Local Atmosphere

Ellensburg, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,557 ($8,925)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is a charming small town of Ellensburg. It reminds me a lot of the area that I had come from (Portland/Vancouver) and it really helped with the transition. The university is always helping students find activities to do around town, there is always something to do if you really look. The university is fairly close, particularly in the halls. The atmosphere is really warm and I couldn't love this school more. The local schools in town do a lot on campus, and there are plenty of volunteer activities for the university students to participate in. There is a lot of interaction between the university and the town, it is quite lovely. I feel at home.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Ellensburg is a small town so it's not ideal for city goers. However, the area is full of trails to hike and recreational opportunities and the recreation center on campus is fantastic.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very little town but the town fully backs the school

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its very quiet and calm, with the university this town would be verily lonely.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its a very country town, there is a rodeo every year.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 61 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 60 responses

  • 10% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 58% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% 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 60 responses

  • 87% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 3% 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 60 responses

  • 53% No way.
  • 42% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 5% Totally.


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