Local Atmosphere

El Paso, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$17,814 ($7,214)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not many fun attractions and events to go to. Local attitude toward students is pretty good.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere of El Paso is pretty good. It's really calm during the day, and very fun later in the evening. There could be more attractions, but for a college student it suffices.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The city is not too small but there are not so many other attractions or activities besides clubbing and bars, unfortunately.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city life is very vague and honestly there is no school spirit!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in which my school is located is the best! Right on Mesa St. there are many bars that students could easy walk to on weekends for a night of fun. The prices are also very affordable. Not only is Mesa St. surrounded by fun bars that play good music, but there are also many restaurants to choose from. A few miles down are clubs and even museums. We have a beautiful art and Holocaust museum. The newest addition to our city has been a baseball stadium which looks amazing. The baseball stadium is a great place for everyone to just have a good time whether it is with friends or family.


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Kristopher Rivera
Clint, TX
Multimedia Journalism
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El Paso is an enjoyable experience, with just enough to keep residents entertained. The city prides itself in living a most enjoyable life, appreciating all of the little things that bigger cities either ignore or take for granted. Students should educate themselves on the history of El Paso, its rich culture, and everything it stands for. However, students should not just sit around and expect media advertisements to direct their paths in terms of activities. In El Paso, students have to dig for the fun, to seek and find an adventure. Students who surround themselves with a diverse group of people willing to try something new will eventually become familiar with the cultural gold mines of the area.

There is never a dull moment for those with ambition to create something new. Activities range on a wide scale from rural to urban. El Paso welcomes many performers throughout the year, including local performers at parks and theaters. Besides entertainment, students should travel a couple of miles into the rural landscapes to enjoy nature. There are several lakes to the north and south of El Paso where students can enjoy fishing. Plus, students can utilize the Franklin Mountains and hike up some trails. Truly, the opportunities are endless.

Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Sam Donaldson - former ABC journalist and reporter
  • Thomas Hayden Church - actor
  • Cormac McCarthy - novelist
  • Stevie Nicks - singer from Fleetwood Mac
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - retired associate justice of the Supreme Court
  • Debbie Reynolds - actress
Points of Interest
  • Abraham Chavez Theatre
  • Big Bend National Park
  • El Paso Museum of Archaeology
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • El Paso Museum of History
  • McKelligon Canyon
  • O.T. Bassett Tower
  • Plaza Theatre
  • Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Shopping Centers
  • Bassett Place
  • Origins Cielo Vista Mall
  • Sunland Park Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
Carmike 16
9840 Gateway Blvd. N
El Paso
(915) 751-6867
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Cielo Vista Mall 14
8401 Gateway West
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 2121
Movie Theaters
Cinemark El Paso
7440 Remcon Circle
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 1184
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD
11855 Gateway West
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 1142
Movie Theaters
El Paso Premiere Cinema 18
6101 Gateway West
El Paso
(915) 771-7900
Movie Theaters
Montwood Movies 7
2200 N. Yarborough
El Paso
(915) 591-4840
Movie Theaters
Starplex Cinemas East Pointe Movies 12
8300 Gateway East
El Paso
(915) 590-0280
Major Sports Teams
  • El Paso Brawlers: Far West Football League
  • El Paso Diablos: American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
  • El Paso Generals: Indoor Football League
  • El Paso Patriots: USL Premier Development League (soccer)
  • El Paso Rhinos: Western States Hockey League
  • Indios USA: National Premier Soccer League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Albuquerque: NM: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Tucson: AZ: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 111 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 109 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 36% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 31% 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 109 responses

  • 26% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 28% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 46% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 109 responses

  • 16% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% Totally.


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