If you want a college town with a bit of history and culture, don't overlook Rhode Island. One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island proves that big things can come in small packages. With its quaint harbors and Appalachian highlands, the Ocean State has great appeal to maritime and mountain recreation enthusiasts from all over the world. The cities of Newport and Providence draw beachcombers, tourists, fishermen, and scholars alike. Providence, the state's largest city, is also the capital.
Founded in 1764, Brown University is an Ivy League school located in Providence. Its distinguished faculty members hail from around the globe. Providence is also home to the famous Rhode Island School of Design, offering architecture, fashion, and fine arts programs. Newport, the home of world-class sailing operations and a tourist hub, is also host to postgraduate education offered by the U.S. Naval War College.