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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't a lot to walk to from campus. Troy has some shops and the farmer's market is good when the weather is nice.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I like living on-campus but I don't always feel safe in the rest of Troy.

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1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Troy is a dreary, run-down city with literally no attractions that don't include alcohol. It's also a hotbed of violent crime.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Albany isn't the most exciting place in the world but it's still cool. Troy has enough things to do to keep people busy and is kind of cute. Troy is pretty close to a lot of places including some mountains and a couple large cities.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pretty comfortable staying on campus


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Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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In general, students find Troy to be a boring and dangerous place where it is hard to have fun. If you are from a big city where there is always something going on, you will definitely be disappointed by the atmosphere in Troy. Albany, Saratoga, and Grafton Lake are all good get-away spots if you have a car.

Troy may not be the nicest place to live, but to its credit, it is a very old city with a lot of history. However, since RPI wants its students to stay on campus, if you are into history and want to find out any interesting facts and tidbits about the city, you have to do it on your own. As far as entertainment options, there are a few decent golf courses in the area at reasonable prices, not to mention plenty of hills to go hiking, and creeks if you feel like cliff jumping on a hot afternoon. RPI will tell you that you should never go downtown-and while it can be scary at night, as long as you don't wander off by yourself and stick with a few friends while walking the streets, you should be okay. Distractions are welcome to RPI students to break the monotony of studying; whenever you have a chance to do something different, you should.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Several movies have been filmed in downtown Troy's historical district, including The Bostonians (1983), Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence (1993), and H.G.Wells The Time Machine (2002).
  2. Clemet C. Moore's Night Before Christmas was first published in The Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823 under the title A Visit from St. Nicholas.
  3. In the late 19th century, Troy had a professional baseball team known as the Troy Trojans, and on September 22, 1881, they set the all-time record low for attendance at a major league game-12. The record still stands.
  4. In 1864, an Irish immigrant named Kate Mullany formed the Collar Laundry Union, the first women's union in the history of the United States. In 1998, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at the Mullany home, located on Eighth Street.
  5. Troy is known as the "Collar City" because Hannah Montague cut the collars off her husband's shirts so that she would not have to repeatedly wash the entire shirt simply to get the collar clean. This gave rise to an entire collar industry, and is where the term "white collar" originated. One of the bridges that takes you across the Hudson in Troy is called the Collar City Bridge.
Notable Natives
  • John Evers - hall of fame baseball player
  • Michael "King" Kelly - hall of fame baseball player
  • Emma Willard - education pioneer
  • "Uncle Sam" Wilson - national icon
Points of Interest
  • Albany
  • Grafton Park
  • Russell Sage College
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Troy Music Hall
Shopping Centers
  • Colonie Center
  • Crossgates Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 10: Latham Circle Mall
800 New London Rd.
(518) 786-6949
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 13: Colonie Center
131 Colonie Center
(518) 489-8505
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 18: Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
(518) 456-0755
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 8: East Greenbush
279 Troy Rd.
(518) 283-8990
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: hockey
  • Boston Celtics: basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: baseball
  • New England Patriots: football
  • New Jersey Devils: hockey
  • New York Giants: football
  • New York Islanders: hockey
  • New York Jets: football
  • New York Knicks: basketball
  • New York Mets: baseball
  • New York Rangers: hockey
  • New York Yankees: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 3 hours
  • New York City: NY: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 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 41 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 68% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 17% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% 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 41 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 42% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 5% Totally.


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