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About the Area

Kentucky MapThe Lindsey Wilson College campus is located on 78 partially wooded acres on a hill-top in Columbia, which is in south-central Kentucky. It is a region synonymous with outdoor recreation, camping, boating and hiking. Lindsey Wilson is near several major tourist attractions that include Green River Lake, Lake Cumberland (one of the largest man-made lakes in the world), Mammoth Cave (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), and Cumberland Falls which is Kentucky's highest waterfall and the only spot in the Western Hemisphere that produces a "moon bow."

Mammoth Cave Lake Orientation
International students-Inside Mammoth Cave Green River Lake (International Student Orientation)


The small town of Columbia is the county seat of Adair County and has a population of roughly 4,500. The local community members are very friendly and informal. This provides students the appealing safety and charm of small town living. It is still within approximately a two hour drive to larger cities such as Bowling Green, Louisville or Lexington, KY and Nashville, Tennessee. Columbia offers students a variety of shops, restaurants and churches within safe walking distance from campus.


About living in Columbia, Kentucky


Columbia is a typical small rural town in America's South Eastern region. Shopping opportunities are limited (there are no close malls), but it is easy to travel by car to one of the nearby cities to shop. Every semester, the International Student Programs staff, take international students for shopping excursions to large malls in Bowling Green, Louisville, Lexington and Nashville. Local shops and grocery stores are within walking distance from campus. Taxis are available with a fee. There is no free public transportation with the exception of a shuttle bus provided by the College to take students to the local Wal-Mart Super Center at least twice a day.


All international students eat at the award-winning Robert D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center. The dining center's menu reflects some local cuisine and some foods from Italian, Mexican, and Asian menus that have been incorporated into the American diet. Most portions are large, and they are usually less spicy than most countries' foods. International students usually report that the dining center has a larger amount of fried and processed foods than they are accustomed to, and that American students eat fewer fresh fruits and vegetables.

Seasons and Climate

South Central Kentucky experiences four distinctive seasons. The average winter temperature ranges from a daily low of about 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius) to a daily high of about 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius). It sometimes snows, and local schools are occasionally closed due to snow. If you arrive in August, plan for hot, humid weather until late September. All residence halls and on-campus apartments have heating and air conditioning.

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