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Local Area


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3 College Junior

Local Area: Small town with limited activities

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Jacksonville is a small town, and there generally isn't a lot going on. There isn't a lot of shopping local, or a lot of student discounts.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local atmosphere is okay. There aren't many area attractions and you have to drive at least 10 to 15 minutes to get to the shopping areas.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is very good! I like going to JSU. There are plenty of activities to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: J'ville isn't that bustling. Sure, it's on a major highway (AL 204), but there is not much to do around here, especially at nights. The views are pretty at times though, especially from the top floor of the TWELVE-STORY campus library.

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Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Chris Clonts - guitarist for Christian rock band Decyfer Down
  • Harvey Jackson III - notable Alabama historian
  • John Pelham - Civil War Confederate officer
  • Neel Reid - early-twentieth century architect
  • Rick Bragg - Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Shopping Centers
  • Gadsden Mall (Gadsden)
  • Jacksonville Plaza Shopping Center
  • Pelham Plaza Shopping Center
  • Quintard Mall (Oxford)
Movie Theaters
Amstar Cinema 12
700 Quintard Drive
(256) 835-8869
Movie Theaters
Premier Cinema 16
1001 Rainbow Drive
(256) 547-3030
Movie Theaters
Starlite Drive-In
5819 Alabama Highway 202
(256) 741-1411
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Dream: WNBA
  • Atlanta Falcons: NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
  • Atlanta Silverbacks: North American Soccer League
  • Birmingham Barons: Minor-league baseball
  • Birmingham Sabers: Continental Basketball League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Birmingham, Ala.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 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

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 67% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% 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 43 responses

  • 26% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 53% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 12% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 35% No way.


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