Pierre Huguet, CEO of the H&C Education consulting firm, suggests that prospective undergraduates think about whether they’d prefer to attend an urban school.

“If the activities that give meaning to your life are hiking, canoeing, and fishing, you probably won’t want to go to college in an urban setting,” he explained in an email. “On the other hand, if you’re all about visiting museums and writing a food blog, a school in New York or Chicago may be perfect for you.”