Local Atmosphere

Carbondale, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$23,781 ($11,528)
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local atmosphere could be better, but it is okay.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Something about being in Carbondale feels like home. Living here gives me a sense of security.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are several shopping centers in town and the transit system allows the students to go around town without having to walk.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a small college town. Things to do around campus but other than that, there's not much.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We are located in the Shawnee Forest Park area. Not even 10 miles out and there are trials, camping, rock climbing, and a lake. There are several locally owned wineries to visit, tons of small shops in town, and shopping of every kind is possible with the University Mall. We are very close to several souther Illinois attractions. 1 hour north is Cedarhurst Center for the Arts where activities and events happen constantly, an hour south is Paducah Kentucky. An hour East is Indianapolis Indiana. There are several cultural events that happen on campus. The attitude of the locals toward the students are welcoming. They know that having a university in their town produces revenue for all the local businesses.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 77 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 77 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 26% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% 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 77 responses

  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 19% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 78 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% Totally.


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