For the second year in a row, Bridgeport has been named one of the country’s top cities for students to attend college by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).
The “2010-2011 College Destinations Index” ranks 360 metropolitan areas nationwide, dividing them into groups based on their population.
Bridgeport was ranked the third best small city for college students, after Boulder, CO, and Ann Arbor, MI.
Cities were judged on a variety of economic, cultural, and academic factors ranging from student concentration, the cost of living, local unemployment rates, access to arts and cultural programs, the percentage of area residents with college degrees, social diversity, and research and development opportunities.
With students from more than 80 countries, a new high-tech small-business incubator, access to faculty research, and thriving academic programs — including those in the health sciences, design, education, and engineering — that produce skilled workers and interns for area businesses, UB helped Bridgeport secure its top-three ranking.
“The three areas we look at are academic, cultural, and professional opportunities. The take-away is that the location of your college is important. You college years extend beyond the walls of the campus. It’s abroad measure of what makes a city appealing to all residents,” said Carrie Lynch, senior fellow at AIER.
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