Local Atmosphere

Lock Haven, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$16,390 ($8,564)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you are the outdoors type it's the place to be.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very small town you have to make the best of it

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Area is Good if you have a car. but manageable

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is nice. There is a lot to do in town and there are nice views along the river to see.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The town of Lock Haven is nice to explore. Depending on the distance or certain activity/attraction, transportation could be needed.

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regan gaenzle
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Lock Haven is a place of relaxation and fresh air. It's locally known for its scenery and outdoor opportunities. If you love the outdoors, you can go hiking, tubing down the Susquehanna, swimming, boating, or you can enjoy a nice walk around town. Every year, there are boat races at Riverfest, which has a live band, games, food, and socializing events for all.

The small town gives off a homey vibe and is very old fashioned. There is one movie theater in town that offers the latest film selections. The population of Lock Haven is around 9,000 and is generally a very friendly community. A place to relax and have a nice cup of coffee is at the downtown coffee shop called Avenue 209, which brings students and townspeople together. If you like the outdoors and being in a small town setting, Lock Haven is the college for you. If you want to get away, Penn State and Bloomsburg are only an hour away. Penn State has a lot of places for food and entertainment.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Lock Haven has three sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
Notable Natives
  • Alison Bechdel - cartoonist
  • Alexander McDonald - US senator for Arkansas
  • John French Sloan - artist
Local Slang
Fall Down: The Fallon House is called "the Fall Down" by many college students.
Points of Interest
  • Bald Eagle Creek
  • Hanna Park
  • Heisey House
  • Water Street District
  • West Branch Susquehanna River
Shopping Centers
Lycoming Mall
Movie Theaters
Roxy Movie Theatre
308 E. Main St.
Downtown Lock Haven
(570) 748-7699
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Philadelphia: : 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: : 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • State College, Pa.: : 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 39 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 39 responses

  • 15% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 64% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% 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 39 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 45% No way.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 11% Totally.


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