Local Atmosphere

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$12,774 ($7,182)
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Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere isn't bad at all. There is the local mall, Walmart, and surrounds Univerisities for different things to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: not much to do but the locals are nice to the college kids the scenery is beautiful with the hills land when the seasons change

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the city, it's a lot of fun. There is usually always something to do, between museums, parks, and restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The schools is basically stranded in the middle of nowhere.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Madison and Huntsville Alabama is has a great atmosphere it's the type of place where you would want to retire!!!


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Alabama A&M University is located in Normal, Ala. Other than a few gas stations, barber shops, and a couple of rundown eating joints, there isn't too much in Normal. However, just a few minutes away is Huntsville, where all the students go to enjoy a good meal, catch a dollar movie, shop, or check out museums like the Space and Rocket Center. The city of Huntsville is a small and friendly town. Although it's located in the South, the people and the way of life are not as slow as one might think; on the other hand, Huntsville is not as fast as a bigger city, either. It maintains an even pace that is not so fast where you feel like you can't keep up, but slow enough for you to recognize that you're in the South.

Huntsville has a very family-oriented atmosphere. Generally, strangers will speak to you when you pass them by. People from the community (including local alumni, church members, teachers, and faculty) will look after you, especially if you're an out-of-state student. They'll feed you once in a while, invite you over, and treat you just like family.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Con+Stellation is an annual science fiction convention held in Huntsville.
  2. Part of the 1986 movie "SpaceCamp" was filmed in Huntsville's US Space and Rocket Center.
Notable Natives
  • Tallulah Bankhead - actress
  • Bo Bice - "American Idol" runner-up
  • Julia Campbell - actress (Christie Masters in "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion")
  • Kay Cornelius - Christian romance novelist
  • Jan Davis - astronaut
  • Felicia Day - actress
  • Antoine Dodson - Internet sensation ("Bed Intruder Song")
  • Margaret Hoelzer - Olympic swimmer
  • Jimmy Means - NASCAR driver
  • J. Reu - rapper
Points of Interest
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Huntsville Madison County Public Library
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Monte Sano State Park
  • US Space & Rocket Center
  • Von Braun Center
Shopping Centers
  • Bridge Street Town Centre
  • Madision Square Mall
  • Parkway Place
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Valley Bend 18
1485 Four Mile Post Rd. SE
(256) 882-1202
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood 18 Cinemas
3312 Memorial Parkway SW
(800) 326-3264 ext. 110
Major Sports Teams
  • Alabama Hammers: Southern Indoor Football League
  • Huntsville Havoc: Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
  • Huntsville Stars: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Huntsville, Ala.: : 10 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 18% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 21% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 59% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 33 responses

  • 27% No way.
  • 61% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.


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