Local Atmosphere

Longview, TX
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are some good things in and around Longview, but it is a small town. Those students who are used to big cities often get bored here. There are some surrounding towns with things to do if you are willing to drive a bit.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Longview is a city of about 80,000 people. Not a lot to do. The area directly around campus is a ghetto--very unsafe. The north part of town is nicer and has most of the big chain retail stores that you'd expect (Target, Kohl's, etc). There is only one grocery store near campus--south Walmart, which is not a safe place to go alone at night. I've had a friend get roughed up there. There is another Walmart and I believe Albertson's on the north end of town, which are nicer.

Students are not allowed to live off-campus til senior year, with almost no exceptions.

Dallas is 2 hours away, Shreveport 1 hour.

There is an airport in town (GGG) but flights there tend to be insanely expensive and there are only 2 flights in each day. Shreveport is a better bet or, if you can get a ride, Dallas. The school does NOT offer any sort of pick-up-drop-off service for current students--only incoming, first-semester freshmen. Hard to get public transit anywhere too, either within city or to other cities.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere around the school is kinda dull but the farther north you go into Longview, the more stuff you find and up there Longview's is a pretty vibrant city. You just need a car to get anywhere reasonably decent and some good friends to create fun memories with. It's nothing like big college cities like Boston or Chicago mainly because everything is spread out but on the other hand its nothing like a small town in the country or in the north shore.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Longview, Texas is a terrible town for living 80,000 people with anything to do. 2 movie theaters, 1 mall and some fast food restaurants.
The closest universities are an hour away on a highway (UT Tyler and ETBU). There isn't at a healthy rivality against them because there is not a rivality at all. Athletics at the university suck and there is not a college spirit.
No jobs on town other than mom and dad businesses or some minor banks of East Texas.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Being that Letourneau is a christian university, the atmosphere is overall positive. It is a small enough campus to walk to buildings and not too many people to be overcrowded.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 17 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 18 responses

  • 28% Painfully remote.
  • 39% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 11% 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.
  • 11% 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 17 responses

  • 35% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 53% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% No way.
  • 35% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.
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