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You should really visit Happy Valley. Gameday atmosphere was awesome, the campus is beautiful and there's a lot to do with a nice bar scene. I get that the scandal upset a lot of people, including myself. That alone isn't reason enough to write the whole city off, it's a great place.
UM, IU, NW, Ill, UW, UMN, Neb, OSU, PSU, Iowa, MD, Rutgers.
I guess that's every one but Purdue. I heard Purdue sucks so I guess I'm not missing out.
7. Purdue next month for hoops
All of them except Iowa.
1.) michigan - my thoughts echo many who have stated that as a campus, imho it is overrated. Academic building, tattoo parlor, deli, academic building, lesbian bookstore, craft store, academic building.
2.) Purdue - from what I saw, there was nothing pleasing about the campus from a beauty standpoint. It looks like someone planned to do a renovation during the Johnson administration but they never got around to it. (Andrew Johnson, not Lyndon)
3) Northwestern - I found it very nice - a definite "Ivy" appeal. Great location with the lake and being in the north Chicago burbs
4) Wisconsin - Did not get to see too much. It was January, below zero, and I just went into the bookstore to buy some goodies. But I would suspect the campus overall would be in the upper echelon.
5) Ohio State - Nice scenery. Not above MSU, but nice
6) Penn State - Went for an Illinois/PSU football game almost 20 years ago. It rained the whole time. From what I recall, the stadium was in the middle of nowhere relative to the rest of campus, but they may have built around it since then. But the campus itself is out in the middle of nowhere. It is like one day in a far out farm field, a campus sprung up.
OUTSIDE THE BIG TEN
Syracuse - no charisma whatsover. 250 acres of campus in the middle of a city.
Toledo - MAC level, but a pretty cool MAC level. The campus itself is quite nice.
Bowling Green - Not at nice as Toledo - More MAC level
Miami (FL) - Expected better. Felt like I needed a machete to clear away the greenery to find a campus building
Florida - Excellent - the MSU of the South as far as campus asthetics go. Top-notch
Louisville - I hate big colleges inside the city Little charm
Xavier - they are in the big city as well, but at least they tried to add charm
Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne - Reminded me of a larger junior college.
MSU - always a blast
UM - gay very gay
Northwestern - beautiful, great location
OSU - the campus is just like MSU's, meaning it's like it's own separate city with the capital minutes away.Great place and Columbus is a great city.
Maryland - very bad area, but beautiful campus. Lame football stadium.
Purdue sucks more than all of the Vegas hookers during the week of the cement contractors conventioncombined. Where Gary from Omaha is about to have the thrill of spending the $500 he stashed away from his fat wife so he can experience a real Vegas call girl.
This post was edited by Sports Mechanic 15 months ago
I love tailgating at Purdue. Been there for a few games, tailgated on the golf course. The "leave at halftime and come back" policy is great.
None of this makes Purdue's campus nice in any way though. Other than a nice looking golf course, it seems pretty crappy from what I've seen.
UM -- not a fan of the urban/split up campus
Illinois -- beauty of a campus
OSU -- there in the middle of summer, everything was burned out, but the Horseshoe was pretty impressive.
Northwestern -- meh
"Leave the gun.....take the cannoli"
"It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel."
UM was UM.
PSU's was decent. Spent most the time I was there trying to find a Denny's. Helpful people out there. Also passed by their athletic facilities. Impressive.
OSU's campus is like ours, except all the population put in a quarter of the area. They have an "O"-shaped park near the center of campus, and I guess that's a big deal (not too many open grassy areas like at MSU). That said, the place looks nice and the last time I went during warm weather, they had quality chicks.
I'm going to Illinois next weekend, we'll see how that goes.
Edit: but worth and gholston for sure.
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Illinois - boring place, been to meetings, football and basketball games here.
Iowa - not too bad of place very linear. Iowa River sets it off from Iowa city
scUM - hate it. AA and campus intertwine don't know if you are on or off campus. Been to one football game here 13-13 tie with Stanford in the 70s.
Minnesota - only driven around campus. Ok but nothing special except its huge.
Purdue - been here for campus visit, meetings and football game. Daughter hated it. A lot of concrete and engineering buildings. Did a better job of recruiting students than MSU did.
Wisconsin - second favorite to MSU. Been there for meetings and football games, great atmosphere. Love the lakes and Capitol street is a close wk with great bars.
