As both admission officers and community members, we have always thought that Ithaca is an amazing college town. We’ve blogged about our beautiful natural areas and outdoor adventures such as the state parks, waterfalls, and Cayuga Lake. Examples of the culinary wonders of Ithaca have been frequently touted. Why, we even said – “Make your visit a vacation!” Rest assured we aren’t the only ones who think Ithaca is a special place to spend your four years as a college student! Read this USA Today Opinion: What makes these the best college towns. What is that? You want the research to back up those assertions? How Cornellian of you! We are proud to share that the American Institute for Economic Research has named Ithaca the number one college town for 2012-2013!