Local Atmosphere

San Angelo, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$14,240 ($4,850)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: More of a retirement town rather than a college town. Not much night life for those of us who are under the age of 21. Really only Midnight Rodeo, movie theater, bowling alley, and a very sketchy club called Club 81. Need to incorporate more activities for those who like to do things at night on the weekends besides the same thing all the time

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town is a bigger town than most but I wish there was more than going out to eat the movies or bowling to do in town.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I have lived in San Angelo for about ten years. At first I hated it, but like it or not, the town grows on you. It's an enjoyable town and has some fun things to do if you know where to go.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you have ever lived in a city with a population over 100,000 don't come to this terrible place

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do here.


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Cheyenne Benson
Denver City TX
Communications, Focus- Media and Cultural Studies
Grad Year
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San Angelo is a city that thinks of itself as a small Texas town. It has a small mall, Walmart, Sam's Club, and many other major stores and restaraunts, but it never feels too big or too crowded. Those from larger cities might feel the town is boring because of the lack of variety, but those from smaller towns enjoy the conveniences that San Angelo has to offer. In recent years, the downtown area of San Angelo has really started to liven up, and now many people enjoy shopping at the boutiques and specialty stores. For those who prefer shopping local, downtown San Angelo is perfect.

As far as the campus goes, it is small and friendly, and there is usually something going on every week. ASU takes care to have many events in the beginning of the academic year to give students time to meet new people and forge friendships. The residence halls also make sure to have events throughout the year to allow students to meet others who live in their same dorms. The ASU campus is friendly in the West Texas fashion, as most students are from the surrounding area. Students are not afraid to approach each other or make small talk in the elevator.

Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Crawford Goldsby - better known as "Cherokee Bill"
  • David Hulse - professional baseball player
  • Los Lonely Boys - music group
  • Greg Maddux - baseball player, four-time Cy Young Award winner
  • Fess Parker - actor
  • Ernest Tubb - country music singer
Local Slang
The Black Hole: San Angelo is described as a black hole in that if you've ever lived there once, you will come back and live there forever.
Points of Interest
Fort Concho
Shopping Centers
Sunset Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
4425 Sherwood Way
San Angelo
(325) 223-0354
Major Sports Teams
San Angelo Colts: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Abilene, Texas: : 2 hours
  • Austin, Texas: : 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Fort Worth, Texas: : 4 hours, 15 minutes
  • Lubbock, Texas: : 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • San Antonio: : 3 hours, 45 minutes
Did You Know?
The band Los Lonely Boys is from San Angelo. They are known for their hit "How Far Is Heaven."

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 47 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 49 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 31% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 47% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% 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 48 responses

  • 54% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 10% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% Totally.


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