2010 Top 10 College Towns: Great Cities for School & Life After Graduation - Eugene #6
"Eugene's students have some big shoes to fill. As the launching point of the Nike shoe franchise and home to the University of Oregon's famous Hayward Field, this is one town that knows how to keep college kids running. Those that enjoy the sport have certainly found their place in Eugene, nicknamed "Track Town USA" for its miles of trails. But plenty of fun awaits off the beaten path as well. Rolling Stone named Eugene one of "America's Top 10 College Music Scenes that Rock," and students can watch the scene come to life at venues like WOW Hall. Eugene also has the distinction of being a green-friendly city, which students can appreciate through the university's extensive public transportation system."