Local Atmosphere

Collegeville, PA
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I don't go out into the "town" much, because it's basically just a college town - the college, the colleges mainstreet houses, and them behind them a bunch of neighborhood houses. Some of the professors live in the nearby neighborhood, so I've been to a few of their houses, but I wouldn't call that nightlife.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ursinus is located in a town, but we don't know many of the people who actually live there. The next town over is apparently more of a college town then Collegeville.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ursinus is in the heart of Collegeville. This is perfect for me since I come from the small town of Boyertown. Collegeville is a small town but the people and close places are what makes it what it is. Since it is a small town, everyone knows everyone which creates the wonderful atmosphere that is engulfed in each Ursinus student.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Collegeville is very comfortable, small, and homey. There are a couple restaurants in walking distance. If you do not own a car, things may become very redundant.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's always something going on in Collegeville and, as per my experience, the people in the area are very nice. I'd rather live there than my home city for sure, because the people in my college's town are much nicer and it's much safer too. You can go to Wawa at three or four in the morning and not have to worry about a thing; in Philadelphia, if you're not home by dark, then you have to worry about your well-being, constantly.

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As one can probably guess from its name, Collegeville is your typical college town, but much of the Ursinus experience occurs on campus. While it is often easy to become stifled by this sort of atmosphere, it fits the College and its students perfectly. Campus is constantly buzzing with some sort of activity, whether sponsored by the sports teams, campus clubs, or Greek life. On weekends, most students, Greeks and non-Greeks alike, will attend parties at frat houses and top their night off with a short walk off campus to Wawa for a soda and hoagie before returning to their dorm rooms.

But life does not end outside campus lines. The bustling metropolis of downtown Philadelphia is a short 25 miles from campus, and it can easily be accessed by public transportation. Students looking for a vacation from Collegeville without venturing into Philly can head to King of Prussia Mall—also known as "The East Coast Premier Shopping Destination"—which is a short 10 miles from campus. It is much more than a mall and has more than 400 stores and restaurants perfectly placed to take your mind off of organic chemistry, if only for a few hours.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Until the 1980s, no building in Philadelphia was to be built taller than the brim of William Penn's hat on his statue atop City Hall.
  2. Can't get to Philly? Check out these movies that take place in the city: Birdy, The Blob, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, Fighting Back, The In Crowd, Mannequin, National Treasure, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Story, Rocky, Trading Places, Twelve Monkeys, and Witness.
  3. The cheesesteak sandwich was invented in Philadelphia.
  4. The last freight train passed through Collegeville in 1976.
Notable Natives
  • The Bloodhound Gang – rock band
  • CM Punk – WWE World Heavyweight Champion
  • Elin Hilderbrand – romance novelist
  • Horace Ashenfelter – winner of the steeplechase at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Jennifer Carfagno – host of "First Outlook" on The Weather Channel
Local Slang
  • "Dahn na sure": "Down to the shore."
  • "Jeet yet?" "No, jew?": "Did you eat yet?" No, did you?"
  • Ack-a-me: Acme, a supermarket chain
  • The Iggles: The Eagles, Philly's football team
  • Wawa: A convenience store, otherwise known as Mecca to Ursinisians
Points of Interest
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Country
  • Perkiomen Creek
  • Perkiomen Trail
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
Shopping Centers
King of Prussia Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24
180 Mill Rd.
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
United Artists
300 Goddard Blvd.
King of Prussia
(610) 337-0282
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: NBA
  • Philadelphia Eagles: NFL
  • Philadelphia Flyers: NHL
  • Philadelphia Phillies: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 2 hours
  • Philadelphia: PA: 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 16 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 20 responses

  • 15% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 65% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% 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 17 responses

  • 65% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 24% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 38% No way.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% Totally.


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