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Local Area


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3 College Senior

Local Area: While there is generally not much in the way of attractions in nearby cities like Madison Heights or Amherst, the local atmosphere is very much like your average small towns- strangers tend to be polite, you're more likely to run into someone you know while in town, that sort of thing. There are some good food places, stores, and malls further in Lynchburg, though, which can lead to good day or evening out with friends. Certain parts of Lynchburg are directly under Liberty University's nose, though, but it's the same as if you were visiting any other college-town, like the University of Virginia and Charlottesville. Locals are pretty friendly towards students, and there are usually some pretty good student discounts at local restaurants.

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: You are basically living in the middle of nowhere, but if you're into that, this place is perfect.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere surrounding Sweet Briar is pretty much non-exsisting

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: Sweet Briar is in the middle of nowhere. Lynchburg is about 30 miles away but it is actually quite a haul for a quick night out for dinner on a night when you have an exam the next day. There are only two restaurants close to the school and you get tired of them very quickly.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: There is nothing out here but mountains and Sheetz.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 28 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.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 37% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 53% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 29 responses

  • 76% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 14% 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 29 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 28% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 59% No way.


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