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Local Area


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1 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Galesburg is a very poor town with nothing to do. The locals have a very bad relationship with the students (this goes both ways, students never do anything for the town and the townspeople will heckle students).

3 College Senior

Local Area: Its a small town. Its has improved over theyears and I would stay if I had a well paying job.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I like the town of Galesburg; there are nice parks and enough attractions to keep one occupied. It's not a cultural mecca but considering it's a country town it does alright. The Carl Sandburg Home is here, and a railroad museum. There's Discovery Depot for kids (many students volunteer here) and the Orpheum to see theatre. On the far north of town there's a movie theatre; you'll need a friend with a car to take you unless you bike well. Lake Storey is pretty and has camping; Knox also gives students access to Green Oaks for camping; it's out of town though. Shopping is limited, there's a Target and a mall but it's not full of options. Some of my suite mates would take trips to Peoria to shop there. The Quad Cities also attract a lot of bigger concerts and shows. Most of Galesburg is safe; there are some sketchy patches to the west of campus. But I feel safe here. With a good job I could see myself here. I've heard reports that townies aren't always nice but I think that's not true because every person I've told about Knox has been incredibly supportive. Though I do volunteer work and work in the public schools. The key to a good town/student relationship is getting out of the so-called "Knox bubble".

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Only public transportation is few small buses which only come once in every 30 min. Life is hard without a car. Few restarents are in walking distance, but crappy. Only shooping place for girls is walmart, target, or thrift shop. Oh yeah, and Amazon.com. I wouldn't have survived without it. They have old but quite decent thratre in downtown.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I do not leave campus very much. The town is small


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 22 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 21 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 10% 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.
  • 19% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 59% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 64% No way.
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