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4 College Senior

Local Area: Danville is beautiful, safe, and cheap. There aren't many museums or bars, but what exists is high-quality. For nightlife, I love the Beer Engine! Wish the food was more ethnically diverse, but . . . it's Kentucky. We are way meaner to the "townies" than they ever are to us. Most people seem to like Centre kids just fine.

For sports and shopping, consider Lexington, which is about a 45 minute drive. A lot of kids will get together and go to a UK basketball game or spend the day at the Fayette Mall.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Not much surrounding Centre; very rarely is there a reason to leave campus with the exception of going out to eat or to Walmart.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Danville is a beautiful place - with all four seasons, its transformation over the course of a year is a wonderful thing to behold (I'm pretty sure one major publication recently ranked it as the #1 small town in the US). With that being said most of my recreational activities outside of class pertained to hunting and fishing so it had lots to offer. Lots of people cycled the country 2-lane roads or went to some of the local parks. However this community is best understood and appreciated by an outdoor enthusiast.

Aside from that - as I've made mention in other comments - Danville is located centrally in KY with the KY Central wildlife refuge 30 min away. Also, lexington KY is 35 min drive north from campus and Louisville KY is 1 hour northwest from campus - completing a perfect triangle. This makes having a car a huge plus for students. They can enjoy the tranquility of Danville which helps with the work load of academic life, while being able to escape on the weekends, etc. to the nearby "metropolises"

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Danville is a sleepy little town. The only entertaining part is the campus itself.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Danville is definitely a small town, but Centre compensates by providing entertainment on weekends. I suggest offering trips to nearby places: cities, hiking locations, etc. on weekends.


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Driving through Danville takes a total of about four minutes. The town is pretty laid-back and caters more toward the community than the College, which can make for some interesting late nights at the Huddle House. In regards to large cultural events or institutions, Centre is about it, but the town does have a few cheap eats, some coffeehouses, and a Super Wal-Mart, which make it worth venturing off campus, but don't expect anything too exciting. Check out the Constitution Square Festival in September for a taste of kitschy history and local flair, try Shaker Town, a 20-minute drive from campus, for some of Kentucky's finest pioneer heritage, and head to the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge for short day hikes, 10 minutes from town.

True to the town's Southern heritage, locals are friendly and helpful, which can be refreshing after a day in the big city. The downtown area is a nice walk during good weather and boasts a long-standing history with even older buildings. With Lexington a moderate drive away, the small-town vibe never becomes too unbearable, and the slow pace actually encourages doing homework. Overall, Danville is unpretentious, clean, and small; although even going to the mall involves a 45-minute drive.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Time magazine featured Danville as one of the most successful small towns in America.
  2. The prestigious Kentucky School for the Deaf, the first state school for the deaf, is located in downtown Danville.
  3. There is an old train station that still runs through Danville.
  4. Danville is called the "Birthplace of the Bluegrass."
  5. Danville had the first post office in the West.
Notable Natives
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Kit Carson
  • George Clooney
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Johnny Depp
  • Ashley Judd
  • Naomi Judd
  • Wyonna Judd
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Loretta Lynn
  • John Michael Montgomery
  • Joan Osborne
  • Pee Wee Reese
Local Slang
  • Boss: Cool
  • Coke: This can be any type of soda beverage; even Pepsi is called a coke.
  • Drop Trou: To take off one's pants, generally to use the bathroom
  • Go on a Run: To drive to the nearest wet county for alcohol
  • Northside: The dorms that are located across the street from the main section of campus i.e. Pearl, old bookstore
  • The old quad: Group of dorms located by Young and Olin
  • Reckon: To assume or think something
  • Running the Flame: Doing naked laps around the "Flame" statue in the middle of campus
  • Yerkes: Cheek/Evans, Acheson/Caldwell
Points of Interest
  • Armed Forces Day Annual Military Parade
  • Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
  • Danville Heritage Festival
  • Great American Brass Band Festival
  • Horse Races at Keeneland
  • Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
  • Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Shaker Village
Shopping Centers
Fayette Mall in Lexington
Movie Theaters
Danville Cinema 8
1001 Ben-Ali Dr.
(859) 238-4181
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Lexington: KY: 1 hour
  • Louisville: KY: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 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

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 100% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% 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 20 responses

  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 25% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% No way.
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