The American Institute of Economic Research came out with its 2010-11 list of the top 75 best cities to live in if you're a college student, and the Big 12 was well represented.
Austin "Hooks" #2 in Mid-Size Metro
In the Small Metro category, Boulder takes the top spot and Lincoln comes in 13th.
Under College Towns, Ames ranks 4th, Lawrence 9th, College Station 12th and Columbia 13th.
Two metropolitan cities just outside Big 12 towns also make the list, with Denver placing 12th in the Major Metro category and Oklahoma City listing at 20th in Mid-size Metros
See the complete listing here