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3 College Junior

Local Area: I really love my school the Philadelphia Center. Since it a small campus, you get to know a lot more people. The faculty and staff feel like family. I'm very happy and grateful about that

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Small town around, not that much to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: its far enough away from reading, that it doesn't cause much problem

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3 College Senior

Local Area: I am from the area so I do not think it is really anything special because I have lived here my whole life. I do know that people enjoy going to the pagoda, shopping, and going to blue marsh.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Reading is an interesting place. While driving up the main strip (Lancaster Ave.) it may seem like nothing special, just a place that has what you need like a CVS, Giant, gas stations, fast food, etc. But if you go into the city, it is really very nice (in certain parts). There is the library and goggleworks and the park, and enough pretty curches and interesting buildings. It is a nice sight to see, and it's really close to campus. Other than the city, there is Wyomissing, which has neat little shops and nice places to eat, along with interesting architecture as well. There is much more to the area if you go out and explore, rather than passing by the main drag to get to school.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 24 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 26 responses

  • 15% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 23% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 50% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 25 responses

  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 44% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 8% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% Totally.
  • 60% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% No way.


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