Local Atmosphere

Slippery Rock, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$12,146 ($8,748)
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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love the area, wouldn't mind living here forever.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do in the local area except for the outlets!....which are great

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's safe and in the country area. There are things to do but you have to drive about 20 minutes if you want to do something more exciting and go shopping. Overall it is a really nice place and I enjoy it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The people are very kind and generous, though there is nothing to do around campus besides party. The town surrounding campus is cute and thrives off the university being here. Shopping isn't far, but if you don't have a car or know someone that does your college experience will be very poor.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town has a cute downtown area with much to offer. There are also outlet malls. The local area has many family oriented activities and college students are always welcome...ie, parades,festivals.


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Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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Slippery Rock is a quaint, rural town that thrives off the University’s presence. The town is a harmonious patchwork of college students and townies. In town, where Sheetz is usually the biggest attraction, there is little to do in the way of entertainment. If students want to catch a movie or do some serious shopping, they must drive to the adjacent towns of Grove City and Butler. However, campus offers many programs during the week, including art exhibits, plays, movies, and other late-night events.

When night falls, the parties get started, and the bars become animated with SRU’s finest. Though many complain that the town is small, quiet, and boring, others argue that with so many students in one place, there is always something going on. You can check out the University Calendar online to see a list of all the events planned for the upcoming weeks.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Slippery Rock was a dry town-no booze allowed-for more than 210 years, until 2001 when the town council passed an ordinance permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  2. Slippery Rock Creek is a favorite for whitewater kayakers and canoeists from Pittsburgh and Ohio. With Class-II and
  3. Class-III rapids and engaging beauty, it attracts regular paddlers from novice to advanced level.
  4. The first written record of the Slippery Rock area is from George Washington and Christopher Gist, who in 1753 made their trip to Fort Le Boeuf, the French Fort in nearby Venango County.
  5. A study by the SRU meteorology depatment found that Slippery Rock annually receives only about 17 percent of sunlight! (Not very fun, but a fact, nonetheless.)
  6. The series of rocks going down the walkway by Weisenfluh Dining Hall is supposed to represent the passage of students during their time at SRU. The first rock, the freshman rock, is really rough, the next ones in the series get increasingly smooth, until the last: a highly polished specimen.
Notable Natives
  • Stan Dziedzic - won a bronze medal in wrestling during the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • Anne Morrow - granddaughter of SRU's first president, James E. Morrow, who later married the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh
Local Slang
  • Pop: Any carbonated beverage
  • Rock Falls: A rustic area, off of Route 108 South, where students hang out, drink, and swim
  • Straub's: Straub's Beer Distributor-the only beer distributor in town and the recipient of many late-night student beer runs
Points of Interest
  • Clearview Mall
  • The Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Grove City Prime Outlets
  • Martha Gault Art Gallery
  • McConnells Mills State Park
  • Moraine State Park
  • Slippery Rock Creek
  • Youngstown
Shopping Centers
  • Clearview Mall
  • Prime Outlets
Movie Theaters
Clearview Mall Cinemas
1521 N Main St. Ext.
(724) 283-3884
Movie Theaters
Pioneer Drive in Theatres
1985 N Main St. Ext.
(724) 285-3850
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Moraine Pointe
300 Moraine Pointe Plz.
(724) 282-0800
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: hockey
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: baseball
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 56 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 56 responses

  • 20% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 64% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% 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 56 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 56 responses

  • 39% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 5% Totally.



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