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3 College Junior

Local Area: There are a few cute little shops in the downtown area and a lot of antique buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Living on campus of Mary Baldwin College is alright for me personally. I am not much a party animal because my classes are more important to me. I am also a cadet in the Virginia Women's institute for Leadership and that is a very demanding lifestyle to live in. The community is very supportive of my college and consistently are involved in many activities that we put on for the students on campus. We are involved with community events throughout the school year and we look to engage ourselves in anything that we can to make our area a better place to live in. Safety has become a heightened precaution in the area due to crimes committed around town but on campus there isn't too much to worry about. Shopping is seldom done in the little town of Staunton unless you are headed to the local Walmart or Martins. When you want to shop you have to travel 30 minutes to either Harrisonburg or Charlottesville.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Its in a small artisan town, so nice but can be expensive.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Staunton is full of historical culture.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: Its in the middle of no where.

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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 31 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 30 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 13% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 27% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 30 responses

  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 13% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 50% No way.


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