Ok guys and gals. heres the deal. I have applied to four schools, University of Maryland-(College Park), Virginia Tech, NC state, Georgia Tech. I applied with non-binding early action on NC state and Georgia Tech and got into both so far. I'm still waiting on UMCP and VT, but I think my chances are pretty good (1380 SAT, 3.8GPA).
All of these school are decent, and I would not be recieving a bad education at any of these institutions, so I have chosen to choose the school not on educational but on a purely non-educational basis. Am I making sense?
Anyway, my main selection criteria is its condusiveness to recreational and fitness related activity, like biking, running and swimming.
Tempwise, georgia tech takes the cake, but it is in the city (atlanta), and i'm thinking it might make for bad cycling. Am I wrong?
Next on the temperature list is NC state: although right now they are covered in an inch-thick sheet of ice, I think that they might be the best, and it is a bit more suburban then georgia tech.
Blacksburg, where Virginia Tech is, seems to have a very active cycling body, but it is not a whole lot warmer then here. It is also in the mountains, where, presumably, they get more snow. Also, it is out in the middle of nowhere, and running might be sketchy on the roads that branch out from Virgina Tech.
Lastly, there is UMCP. It has the same climate as here, and it seems to be a very urban campus. I know people that ride there, though, and they seem to like it. there is a fairly active cycling team too, and that is a good thing. my only turn off is the three months of december, january, and febuary, where the temperature regularly dips below 20 degrees F.
So if you had to choose a city from these four (Atlanta, Raleigh, blacksburg, and College Park), which would you pick based on general cycling pleasure?