Local Atmosphere

Olympia, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,561 ($8,395)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Our campus is located in the heart of Tacoma. We have many attractions since we are downtown that range from plays, to museums, to local attractions and entertainment. It is relatively safe as long as you know the areas to engage. Students interact with one another on a regular basis. Our school is one that thrives off of community.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: When coming to Olympia, WA know two things--it rains everyday so you MUST like the rain and that it is a very small town with not a whole lot to do. If you like the outdoors this is a great place for you. Downtown is a little sleazy at night with a lot of homelessness and bums. There are a few bars, but those are not very well kept up. There is a Westfield Mall in the center of town, and other shopping style places. Good asian food and other more upscale restaurants. Skiing/snowboarding is relatively close, about 3 hours away. Most people who rent out homes don't like college students because Evergreen gets a bad reputation for smelly, obnoxious hippies...however that is not all of us!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Its in Olympia and has a large homeless and addict population. Other then that it is a fairly laid back and nice place to visit. Lots of cool hippie spots.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I like the area--beautiful scenery and friendly people--but for personal reasons I just don't see myself living here after college.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very nice people, humble citizens.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 19 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 21 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 24% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 48% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% 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 20 responses

  • 40% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% Totally.



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