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4 College Junior

Local Area: There are barely any attractions in the town. Most attractions are located in the cities and there are not a lot of activities in town so it is often boring when school is not in session. There is safety to a certain extent and depending on where you live. There are a lot of transportation so it is easy to visit places but you need a car to visit towns around. There are not a lot of trains to the city but you can still access the trains easily.

5 College Senior

Local Area: St. Cloud has many places to eat, shop, and be entertained. Most locals are friendly as long as you respect them and their property. There are many cultural events for students to attend.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I like how it's small and still busy.

4 College Senior

Local Area: I'd say St. Cloud's between great and okay. There are a lot of events that go on in town all year, but they aren't very well marketed to students, so student attendance is low. There isn't much for attractions besides Quarry Park and a few events in the summer time downtown and at Lake George and as far as sports go, the Huskies and Rox are about it, but are very fun events to go to and MSP/St. Paul is not far away to check out pro sports. Shopping is good with nice boutique shops downtown and Crossroads Center is a great mall for a town this size. People don't treat students any differently and are respected and even though it's gotten worse in the last few years, St. Cloud is still a pretty safe town.

3 College Senior

Local Area: While I was going to school in my early 20s it was great. I met lots of new people, took advantage of study abroad, and social clubs, studied in a field that interested me at the time, and met professors that gave me confidence. However, I've grown up here, attended all the local elementary and high schools, and find it to be extremely boring. I have lived in other places around the world now, and I would not want to live here. I'm in my late 20's, in graduate school, at the same university, but I can't wait to head out again. However, I wouldn't exclude the entire state of Minnesota as a future place to live. The people here are the nicest and most genuine you'll ever meet.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 50 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 51 responses

  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 37% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 10% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 25% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 50 responses

  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 51 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% No way.


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