The college experience means more than simply enjoying life while on campus. Your quality of life after graduation--likelihood of getting a job, cost of living, number of bars and restaurants, etc.--is just as important. USA Today evaluated this data to come up with their 25 best "small" college towns.

Only towns with fewer than 150,000 residents were considered for this list. Not surprisingly, many of the top 25 were located in the Midwest, with the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa all being represented.

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Among Iowa towns listed, Cedar Rapids cracked the top 10 with a population of approximately 129,000 people and a very reasonable cost of living. CR also hosts two highly-regarded four-year colleges.

Cedar Rapids is home to both Coe College, founded in 1851, and Mount Mercy University, a liberal arts college that boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to one. Both of these institutions enroll under 2,000 students each. -USA Today

Dubuque also made USA Today's list, ranking #12. Just another thing to consider if you or someone you know is looking at colleges.

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