Local Atmosphere

Atlanta, GA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,402 ($10,098)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I'm from a small town, and one of the reasons I came to Georgia Tech was because it was in the middle of Atlanta. The transportation in Atlanta is the best, but the metro can get me to most areas. Piedmont Park is 2 miles away from campus, but I thought this was a nice walk through midtown. There are a couple of concert venues around, like The Tabernacle and The Fox Theatre, so there is always something going on.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I come from a small town so the city is just full of possibilities and fun stuff to do.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Atlanta is a growing city, with a very young population and a lot of opportunities for creative people. Georgia Tech is located right in the heart of the city, and is a great place to attend college, and also enjoy city life. There is dining, shopping, parks, nearly anything you could want nearby. There are local sports teams that are sometimes decent, and there is a good bit of cultural diversity inside the city. The largest problem with Georgia Tech is that it is not located in the safest area. On campus is safe, but off-campus grows dangerous very quickly.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sometimes there is the issue of safety in the Midtown Atlanta, but overall I love living in the city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you want to do something, you will find it in or near Atlanta. There is always something to do. The only things Atlanta needs to be perfect is a better art culture and a closer and better beach.


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Mahssa Mostajabi
Alpharetta, GA
Science, Technology, and Culture
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Georgia Tech is in the heart of midtown Atlanta, which provides a very urban environment for students. Along with all of the amenities and luxuries that Atlanta’s city life provides, there are also drawbacks, as is the case with any city. For example, city life in general can sometimes be dangerous. However, Atlanta is an exciting city with a vibrant local music scene, which has helped produce the likes of John Mayer and Collective Soul; four major league sports teams; and several attractions. Atlanta is the biggest and fastest-growing city in the Southeast, and students will always have access to a wealth of options for entertainment.

In addition to benefiting from a vibrant social scene, Georgia Tech’s learning environment is enhanced by the presence of a well-integrated community of other universities and colleges. The libraries at Georgia State University, Emory University, and the University of Georgia work in tandem with Georgia Tech’s, and provide students at all schools within the University System of Georgia with a wide variety of research tools and resources.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Atlanta was home to the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  2. Atlanta is host to well over 16.5 million visitors each year.
  3. Atlanta has been one of the most rapidly growing U.S. cities since 1990.
  4. There are approximately 55 streets with the name "Peachtree" in Georgia.
  5. Atlanta was burned down by General William Tecumseh Sherman during the Civil War.
  6. Atlanta has 130 retail centers and 54 public parks, and the city is home to the 14th-largest mall in the nation, The Mall of Georgia.
Notable Natives
  • Hank Aaron
  • Erykah Badu
  • The Black Crowes
  • Stephen Dorff
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Evander Holyfield
  • Bobby Jones
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Spike Lee
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez
  • Ludacris
  • John Mayer
  • Monica
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Outkast
  • John Portman
  • Ted Turner
  • Usher
  • Hosea Williams
Local Slang
  • ATL: Short for Atlanta; a very common abbreviation
  • HOPE: The HOPE scholarship for in-state students
  • The Perimeter: The interstate the surrounds Metro Atlanta
Points of Interest
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • CNN Center
  • Coca-Cola Museum
  • Fernbank Museum
  • Fox Theatre
  • High Museum of Art
  • Lake Lanier Islands & Water Park
  • Piedmont Park
  • Shakespeare's Tavern
  • Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Zoo Atlanta
Shopping Centers
  • Atlantic Station
  • Lenox Square Mall
  • Phipps Plaza
Movie Theaters
Cinefest Film Theatre
66 Courtland St.
(404) 651-3565
Movie Theaters
Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr.
(678) 495-1424
Movie Theaters
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16
261 19th St. NW
(404) 347-9889
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: baseball
  • Atlanta Falcons: football
  • Atlanta Hawks: basketball
  • Atlanta Thrashers: hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Destin: FL: 7 hours
  • Nashville: TN: 4 hours
  • Savannah: GA: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 76 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 75 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 95% 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 75 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 64% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 71% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% Totally.



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