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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its a nice town but it's truly a college town. Being from the city that's where I want to live. It's too rural here for me.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I'm a picky eater, but if Pizza is your thing then you're in luck. We have multiple pizza shops, and only a few other selections for dining out unless you want to drive to Pittsburgh or Grove City.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: not very much to do in slippery rock youd have to travel to butler or grove city but is a nice town to go to school in.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is Moraine State Park and McConnell's Mill Park located very close to campus. There are multiple restaurants in town and the Grove City Outlets are a couple miles up the road from SRU. Many options available for whatever you want to do. No obvious aversion to students by shop owners or citizens of Slippery Rock.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not terrible if you go to the outlets or the city, but that is only if you have a car or a nice friend with a car.


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Slippery Rock is a quaint, rural town that thrives off the University’s presence. The town is a harmonious patchwork of college students and townies. In town, where Sheetz is usually the biggest attraction, there is little to do in the way of entertainment. If students want to catch a movie or do some serious shopping, they must drive to the adjacent towns of Grove City and Butler. However, campus offers many programs during the week, including art exhibits, plays, movies, and other late-night events.

When night falls, the parties get started, and the bars become animated with SRU’s finest. Though many complain that the town is small, quiet, and boring, others argue that with so many students in one place, there is always something going on. You can check out the University Calendar online to see a list of all the events planned for the upcoming weeks.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Slippery Rock was a dry town-no booze allowed-for more than 210 years, until 2001 when the town council passed an ordinance permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  2. Slippery Rock Creek is a favorite for whitewater kayakers and canoeists from Pittsburgh and Ohio. With Class-II and
  3. Class-III rapids and engaging beauty, it attracts regular paddlers from novice to advanced level.
  4. The first written record of the Slippery Rock area is from George Washington and Christopher Gist, who in 1753 made their trip to Fort Le Boeuf, the French Fort in nearby Venango County.
  5. A study by the SRU meteorology depatment found that Slippery Rock annually receives only about 17 percent of sunlight! (Not very fun, but a fact, nonetheless.)
  6. The series of rocks going down the walkway by Weisenfluh Dining Hall is supposed to represent the passage of students during their time at SRU. The first rock, the freshman rock, is really rough, the next ones in the series get increasingly smooth, until the last: a highly polished specimen.
Notable Natives
  • Stan Dziedzic - won a bronze medal in wrestling during the 1976 Montreal Olympics
  • Anne Morrow - granddaughter of SRU's first president, James E. Morrow, who later married the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh
Local Slang
  • Pop: Any carbonated beverage
  • Rock Falls: A rustic area, off of Route 108 South, where students hang out, drink, and swim
  • Straub's: Straub's Beer Distributor-the only beer distributor in town and the recipient of many late-night student beer runs
Points of Interest
  • Clearview Mall
  • The Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Grove City Prime Outlets
  • Martha Gault Art Gallery
  • McConnells Mills State Park
  • Moraine State Park
  • Slippery Rock Creek
  • Youngstown
Shopping Centers
  • Clearview Mall
  • Prime Outlets
Movie Theaters
Clearview Mall Cinemas
1521 N Main St. Ext.
(724) 283-3884
Movie Theaters
Pioneer Drive in Theatres
1985 N Main St. Ext.
(724) 285-3850
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Moraine Pointe
300 Moraine Pointe Plz.
(724) 282-0800
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: hockey
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: baseball
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 64 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 66 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 68% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 17% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 66 responses

  • 24% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 53% 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 66 responses

  • 5% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 45% No way.



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