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Magazine names Bozeman one of America's best college towns

December 9, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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A leading travel magazine recently named Bozeman one of the 20 best college towns in the United States.

“Travel & Leisure” magazine ranked Bozeman No. 18 on its inaugural “America’s Best College Towns” list. Bozeman was the only town in Montana, and one of only a few towns in the West, to be recognized on the list.

In its write-up about Bozeman, the magazine cited the community’s downtown, as well as myriad outdoor activities, as part of Bozeman’s appeal.

“When you’re gearing up to visit Bozeman, it helps to accept that you will constantly feel pulled in two directions,” the magazine noted. “There’s the laid-back downtown, with its coffeehouses, galleries, and bookstores just begging you to linger. And then there’s the great outdoors, calling you to try your hand at fly-fishing, rafting, skiing, and hiking.” 

Burlington, Vt., earned the No. one spot on the magazine’s list. Other Western towns recognized on the list included Flagstaff, Ariz., and Boulder, Colo.

To determine the rankings, “Travel & Leisure” asked its readers to post nominations on social media. Readers then voted on the best college towns. The full list is available online at

Contact: Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service, (406) 994-4902 or