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5 College Freshman

Local Area: There are many restaurants and places to shop

3 College Freshman

Local Area: We're about half an hour away from Philadelphia. Glassboro itself is not the most interesting town, but the surrounding towns, like Philadelphia and Deptford, have shopping, professional sports, cultural events, and an array of not-school-related things for people to do.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Glassboro isn't a bad city to live in. It's a nice college/small town.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Deptford has a lot of shopping but you need to drive to get there

3 College Junior

Local Area: Although they are building up the campus and adding places for parents to stay which is a nice feature for the students, the town is quaint .


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If you crave lots of stuff to do and love to dance the night away, you might find yourself by yourself—and that’s the truth. Unfortunately, Rowan doesn’t have too much of a nightlife, which the University does a good job of inadvertently highlighting through its Rowan After Hours (RAH) program—various events are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until 1 a.m. in the Student Center. It's great that the school offers stuff to do on the weekends, but the fact that on-campus programs are regularaly held during the prime party times at other colleges says something. If you are looking for a movie to compare the local atmosphere with, you’ll have to look beyond movies like “Road Trip” and turn your attention to “The Hours”—a movie about angst and sheer boredom. But don't let the lack of a spirited local atmosphere stop you from having fun—just don't expect to have it in Glassboro.

Unless you want to enjoy peace and quiet at all times or you want to sit in on a festive city of Glassboro board meeting (supposedly, the parking ordinance conversations can get pretty lively), then don’t expect much from the city. Luckily, Rowan has detached from the depressing Glassboro environment, and there is a lot to do on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Glassboro has a history of manufacturing glass, hence the city's name. It was originally called, "Glass Works in the Woods."
  2. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held a summit in Glassboro in 1967. The summit was held on Rowan's campus (then called Glassboro State College). They met in Glassboro because it was equal distance between NYC and Washington, DC, where each of the leaders originally wanted to meet.
  3. The town has a family swimming pool.
  4. Ronald Reagan spoke at the Glassboro High School graduation in1986. He was the first sitting president to speak at a high school commencement.
Local Slang
  • The Borough: Glassboro
  • Crown: Crown Fried Chicken in Glassboro
Points of Interest
Heritage Glass Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Cherry Hill Mall
  • Deptford Mall
  • Moorestown Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
2121 Route 38
Cherry Hill
(856) 486-7420
Movie Theaters
Regal Cross Keys Cinema 12
151 American Blvd.
(800) 326-3264 ext. 265
Movie Theaters
United Artists Washington Township
121 Tuckahoe Rd.
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: NBA
  • Philadelphia Eagles: NFL
  • Philadelphia Flyers: NHL
  • Philadelphia Phillies: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlantic City: NJ: 45 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 66 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 67 responses

  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 25% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 48% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 67 responses

  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 34% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 66 responses

  • 11% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% No way.



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