Baseball.

Academics: #93 college by Forbes, #56 National University by US News

Party Scene: A+ grade by Niche

5. University of Southern California (USC)-Los Angeles, California

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Notable Features

Location: 10 minute drive to Downtown Los Angeles, 30 minute drive to the beach, 4 hour drive to Las Vegas, 5 hour drive to Mammoth Mountain (Ski Resort), 2 hour drive to San Diego, 8 local pro-sports teams

Campus: Known for being in the center of a “bad” neighborhood, the campus itself is very nice, modern, and clean.

Best Sports: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Water Polo, Golf, Volleyball.

Academics: #65 college by Forbes, #23 National University by US News

Party Scene: A+ grade by Niche

 

Best of the Rest 

Duke University- Durham, North Carolina

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill- Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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University of Florida- Gainesville, Florida

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor- Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Vanderbilt University- Nashville, Tennessee

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