University of Utah-It’s affordable and allows out of state students to pay the in-state tuition rate after one year. You’ve got the Wasatch Front/Park City right there and you can make a weekend out of Moab/Southern Utah.
I can’t speak from experience, but I have to throw it out there….
Michigan Tech in Marquette, Michigan. The majority of the semesters seemingly take place during the winter months. Michigan Tech has fat bike trails for miles, not to mention some of the best trails that the Midwest has to offer in the summer months.
In my limited experience a student couldn’t go wrong with Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Western University in Gunnison, and Ft. Lewis in Durango. I’m not familiar with Western’s programs but NAU and Ft. Lewis offer some interesting environmental type degrees like forestry and multi-resource management (NAU) and outdoor adventure/guiding (Ft. Lewis). I imagine the University of Michigan might be pretty good also. There is quite of bit of riding in the Recreation Areas north of Ann Arbor. I’m thinking of trails like the Potawatomi.
Not to spill the beans, but stay tuned for an article on just this topic, coming to the blog soon!
rk97, in the article I analyze which schools have the best and highest-ranked teams, but also consider other factors like trail access, mountains, and many more. So just because a college has a highly-ranked MTB team doesn’t mean it will make it onto my list, but to get a feel for which colleges rank highly, check out the results from the 2016 season below:
If you can swing an international college experience, Florence Italy is ringed with amazing singletrack in every direction. If you like to race enduro or XC there is an event in Italy 2-3 time a week from March-November. There are two large universities here: University of Florence, and the European University Institute, as well as many schools of art and design.