Local Atmosphere

Shreveport, LA
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It is average but better for students over 21.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If You Are from a Large City, Then Will You Be Bored! Shreveport has a great diversity of culture and a very rich history. Many people do not realize Shreveport's historical background. There are many "historical sites" to visit(if you are into that). If you are into more science and education, Shreveport offers a place called Sciport. It's for all ages and is so much fun! Maybe you like the club scene, or perhaps casinos. We have a vast amount of casinos and night entertainment all over the area. Honestly, unless you are 21 or over, there's not much left to do. Shreveport/Bossier has a Boardwalk for shopping and hanging out. There are a few malls around, but nothing too fancy. If you are from a large city, then you may not like Shreveport.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I don't really go off campus to the local town/city. There is a lot to do on campus so I don't pay attention to what is going on in the town. Which the town is good size. There is plenty of cultural events and sports/recreation on campus to keep us busy. I feal safe around the campus area.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Small School Charm in City – Centenary is located on Shreveport, LA. The campus is very pretty and has been the back drop for several movies filming in the area. There is fishing, shopping, and other festivities that abound. The school is located on major bus routes and there are a few close stores to walk to.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Best of Both Worlds – Shreveport is a nice place if you are on the right side of it. In front of the school are great places to shop, find food, and explore when there is nothing to do. The back side of the school is a different story, until you hit Bossier or downtown Shreveport. On the back side of the school has places such a Swagger Hair and Ghetto Gallery just to name a few, and it is not some place you want to be walking alone at night.


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Ashley Moss
Tucson, Ariz.
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Next to the quality of campus food, Centenary students complain about Shreveport the most. Although Centenary has been in Shreveport for nearly a hundred years, it rarely feels like a college town. Entertainment is aimed toward families and tourists looking to gamble. Though people in the community are really supportive of Centenary in terms of attending campus events, businesses generally don't go out of their way to attract the college crowd. Students tend to find things to do on campus or make friends with people that have apartments in town.

Downtown Shreveport has the River Walk, which is beautiful, but you can only stare at shining neon lights and spitting fountains so much. One exciting development is the growing music and art scene. Festivals such as the Red River Revel and Mudbug Madness can be fun, but they only come around once a year. Though Shreveport is a rather small city, it has a good variety of shopping centers that are only about 15 minutes from campus. Bossier City is another small city that, combined with Shreveport, makes what the tourist bureau likes to refer to as "Shreveport-Bossier." It's a nifty illusion that makes each city seem slightly bigger than it actually is. Also, because people in Louisiana love to eat, there are restaurants everywhere you look. While most of the shops and restaurants are close by, it's much easier to get around if you own a car or know someone who does.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Elvis Presley and Hank Williams got their start in Shreveport when they performed at the Louisiana Hayride.
  2. The bridge that connects Shreveport to neighboring Bossier City is the largest neon-lit bridge in America.
  3. Scenes from the film "Interview with a Vampire" were filmed in Shreveport.
  4. Bill Joyce, creator of the children's program "Rolie Polie Olie" and a producer of the film "Robots," is an artist in residence at Centenary College.
  5. The blues legend Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter once prowled the streets of St. Paul's Bottom, a legal red-light district that flourished in Shreveport between 1903 and 1917.
Notable Natives
  • Terry Bradshaw – NFL star, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
  • Kix Brooks – half of Brooks & Dunn
  • Van Cliborn – concert pianist
  • Johnnie Cochran – criminal defense attorney
  • Kenny Wayne Shepard – blues guitarist
Local Slang
  • Are you getting down?: Are you getting out of the car?
  • Beignet: Deep-fried dough covered with powdered sugar
  • Cher: Sweet
  • Coke: Refers not only to a Coke product, but any carbonated beverage
  • Fixin': Usually said when someone is about to do something ("I'm fixin' to go to the store.")
  • Lagniappe: Something extra
  • Mudbug: Crawfish
Points of Interest
  • American Rose Center
  • Boomtown Casino
  • Harrah's Louisiana Downs
  • Louisiana Boardwalk
  • R.W. Norton Art Gallery
  • Riverview Park
  • Sci-Port Discovery Center
  • Spirit of the Red River Cruise
Shopping Centers
  • Mall St. Vincent
  • Pierre Bossier Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown
8400 Millicent Way
(318) 798-6488
Movie Theaters
Regal Bossier Corners Cinema 9
2800 Shed Rd.
Bossier City
(318) 742-9922
Movie Theaters
Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14
2 River Colony Dr.
Bossier City
(318) 742-9896
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: TX: 3 hours
  • New Orleans: LA: 5 hours
Did You Know?
Shreveport's atmosphere is a mixture of Texas, Deep South, and Cajun cultures. You'll probably hear a lot of slang from each of these cultures when you visit Centenary.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 8 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 9 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 44% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 22% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 33% 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 10 responses

  • 20% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% No way.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.


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