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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I like the town of Galesburg; there are nice parks and enough attractions to keep one occupied. It's not a cultural mecca but considering it's a country town it does alright. The Carl Sandburg Home is here, and a railroad museum. There's Discovery Depot for kids (many students volunteer here) and the Orpheum to see theatre. On the far north of town there's a movie theatre; you'll need a friend with a car to take you unless you bike well. Lake Storey is pretty and has camping; Knox also gives students access to Green Oaks for camping; it's out of town though. Shopping is limited, there's a Target and a mall but it's not full of options. Some of my suite mates would take trips to Peoria to shop there. The Quad Cities also attract a lot of bigger concerts and shows. Most of Galesburg is safe; there are some sketchy patches to the west of campus. But I feel safe here. With a good job I could see myself here. I've heard reports that townies aren't always nice but I think that's not true because every person I've told about Knox has been incredibly supportive. Though I do volunteer work and work in the public schools. The key to a good town/student relationship is getting out of the so-called "Knox bubble".

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Only public transportation is few small buses which only come once in every 30 min. Life is hard without a car. Few restarents are in walking distance, but crappy. Only shooping place for girls is walmart, target, or thrift shop. Oh yeah, and Amazon.com. I wouldn't have survived without it. They have old but quite decent thratre in downtown.

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.

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

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  • 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 19 responses

  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 21% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 19 responses

  • 63% No way.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.
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