Local Atmosphere

Location
Hiram, OH
Undergrads
1,144
Tuition
$30,190
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: We are in the middle of no where so it gets very boring.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. There are no attractions that you can go to without having to drive at least 15-30 minutes. There's some activities on campus and some cultural events but they don't have too much interest for most students. The safety is almost guaranteed which is good. But this town just feels so suffocating at times because it feels like you're not doing anything. Or at least, that's how I feel. Others might feel differently.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We always have fun and the people all seem nice

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Most people are very friendly on campus. There are a couple of dorms that have a lot of people with their doors open and hanging out with each other. A lot of people keep to them selves though and the campus is usually pretty dead, especially on the weekends.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Hiram is a small town but not a far drive from some good restaurants and shopping.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Monica Lucas
Hometown
Temecula
Major
Political Science
Grad Year
2014
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Hiram has charm. It is a tiny, rural area in the middle of a huge mass of cornfields and soybean farms. There are trees and adorable little houses everywhere. All of the students and villagers are happy, friendly, and welcoming. Most students feel right at home when at school. But apart from the aesthetics, Hiram is isolated. The nearest shopping centers are about a half-hour away and include Walmart, Target, and Chipotle, to name a few places. There is a smaller town about three miles away from Hiram called Garrettsville. It has a tiny movie theater, a bowling alley, a grocery store, and some fast food restaurants. It is sort of the joke among Hiram students to say they are "going into town" for some McDonald's.

Hiram's isolation is the worst during the winter, when it is difficult to drive anywhere. The students get bored, and cabin fever becomes a problem. There are a couple of places for students to go that are within walking distance of campus, including a bar and a pizza place. But other than that, there are no other surrounding activities. A great thing about Hiram, though, is that while it's in a beautiful natural area, it's an easy 45-minute drive away from Cleveland, which has great nightlife, a popular theater district, and fun places for college students, such as Tremont and Coventry.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
In 1992, nearby Aurora, Ohio, was designated a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Notable Natives
James A. Garfield - U.S. president
Points of Interest
Wildwater Kingdom
Shopping Centers
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
Movie Theaters
Cinemark 10 - Aurora
140 Barrington Town Square Drive
Aurora
(800) 326-3264 ext. 2125
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Cleveland: : 50 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 24 responses

  • 33% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 50% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% 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

  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 42% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 38% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.

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