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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Cleveland is definitely a city, so it has everything. Cleveland is also a bit small, so everything is convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Depending where you go, the surrounding area is either good or bad.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: My biggest grief with Cleveland is that barely anything is open late. Other than that everything else is fine.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Cleveland is continuously evolving which is very nice. Theres a lot of construction going on to make it more friendly and student oriented.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Alright. At least public transportation isn't an issue.

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Students note other academic institutions playing a minor role in the local atmosphere, but students tend to venture most often to Coventry, the traditional local college town and to other local hubs of entertainment in the city (the Flats club district). The local atmosphere on and around campus varies depending upon which direction you go, and dramatically so. Students usually see the less wealthy neighborhoods as highly dangerous and rumors are abundant regarding the bad things that can happen once you “set foot past” certain streets. The ‘better’ areas literally border these neighborhoods; the contrast of local atmospheres is remarkable.

The campus itself and the outlying areas are jammed with cultural institutions. Northeast of campus is not a very safe place and there are not many student attractions located there. Southeast of campus are wealthier neighborhoods of Cleveland Heights, Little Italy and Coventry. If you travel 20 or so minutes West, you hit downtown Cleveland, more museums, arenas, shopping and dining. Southwest for about thirty minutes takes you to Cuyahoga National Park and plenty of outdoor possibilities. North is the lake, the beach, and more fun outdoor possibilities—though, it is not advisable to swim in the lake due to high coliform count warnings during most of the year. In the warmer months free festivals and concerts abound. In general, not all activities and attractions in Cleveland are easily accessible, but if students devote a little effort to exploring the city, they won’t be disappointed.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Cleveland is named for Moses Cleaveland. In 1831, a newspaper editor shortened the spelling in order to fit the name in the newspaper's masthead.
  2. Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined the term "Rock and Roll" in 1952.
  3. Greater Cleveland is a prime location for major motion pictures. Numerous movies have been filmed in Cleveland, including The Deer Hunter, A Christmas Story, Light of Day, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Major League, Shawshank Redemption, Men In Black, Air Force One, Proximity, and Welcome to Collinwood.
  4. Carl Stokes is elected the mayor of Cleveland in 1967, becoming the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.
  5. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Notable Natives
  • Halle Berry
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
  • Drew Carey
  • Tracy Chapman
  • James A. Garfield
  • Charles Goodyear
  • Arsenio Hall
  • Bob Hope
  • Toni Morrison
  • Paul Newman
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • The Wright Brothers
Local Slang
  • C-Town: Cleveland
  • Dawg Pound: Rowdy seats behind the endzone at the Browns Stadium
  • The Flats: the nightlife district in downtown Cleveland
  • Great Lakes: Lake Erie, also a local brewery
  • The Jake: Jacobs Field, where the Indians play
  • Mistake on the Lake: Say this here and you might get punched in the nose
  • PD: Cleveland's newspaper, the Plain Dealer
  • POC: Pride of Cleveland, also the former brand name of a beer
Points of Interest
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Jacobs Field
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Severance Hall (Cleveland Orchestra)
Shopping Centers
  • Beachwood Place
  • Severance Town Center
  • Tower City
  • West Side Market
Movie Theaters
Case Film Society
Strosacker Auditorium
Case Quad
(216) 368-2463
Movie Theaters
Cedar Lee Theatre
2163 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Heights
(216) 321-5411
Movie Theaters
Cleveland Cinematheque
11141 East Blvd.
North Side
(216) 421-7450
Movie Theaters
Madstone Centrum
2781 Euclid Heights Blvd.
(216) 320-1194
Movie Theaters
Tower City Cinemas
50 Public Sq.
(216) 621-1172
Major Sports Teams
  • Cleveland Browns: football
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: basketball
  • Cleveland Indians: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: IL: 7 hours
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 88 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 88 responses

  • 56% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 41% 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 89 responses

  • 28% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 64% 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 88 responses

  • 18% Totally.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.


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