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Banner Elk, NC
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The townsfolk of Banner Elk are the kindest, sweetest people I've ever met its almost as if the town and everyone in it is a family, they'll get to know you real quick due to the small size and just about every month or s the town has an event that everyone at the college can participate in, and it just fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Living – Banner Elk is about as small a town as you can get, but the people who live here are usually very friendly. There are not a lot of shops in Banner Elk, but there are definitely lots of outdoor opportunities and the surrounding area is beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Banner Elk, NC is very small but its history over theyear make it very interesting. I enjoy going on a hike up the mountain or going to Wildcat Lake. Its not too far from App State in Boone.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Small Town. Banner Elk is a small town, the whole one stoplight deal. But it's great. Most of the people are a retired community so it's nice and peaceful. You rarely hear any sirens of any sort, except for the fire department because they are right across the street. There's a dog park for those who have dogs on campus to go hang out. A nice size park if you want to run. A duck pond. And the scenery of living in the mountains is beautiful. It's small so if you want to out and hit the streets, you either have to drive 20 minutes to boone, or drive 45 to Johnson City.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Quite and Outdoor Oriented – Banner Elk has a really small population, and the college makes up about half of the town. It's a really amazing place if you love the outdoors and community. You can get involved in anything from rock climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, river rafting, horseback riding, to local art shows, cultural festivals, heritage week, sporting events, and even clubbing in Boone only 30 minutes away.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 8 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 9 responses

  • 11% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 89% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% 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 8 responses

  • 25% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% Totally.


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