Campus Community: City vs. College Town

Despite grassy plazas and dining halls that serve as campus hubs for city students, Morgan Fortier still notices a lack of a coherent “community” at Fordham and blames the school’s urban setting for the student disconnect. According to a review conducted by Fordham’s Admissions, approximately half of Fordham’s full-time undergraduate students are commuters. Unlike students at Ohio University who move “off-campus” but still remain relatively close, students at Fordham move all over Manhattan — as much as an hour-long subway ride away from each other.

Northeastern University doesn’t have that problem, John Paul Thottam, a senior at studying biochemistry, said. He believes his school has mastered the art of creating a campus community despite the college’s Boston setting. Thottam said Northeastern’s campus layout filled with old, stone buildings and nice landscaping provides that “typical campus feel” that brings students together in the middle of a metropolitan area.

In college towns, students don’t have to look far to get a sense of community.

“There’s an Ohio University spirit throughout Athens,” Andrew Dolan said. “It’s cool to see the town community and the college community come together.”

Rob Hoyt, an Ohio University junior majoring in international business and accounting, also enjoys Athens’ quintessential college town atmosphere.

“Everywhere you look in Athens, someone’s wearing an OU t-shirt or are on their way to an event on campus,” Hoyt said. “The community is incredibly relaxed and friendly, which are character traits that are sometimes hard to find in people in the bigger cities.”

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