Almost forgot Nebraska - didn't see much of campus. Had a friend who lived in Lincoln and took me around the streets. Did go by memorial stadium and it look like a stadium. Had a bar there called PT O'Malley's that was fun.
But none can top MSU. Walking along the Red Cedar in fall or through the gardens is summer can't be beat. Son is looking at MSU for baseball ( only a hs freshman). Daughter is considering for Vet School.
This post was edited by JBoss83 15 months ago
Fight for the only colors, Green and White!
UM - Have to say they have some great restaurants, but otherwise only OK.'
Indiana - Didn't notice campus too much, went there for Little 500. If you are still in college or recently post grad you should round up some buddies asap and go there a weekend of booze, drugs, and tits.
Wisconsin - Very nice campus, definitely a favorite.
West Lafayette (bleck)
UM drive bye (get me the fook out of here)
Illinois (on accounta I was born there)
Iowa (pretty nice but nothin' special)
There is romance in all of us
I'd be curious to know how many of these reviews are based on driving by/through a campus to a parking lot, and attending a football/basketball game vs. actually walking around the main parts of campus?
Particularly Northwestern and Penn State. Both schools have athletic facilities removed from the main part of campus, and unless you get out of the car and walk through the main campus you likely miss the best parts.
Most people here went to MSU, so yes.
OSU-kind of like MSU, but 3 x more stuff than Grand River. Surrounding area can be sketchy with transients.
Iowa-nice and clean.
UM- I actually like Ann Arbor and the UM campus. Very urban feel. Just way too many socially awkward morons.
MSU-Beautiful campus, but felt like it was a pain in the ass at times getting to class/parties/home due to the size.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
Everywhere but Minnesota and Nebraska.
Wisconsin and Indiana tied for my second favorite behind MSU. I was only there one night, but the girls in Bloomington definitely rivaled the EL co-eds. Madison is just a cool city with the lakes and State St.
I liked Columbus, but didn't think campus was anything all that special. Purdue was by far the worst. I was barely there when it was light out, but it didn't seem like there was shit to do. Penn State is weird too because, like someone said, it's in the middle of nowhere. However, game days are pretty cool in Happy Valley.
i would love to head to Bloomington if MSU played IU on a Saturday or Sunday and stay for the entire weekend. There were some pretty cool bars I didn't get to spend much time in.
Pretty much. I absolutely think MSU has the best campus in the Big Ten. I don't know how it would match up against the likes of Stanford, UCLA (maybe? I think I've heard it's beautiful) and some of the Ivy League schools, though. I'm sure there's some pretty sweet spots out West and maybe in the South.
I have been to all of the Big Ten Schools.
I have also been on campus at Florida, Texas A&M, Texas, Tennessee, Miami, Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Arizona State, and Wake Forrest. The only campuses of these that I have seen a sporting event at are Texas (vs. Colorado their NC year. Was the same day JLS rant @ Ohio State) and I saw NCAA Tournament games in Winston Salem.
This post was edited by Sparty2QP 15 months ago
uofm nice campus wha, what? they have a couple of nice buildings (law) but it's a bottomfeeder as far as campuses.
in tthat order
UM and Northwestern.
UM is a nice enough place, but I still think it would look better as a smoldering crater.
Northwestern's campus was absolutely stunning, and the people were very friendly too.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
I feel like MSU fans will hate on UM's campus no matter what. I don't like the layout, but as far as aesthetics (not including most of the female population), I kinda like AA. Also, I've never had a bad time there, which might just be luck and the fact some of my best friends went to Michigan.
And I'm probably a little biased. In my experience, you can't go wrong with MSU, IU and UW. Where IU and UW have a huge advantage is the bar scene. Hell, I think Ann Arbor has better bars than EL.
Crunchy's is cool, but it's more of a sit down and have a burger and a few beers place than a bar you go out to for the night. Same for Peanut Barrel and Woody's. So that leaves you with Harpers (smells like piss, awful service), Dublin (good food, doesn't really cater to students), Rick's (I mean...it's Rick's) and PT's and tRiv, which are fun on Thursdays. You can throw Beggars in there, but people only tend to go there to drink on Wine Wednesday.
I briefly went to three bars in Bloomington and thought all three were cooler than anything EL had to offer.
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