Local Atmosphere

Grand Rapids, MI
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is right outside of Grand Rapids, so there is usually always something to do

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Grand Rapids is a very up and coming area with plenty to experience. Anything from dining, to recreation, to entertainment exist in the area in numerous supply.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus itself is kind of small, but the community around mass it easy to find something fun to do when you have downtime.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Grand Rapids has a ton of things to do. One of the biggest attractions is ArtPrize which is a huge art contest held in the fall. There are also several museums - art, children's, historical, etc., as well as a vibrant downtown area with really nice shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Grand Rapids also offers a lot of musical performances from the latest pop bands at the Van Andel Arena to the Grand Rapids Symphony as well as a number of college orchestra and choir concerts.
In addition to the cultural events, there are several malls and tons of places to shop. Grand Rapids is also located within an hours drive from the Lake Michigan beaches at Holland and Grand Haven and is surrounded by a number of state parks and other recreational areas.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do around campus.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 68% 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 25 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 60% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 60% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% Totally.
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