Local Atmosphere

Alliance, OH
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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is absolutely nothing to do off campus unless you drive half an hour into Canton.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Though there is not much to do close to the campus there are plenty of things to do if you're not afraid of driving a little.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I'm not a huge fan of Alliance.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is really small and quiet especially if you do not have a car.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It really doesn't have much around it, but Canton and Akron are not that much of a drive.

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Stephanie Monsanty
Doylestown, OH
English Literature & History
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Alliance, Ohio isn't exactly what you'd call a college town, but it's not a bad place to live for a few years. Alliance is a small city of about twenty-five thousand people, and students say that it gives off a small-town vibe. The city gets high marks for scenery and safety (although there are a few rough parts of town to avoid), and the locals are friendly and are often Mount Union fans. Other schools like Walsh and Malone Universities are nearby, and there is some interaction among the institutions. Although it may not be as exciting as other places, there's a certain charm and friendliness about Alliance that students appreciate.

The worst thing about Alliance is that there's not much to keep students within the city limits. Shopping and nightlife are limited, and transportation can be difficult without a car. There is a cheap movie theater, a bowling alley, and a decent selection of restaurants, but not much else. Students recommend making the drive to Canton or Akron for better nightlife and shopping, or heading up to Cleveland to catch a sporting event or concert. There are things to do around Alliance, but the majority of Mount students wishes there were more in the city itself. Many feel that Alliance offers a unique college experience, but most don't plan to stick around after graduation, unless a great job offer comes along.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Alliance was founded in 1854 when three villages (Williamsport, Freedom, and Liberty) merged together. The village of Mount Union became part of Alliance in 1888.
  2. Alliance's nickname is the "Carnation City" because Dr. Levi Lamborn began cultivating scarlet carnations there in 1886, which eventually became the state flower of Ohio. The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival is held each year in August in honor of the flower.
  3. The Alliance Community Hospital is the city's largest employer.
Notable Natives
  • Charles Armstrong - virologist
  • Len Dawson - professional football player
  • Alan Funk - professional wrestler
  • Pierre Garcon - professional football player
  • Peri King - actor
  • Yuri Lowenthal - voice actor
  • Don Panoz - entrepreneur
  • Ivan Sag - linguist
Points of Interest
  • Canton Classic Car Museum
  • Glamorgan Castle
  • Haines House
  • Harry London Quality Chocolates
  • Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market
  • Hoover Historical Center
  • Mabel Hartzell Museum
  • McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
Shopping Centers
  • Belden Village Mall
  • Carnation Mall
  • The Strip
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Carnation Cinema 5
2500 W. State St.
(330) 823-7329
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 10
6284 Dressler Rd. NW
North Canton
(330) 497-9118
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
4720 Mega St. NW
North Canton
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
Akron Aeros: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Akron: OH: 45 minutes
  • Canton: OH: 30 minutes
  • Cleveland: OH: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Columbus: OH: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 73 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

  • 18% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 41% 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.
  • 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 51 responses

  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 55% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 56% No way.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 6% Totally.



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