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Local Area


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2 College Freshman

Local Area: This university is in the middle of the city. Its not much of a college town like most universities. It needs more places that appeal to the average college student.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: The immediate neighborhood is nothing to really tell your friends about, unless you feel like bashing a neighborhood. Its when you're traveling towards downtown or going towards the north side of Chicago that things really start to pick up.

3 College Senior

Local Area: The area around the school is not the safest but when your on campus you are safe. They have 24 hour security around and plus you can always catch the train downtown to have fun!

3 College Junior

Local Area: Chicago is a busy city, but Chicago State University (CSU) offers a rural and more relaxed atmosphere compare to the rest of the city. The attitude of the faculty is geared towards helping their students succeed. The shopping mall and stores in the area offer a good selection of stylish clothes to purchase, but is affordable. CSU does several events to make CSU does events to encourage student to mingle, have fun, and learn about all the clubs and background for the different ethnic groups. The sports building is really nice because their are different options for students to stay fit and work off stress and boredom through exercising programs. swimming, basketball and more.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: The scenery is very spacious and clean. They always make sure the campus is clean and the grass and trees are trimmed. The events that they have are always related to black culture, which I find very useful and educational. Also, the local attitude towards students is very welcoming. Everyone, (teachers, staff, graduates, and students) always greet each other along the way, even if they do not know each other. I find that very hospitable.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 43 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 43 responses

  • 79% 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.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 43 responses

  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 33% Totally.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.


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