Local Atmosphere

Glassboro, NJ
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: its a small town, that is around the school. its a nice place

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: They just recently bolt new attractions like restaurants and they have a cool outdoor ice rink during the winter season.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is small town/suburb and there is shopping around. There are also some farms and vineyards too. Not too far from Philadelphia or Atlantic City.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Glassboro is a small town, with not much to do. It is pretty close to Philadelphia though and there is a bus that can take you there and back for free but it only runs on the weekend and you have to make your own plans. The town isn't exactly fond of the university with many residents complaining of public urination and intoxication so relationships between the school and town are strained at best.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Glassboro is an awful, dirty, dangerous, ghetto, and drugged up city. I'm sure you can extrapolate with that much information.


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Scott Wordsman
Rockaway, N.J.
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If you crave lots of stuff to do and love to dance the night away, you might find yourself by yourself—and that’s the truth. Unfortunately, Rowan doesn’t have too much of a nightlife, which the University does a good job of inadvertently highlighting through its Rowan After Hours (RAH) program—various events are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until 1 a.m. in the Student Center. It's great that the school offers stuff to do on the weekends, but the fact that on-campus programs are regularaly held during the prime party times at other colleges says something. If you are looking for a movie to compare the local atmosphere with, you’ll have to look beyond movies like “Road Trip” and turn your attention to “The Hours”—a movie about angst and sheer boredom. But don't let the lack of a spirited local atmosphere stop you from having fun—just don't expect to have it in Glassboro.

Unless you want to enjoy peace and quiet at all times or you want to sit in on a festive city of Glassboro board meeting (supposedly, the parking ordinance conversations can get pretty lively), then don’t expect much from the city. Luckily, Rowan has detached from the depressing Glassboro environment, and there is a lot to do on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Glassboro has a history of manufacturing glass, hence the city's name. It was originally called, "Glass Works in the Woods."
  2. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held a summit in Glassboro in 1967. The summit was held on Rowan's campus (then called Glassboro State College). They met in Glassboro because it was equal distance between NYC and Washington, DC, where each of the leaders originally wanted to meet.
  3. The town has a family swimming pool.
  4. Ronald Reagan spoke at the Glassboro High School graduation in1986. He was the first sitting president to speak at a high school commencement.
Local Slang
  • The Borough: Glassboro
  • Crown: Crown Fried Chicken in Glassboro
Points of Interest
Heritage Glass Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Cherry Hill Mall
  • Deptford Mall
  • Moorestown Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
2121 Route 38
Cherry Hill
(856) 486-7420
Movie Theaters
Regal Cross Keys Cinema 12
151 American Blvd.
(800) 326-3264 ext. 265
Movie Theaters
United Artists Washington Township
121 Tuckahoe Rd.
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: NBA
  • Philadelphia Eagles: NFL
  • Philadelphia Flyers: NHL
  • Philadelphia Phillies: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlantic City: NJ: 45 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 52 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 52 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 48% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% 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 51 responses

  • 37% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 51 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.



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