Local Atmosphere

Stevenson, MD
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College Student

Local Atmosphere: I'm enrolled for the Fall of 2014. I would have no idea what the local atmosphere is like.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Me being from Maryland i already know what goes on here in this city. Its not really city its more like a rural area and we are kind of away from some things but there is always stuff to do in Maryland.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school was once a commuter school and still holds onto some of its old ties. Travel is a must however the school does a good job of providing for its students in this sense

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: there are colleges near campus but they are about a 20 minute drive. You have to know someone there in order to go and have fun.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There aren't any attractions near campus and on weekends a school shuttle takes people to grocery stores and to the metro to go tot he city. Almost every restaurant imaginable is within a ten minutes drive, but aside form the regular chain stores there isn't anywhere fun to shop.


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Christine Ivory
Poolesville, Md.
English Language and Literature
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The atmosphere around the two campuses is quiet for the most part, but it's a short drive from the city of Baltimore, where there is always something happening. The University is also within 30 minutes of several other schools. The closest schools are Goucher College, Towson University, the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, the Community College of Baltimore County, and Baltimore City Community College. Stevenson University primarily interacts with students from the University of Maryland–Baltimore County and Towson University. The schools have no significant rivalries and often work together to provide services such as inter-school library book loans.

The University is surrounded with lots of places to see and things to do. Every chain imaginable is within a five-minute car ride from the Owings Mills campus. And yet, there are also many escapes into nature available, including a reservoir and several hiking trails in the area. From the city atmosphere to the serene state parks, Stevenson University is near anything a student could want. The area is generally safe, especially near the Greensping Campus, which is nestled in the woods. There are no areas to avoid around campus, although students are always advised to use common sense in Baltimore.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded the school at "Seven Oaks," an 80-acre estate in Greenspring Valley. None of the original seven oak trees remain.
  2. The school was originally named Villa Julie College. When the school changed the name, other potential names included Billiart University, Greenspring University, and Tufton University.
  3. The Caves Sports and Wellness center was formerly the training facility for the Baltimore Ravens.
  4. Actress Kimberly Brooks (Judging Amy, Shark Tale, Huff) attended this school.
  5. The Sisters of Notre Dame are now located next to the Greenspring Campus in buildings that used to be teaching facilities for the school.
Local Slang
  • Arn: Iron
  • Arnge: Orange
  • Ballmore: Baltimore
  • Hon/Hun: Honey, Sweetheart
  • Ignint: Ignorant
  • Warsh: Wash
  • Wudder: Water
Points of Interest
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Baltimore's Inner Harbor
  • Glow Golf Arena
  • Liberty Reservoir
  • The Putting Zone
  • Recher Theatre
  • Towson Town Center
  • The Walters Art Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Greenspring Shopping Center
  • Owings Mills Mall
  • Reisterstown Road Plaza
  • The Shops at Kenilworth
  • Towson Town Center
  • Valley Village Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Theatres - Valley Center 9
9616 Reisterstown Road
Owings Mills
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Theatres - Towson Commons 8
435 York Road
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Hunt Valley Stadium 12
11511 McCormick Road
(410) 329-9814
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Orioles : MLB
  • Baltimore Ravens: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: MD: 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Washington: D.C.: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 47 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 49 responses

  • 8% Painfully remote.
  • 24% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 24% 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.
  • 16% 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 48 responses

  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% Totally.


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