Local Atmosphere

Huntsville, AL
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The area surrounding campus is not the typical city life, but it is not rural either. There are a few things to do off campus.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Its safe and you can find things to do but its not the most happenin place!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Even though there are not many exciting places to engage in playful activity, there are a lot of healthy, attractive neighborhoods, areas, centers, and outing areas that grab a students attention.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not many attraction in the surrounding areas.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Some students from Alabama A&M come to our school but people can coexist since we both are HBCU's.


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Angelo Deguerre
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The local atmosphere of Oakwood is very peaceful, and students can be assured that they will be in a safe environment. For those who may come from the city, it may be a positive transition or a negative one depending on the personality of each person. There is not much commotion in Huntsville, but when there is, it will be the talk for the town. Oakwood is a rather small university, and information can spread quickly. This can be a good thing or bad thing depending on the situation. Oakwood University offers a very spiritual and religious atmosphere. One should expect nice hospitality and an academically stimulating environment. It is commonplace to have teachers that pray before their classes and instill spiritual applications in their courses.

Although Oakwood is small and Huntsville is quiet, there are many things that can keep you entertained. There is the infamous skating rink where you can find many Oakwood students on a Tuesday or Thursday night. There is Madison Pike's Bridge Street, which is often called “Huntsville's Time Square.” It is a large area with malls, movie theaters, and hotels. There is also the Von Brown, which is a nice natural environment. There are ducks in the water, dogs on the grass, and fish that eat almost anything.

Facts & Statistics

Shopping Centers
Bridge Street
Movie Theaters
Carmike 10
1359 Old Monrovia Road NW
(256) 430-0770
Movie Theaters
Monaco Pictures
370 The Bridget St. NW
(256) 327-8340
Movie Theaters
Touchstar Cinemas
5905 University Drive NW
(256) 830-6829
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Birmingham: AL: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Nashville: TN: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Did You Know?
Oakwood is located in the "Bible Belt." It wouldn't be uncommon to find Christians outside of Oakwood.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 64 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 64 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 19% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 33% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 36% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% 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 64 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 19% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 81% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 64 responses

  • 41% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% Totally.



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