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Local Area


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5 College Student

Local Area: The town is in very close proximity to the campus and transportation is easily accessible.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: The options for shopping, dining and, other normal things are somewhat limited.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Ellensburg is a small town, so be prepared for that. There are a lot of good food places to eat at downtown and lots of neat little shops to go in.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Since it is a small town there are no cabs or professional sports teams, but the natural beauty is amazing. Lots of outdoor recreation and plenty of things to do on campus to keep you entertained.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The local atmosphere is a charming small town of Ellensburg. It reminds me a lot of the area that I had come from (Portland/Vancouver) and it really helped with the transition. The university is always helping students find activities to do around town, there is always something to do if you really look. The university is fairly close, particularly in the halls. The atmosphere is really warm and I couldn't love this school more. The local schools in town do a lot on campus, and there are plenty of volunteer activities for the university students to participate in. There is a lot of interaction between the university and the town, it is quite lovely. I feel at home.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 66 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 66 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 61% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 9% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 66 responses

  • 11% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 3% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 86% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 65 responses

  • 6% Totally.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 51% No way.


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