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Whether you prefer salty ocean swells to rock scrambles at ten thousand feet, school doesn't have to interfere with your thirst for adventure. In fact, many studies find that supplementing academia with the exploration, exercise, and challenges awarded by outdoor adventuring can dramatically improve one's academic performance. Luckily, there are innumerable colleges and universities that will put you in direct proximity to national trails and parks, rock walls, the best beaches, white water, and more. We have listed here some of the best colleges and universities for outdoor adventurers. Our criteria takes into account this proximity as well as the national ratings of the school, its outdoor emphasis, and the opportunities for earning credit outside the classroom. One thing to note below is that the tuition rates reflect annual undergraduate costs and do not include room and board and other fees. Our data comes from the university and colleges' websites as well as nationally recognized U.S. News and World Report and The National Center for Education Statistics.
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