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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small town with plenty to do if you are adventurous and like the outdoors. Penn State and State college are a 30 minute drive away - so there's a quick getaway for weekends if you have friends there and a place to stay.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Huntingdon is a small town with not much to do. Fortunately, the campus puts on many events. If you are will to drive a half hour in any direction you will find yourself in places like Altoona, and State College with a lot to do. We like to describe Juniata as being in the middle of nowhere as well as being in the center of everything.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Huntingdon is pretty small, but it's quaint and beautiful, and my friends and I can often find something to do.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Huntingdon is a very small town. There is no bus nor train to go to a different city. Most students own a car and they drive to State College to hang out with friends. There is an Amtrak station if you want to go on a trip during break, but there's only one train per day. There are some bars in town and students go there to have fun. Underage cannot even enter those bars. There are also some nice coffee shop and restaurant, too, but the options are limited.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not much to do, but it is still nice


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If Huntingdon shares one—and only one—quality with New York City, it's this: After you live there a while, not much will surprise you. Whether it's flooding from a hurricane or having a town-wide trash and treasure hunt in the streets, Huntingdon has a personality all its own, and students and residents alike get used to the beauties and the oddities it willingly and often provides. Love it or hate it, the town has atmosphere. But students' reactions to this atmosphere differ. While Juniata wouldn't be Juniata without Huntingdon, that doesn't mean students don't get claustrophobic sometimes. Huntingdon has many charms, but it also has its drawbacks. The town is somewhat economically depressed and rather isolated, and it's small, small, small. However, students can usually get what they need from Giant or the various shops around town.

Some of Huntingdon's perks are that it's safe, friendly, and full of home-owned stores, including "specialty shops" and a few cozy, character-laden diners and restaurants. Route 22 has fast food and clothing stores, and students make Sheetz a regular pit stop. Few find the town's smallness oppressive enough to leave. Instead, most adjust to the rural surroundings and learn to spot the treasures of small-town life. Huntingdon has a lot of character and friendly residents; if you have a sense of humor (and a car), odds are you'll learn to love it.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Herbie," the star of the 1969 movie "The Love Bug," can be found at the Swigart Museum, three miles east of Huntingdon.
  2. Juniata hosted one of the largest Monopoly games ever played. The board was laid out on the streets and sidewalks of Huntingdon and Juniata. Players cast huge foam dice from the third floor of a building and were informed of their moves via walkie-talkie and messengers on bicycles.
  3. Raystown Lake is a central, not-quite-natural highlight of the area. The lake is manmade and located less than half an hour from campus. Students go there not only to relax, but also to work and research at the College's new field station.
  4. The Peace Chapel, a popular walking destination for students and residents, was designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It has both a public and private area, and is meant to evoke the different aspects of spirituality for people of any faith. The Peace Chapel is used for everything from personal meditation and worship to weddings and College and community events.
  5. Downtown Huntingdon is home to all sorts of unique shops and restaurants that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. There's a tree that literally grows in the middle of Africa Street, with the town paved around it. There's also the Standing Stone monument downtown, a reminder of the area's Native American heritage.
Local Slang
  • Needs fixed; Needs washed: It's typical Central Pennsylvania-ese to leave out the verb "to be."
  • Redd up: To clean up a room; make ready
Points of Interest
  • The cliffs
  • Hawn’s Overlook
  • Indian Caverns
  • Lincoln Caverns
  • The Peace Chapel
  • Raystown Lake
  • The Standing Stone
Shopping Centers
Logan Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Clifton 5
717 Washington St.
(814) 643-3310
Major Sports Teams
Altoona Curve: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Philadelphia: : 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
In 2009, Budget Travel Magazine named Huntingdon as the "Coolest Small Town in Pennsylvania" and no. 5 on its list of "Coolest Small Towns in America."

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 36 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 37 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 62% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 35% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 37 responses

  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% 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 37 responses

  • 5% Totally.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 57% No way.


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