Local Atmosphere

Milledgeville, GA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,082 ($8,618)
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is a small town, but it is comfortable and peaceful. I am a small-town type of person, so it fits just fine. There a plenty of places to go and things to do- bowling, skating, shopping, restaurants, clubs, etc.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: the campus feel is great at gscu, besides milledgveille not being my favorite, i love the people here, and the overall attitude of the school. everyone here is so welcoming, and really make you feel a part of the school.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is exactly like an early and smaller Athens which is fantastic! However it is strange that there are two colleges within a 10 mile radius and I have maybe met a handful from both.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Milledgeville is a small town. There is nothing to do outside of campus except small local events.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Milledgeville may not look like much, but there's a certain sense of community that's attractive.

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Laura Thomas
Canton, GA
Business Management
Grad Year
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Although Milledgeville is a small town, students find plenty to keep them occupied. The variety of unique restaurants and bars downtown gives students a cozy environment for hanging out with friends. Some Milledgeville area events include Andalusia Farm self-guided tours (which was a source of many of Flannery O'Connor's works), the Deep Roots Festival, and haunted trolley tours around Halloween. Milledgeville is known as "The First Lady of Georgia" because for a time (around the Civil War), it was the capital of the state. 

In Milledgeville, most everyone walks everywhere, so you are almost guaranteed to run in to people you know. However, in terms of town amenities, an update to the movie theater and bowling alley would be appreciated by residents. Milledgeville is definitely a small town with a close-knit vibe. On the weekends, especially during football season, many students like to visit the University of Georgia campus since it is so close to GCSU.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. GCSU was chartered in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College. Its emphasis at the time was largely vocational, and its major task was to prepare young women for teaching or industrial careers.
  2. Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia for more than 60 years.
Notable Natives
Flannery O'Connor - short story writer
Points of Interest
  • Andalusia (Flannery O'Connor's farm)
  • Bartram Forest
  • Georgia's Old Capital Museum
  • John Marlor Art Center
  • Lake Sinclair
  • Lockerly Arboretum
  • Museum District
  • Old Governor's Mansion
Shopping Centers
  • Milledgeville Mall
  • Walmart
Movie Theaters
Carmike 6 Cinemas
2400 N. Columbia St.
(478) 453-8386
Major Sports Teams
Georgia Bulldogs: College football (University of Georgia)
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Augusta, Ga.: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
Did You Know?
Since Macon is only 45 minutes away, students can frequently enjoy the shopping and dining attractions there.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 42 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 44 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 84% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 43 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 44% No way.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.


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