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4 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere is great. Living in the mountains there are things to do all season long any where from snowboarding and skiing to mountain biking and hiking.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Banner Elk is a small and beautiful town. Lots of activities to do outside of campus! Visit Wildcat Lake, or go hiking on the Blue Ridge. Not to mention Grandfather Mtn is just 10 minutes away....

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The townsfolk of Banner Elk are the kindest, sweetest people I've ever met its almost as if the town and everyone in it is a family, they'll get to know you real quick due to the small size and just about every month or s the town has an event that everyone at the college can participate in, and it just fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Town Living – Banner Elk is about as small a town as you can get, but the people who live here are usually very friendly. There are not a lot of shops in Banner Elk, but there are definitely lots of outdoor opportunities and the surrounding area is beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Banner Elk, NC is very small but its history over theyear make it very interesting. I enjoy going on a hike up the mountain or going to Wildcat Lake. Its not too far from App State in Boone.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 13 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 14 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 79% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 14% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 31% 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 13 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.


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