Local Atmosphere

Galesburg, IL
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I do not leave campus very much. The town is small

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I personally really enjoy Galesburg, but many do not. Galesburg is a small, rural town, so if you're used to or are looking for a party town, this isn't it. There's plenty to do (movies, theater, bowling, lovely restaurants, fun shopping, etc), but this definitely isn't a city, and it doesn't really have a mall. It's a quaint little town, and not enough people realize that before getting here and deciding that they want to go to a club Friday night, but there's not really clubs they're looking for in Galesburg. There is stuff to do though, and the people of Galesburg are lovely and friendly, in my general experience.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a charming little town, great restaurants and community. There is plenty to do and a few things to see but for the most part I'm kept busy on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Parts of the town are really nice. There's a nice, older part of the town that has an antique mall and other fun shops. Other parts of the town aren't super safe so you just wouldn't want to hang out there really. For the most part the locals are super friendly towards the students. I've really liked interacting with them.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Knox students rarely leave the "Knox Bubble" and so my contact with the town is limited. It is a small town, but I find it to be cute and quaint (though some parts of town seem fairly sketchy). I have heard that students and "townies" do not get along well, but I have never experienced this myself. Whenever I go off campus to shop or get coffee, everyone that I encounter is friendly.


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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 19 responses

  • 16% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 68% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 11% 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 18 responses

  • 22% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 22% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 18 responses

  • 67% No way.
  • 33% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.
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