Erie natives share why Edinboro wasn’t for them

Category:  News
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:56 PM
Erie natives share why Edinboro wasn’t for them by Dakota Palmer
Graphic: Shelby Kirk

Fourteen schools are housed in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), with Edinboro University being the closest to Erie, Pennsylvania.

In this second part of The Spectator’s multi-week look into Edinboro’s financial, academic and enrollment standing, we focus on how students from around the Erie and Edinboro areas chose other state schools over Edinboro.

Slippery Rock University junior Emma Verdecchia said she chose to go to Slippery Rock because she wanted to be out of Erie, but she didn’t want to attend college too far from home. Slippery Rock, only about 90 minutes from her house, was the farthest she wanted to travel.

“To be honest, I didn’t consider Edinboro. I knew I wanted to do physical therapy, and Edinboro doesn’t have a program for that,” said Verdecchia.

She continued: “If I could choose a college again, I probably wouldn’t pick Slippery Rock. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice school, but I don’t fit there.”

Imarii Anderson, a junior at Clarion University, said she didn’t want to go to college within the Erie area “simply because I’ve lived in Erie my whole life.”

“I wanted to experience new things in a new environment, and I believed Edinboro couldn’t provide me with those kinds of opportunities because I thought it would feel like a second Erie,” said Anderson.

Anderson added she chose Clarion specifically because it wasn’t in the Erie area and was more affordable in comparison to the other schools that she was accepted to. She did not apply to Edinboro; however, when she looked into transferring schools during her second semester of college, she considered Edinboro.

“If I could do it all over again, I probably would not choose Clarion because I think there are other university atmospheres that would have worked better for me,” said Anderson. “While I cannot say I love Clarion all the time, I am happy there and appreciate the experiences it has allowed me to have.”

Caitlin Strasser is a freshman at Mansfield University and shares the same sentiment as both Verdecchia and Anderson: she wanted to go to college away from Erie after living there for 18 years. She also wanted a campus where she didn’t know many people and would get a chance to start over.

“When visiting Mansfield, I just really fell in love with the campus and they have a really great psychology department. The school is also an affiliate with LECOM where I plan on attending after I complete my undergraduate studies,” said Strasser.

She didn’t consider Edinboro because she wanted to get a “real college experience.”

She continued: “I would choose to go to Mansfield again because I love the environment and the professors. It’s a small campus, and everyone knows everyone. The professors are so dedicated to the students and I love it.”

Dakota Palmer is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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