Local Atmosphere

Edinburg, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$13,589 ($5,165)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: You can always find something to do in the area around campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I live in the small town and Mercedes where there's not much sightseeing and when i travel to Edingburg there's a lot more diversity and a lot more places to choose from. I never get tired of any places because unlike Mercedes, they have more than ten places to eat at. I can eat Italian one day to Asian the next and trying frozen yogurt for a treat. They have an array of places to shop and a lot of local businesses of people who were once students at UTPA. Edinburgh is very lively and friendly. The conversations with people that you might not know become welcoming and inviting. I like that UTPA is very opened and not judgmental to the way someone expresses themselves; wether through the music they listen to, the clothing they wear, or the way they wear their makeup for example. In Mercedes, it is very quiet, people just stare at you and when you try to be nice and communatative, it become awkward when their is that odd moment of silence.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is great. Campus is close to many cities so there's always something to do every weekend.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: there is many things to do on and off campus, also UTPA hosts events like HESTEC, Carnival of the great pumpkin and other events for the community and they are really fun

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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have grown up here, and I have met many people that come for a visit and they end up moving down here. It is a beautiful place, but I want to experience the world!


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 79 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 80 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 31% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 18% 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 80 responses

  • 42% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 25% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 79 responses

  • 24% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.


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