UAS Chancellor reacts to college town ranking for Juneau

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau has been named the seventh-best college town out of 170 communities across the U.S, according to’s latest study. developed a data-driven approach that presents an unbiased ranking of the best college towns. The data covered more than just books and tuition while in college, but looked at the overall 4-year experience. 

    University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfied says they are thrilled with the  recognition.

    "I think the secret is out," he says.  "Juneau is a great place to live and to learn."

    Caulfield says the small size of UAS means that students get to work directly with outstanding faculty and students also have access to an amazingly dynamic cultural scene in a town that's breathtakingly beautiful.  

    "I for one am really proud to be living in a town that is so exciting for young people who are interested in a quality education."

    The top 10 college towns are:

    1. Ithaca, New York
    2. Mankato, Minnesota
    3. Bozeman, Montana
    4. Minot, North Dakota
    5. Durango, Colorado
    6. Missoula, Montana
    7. Juneau, Alaska
    8. Brookings, South Dakota
    9. Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    10. Ames, Iowa

    “The personal attention and support students receive when attending a smaller school combined with an energized arts and outdoors-oriented community are a tough combination to beat.”

    — Lisa Phu, public information officer for the City & Borough of Juneau

    To narrow down the list, the study honed in on areas with a population less than 150,000. Big enough to offer plenty of amenities and small enough for college students to shine. Using data from 170 communities, evaluated each one against criteria that is most important to young adults: unemployment rate, median cost to rent, concentration of bars and restaurants, population of young adults, and more. In total, each city was evaluated on a 20 point scale on seven different factors.

    See the analysis, full methodology and sources, and more at:

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