Local Atmosphere

Elizabethtown, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its very safe but there isn't much to do that is close to the college. I happen to like it that way because I'm a home body but if you were looking for a big city life with lots of shopping then Etown isn't for you.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is nothing special, but I have never had any problems.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small town with some perks and quirks

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town is very pretty, and the people that live around campus are very nice and friendly. However, there is not much to do in the Elizabethtown city district. Most shopping and dining off-campus is about a 20 minute drive, so having a car is a definite plus, though not a necessity. We do lots of volunteering in the community, so the local attitude towards students is definitely overall positive.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Etown is very isolated from everything and since there is no public transportation it is harder for students to enjoy activities not provided by the school.


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Facts & Statistics

Shopping Centers
  • Market Street Square
  • Outlets at Hershey
Movie Theaters
Cocoaplex Cinema
1150 Cocoa Ave.
(717) 312-1300
Movie Theaters
Movietown Cinemas
700 N. Hanover St.
(717) 361-7536
Major Sports Teams
Harrsiburg Senators: Minor-league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Harrisburg, Pa.: : 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • York, Pa.: : 50 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 23 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

  • 4% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 72% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 24 responses

  • 33% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 24 responses

  • 17% No way.
  • 79% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 4% Totally.


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