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Dallas, PA
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College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lived here whole life. Biased to the quiet

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is in a quiet suburb but close enough to restaurants and shopping so that students can enjoy themselves.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is nothing to do around here, unless you live closer to the city and commute to campus.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Although there are some places to go in Dallas, you really have to go to Wilkes Barre to get most of what you want and need. There are clubs, stores, a mall, and lots of places to eat in Wilkes Barre, about a 20 minute drive. Dallas is a really nice area, there is a CVS, Dunkin Donuts, chinese food and pizza, and a lot more.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I am not from here although some of the people are friendly there is a sense distance like a them and you situation people will talk but not very long they just want to point you in the right direction and be on there way...


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Michele Drago
Larksville, Pa
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Misericordia University is located in a rural area, right in the heart of Dallas, Pa. The town creates a welcoming environment for students, as Misericordia is the only university in town. The town is so intertwined with Misericordia that most of the businesses and organizations will give discounts to Misericordia students that walk through their doors. All in all, though, there is not that much to do in Dallas; however, Wilkes-Barre, a city where most main attractions are, is only a 20-minute drive away. Students can go shopping, eat out, go to the movies, and go to a Penguin hockey game all within a five-minute distance away from each other. Students who don't have a car on campus might find it hard to find a ride or take the shuttle to Wilkes-Barre because the shuttle operates on its own times and those times may not be convenient. Most students don't mind the drive and choose to get off campus to do activities because what the school offers can get old and sickening after a while.

Scranton, another huge town of attractions, is only a 45-minute drive from the Misericordia campus. It's another hot spot where students can go shopping, to the movies, or even a Yankee's baseball game. There are many things to do in these two areas. Good entertainment is only a short drive away!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. NBC's "The Office" is set in Scranton.
  2. Planters Peanuts was founded in Wilkes-Barre.
  3. Wilkes-Barre is the home of HBO and is also known as the birthplace of modern cable programming.
  4. In Michael Moore's documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story," Wilkes-Barre's economic problems are highlighted.
Notable Natives
  • Breaking Benjamin - rock band
  • Julia Frakes - Teen Vogue writer, blogger
  • Jerry Orbach - actor, "Law and Order"
  • Michael Schoeffling - Jake Ryan from "Sixteen Candles"
Points of Interest
  • F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Frederick Stegmaier Mansion
  • Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
  • Luzerne County Historical Society
  • Luzerne County Museum
  • Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
  • Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
  • Wyoming Monument
Shopping Centers
  • Arena Hub Plaza
  • The Mall at Steamtown
  • Shoppes at Montage
  • Wyoming Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark 20
40 Glenmaura National Blvd.
(570) 961-5922
Movie Theaters
R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14
24 E. Northampton St.
(570) 825-4444
Major Sports Teams
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees: Minor league baseball
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Harrisburg: PA: 2 hours
  • New York City: NY: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Scranton: PA: 35 minutes
  • Wilkes-Barre: PA: 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 24 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 25 responses

  • 20% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 68% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% 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 24 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 43% No way.
  • 26% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.
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