Local Atmosphere

Atlanta, GA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,874 ($9,664)
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A lot to do in the area and many attractions.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Traffic can be a pain, as can parking at times, but it's city living, what do you expect.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Campus police are everywhere so I've never felt unsafe. GA Tech is not that far from us and I know that a bunch of people from there hand out with our people sometimes. Centinniel Park and the aquarium and the high museum are so close to campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's lots of city life. Always something going on and something fun to do.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Turner Field! CNN! GA Aquarium! Who wouldn't love it?!


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Megan Urry
Franklin, New Jersey
English, Journalism
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Atlanta can be intimidating for kids that don't venture into the city very often, but there are so many neighborhoods and personalities that students are bound to find scenes that satisfy their interests. There are multiple concert and performing arts venues, as well as some of the city's and state's largest parks and shopping centers, all within walking distance of campus. The area is very accepting of the student crowd, and with so many different cultural, political, and ethnic groups, it's almost impossible not to find an area to be comfortable in. The campus itself is entwined with the city structures and landmarks that surround it, and students generally learn to embrace its unique urban features sooner rather than later.

While there are typically lots of events happening on campus (in large part due to the high number of student organizations), most students go outside of the University for entertainment. There are a ton of bars, restaurants, clubs, shows, galleries, and museums to go to and see that aren't affiliated with the school, and they're all too close to pass up. There are also several other colleges only minutes away from Georgia State, most notably the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. Georgia State students are constantly going to these campuses for social events—and vice versa.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Atlanta was the host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Centennial Olympic Park was built specifically for the games and is only a 10-minute walk from Georgia State.
  2. The famous soft drink Coca Cola was developed in Atlanta in the late 1800s by John Pemberton and is still being produced today in their "World of Coca Cola" headquarters in Atlanta.
  3. There are more than 55 Atlanta street names with the word "Peachtree" in it.
  4. Atlanta is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States behind Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.
  5. Atlanta's Peachtree Road Race, held every July 4, is the largest 10-kilometer race in the world.
Notable Natives
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • T.I.
  • Ted Turner
  • Usher
Local Slang
  • Downtown connector: where the city's two major Interstates, I-285 and I-85, meet
  • Inside/outside the perimeter: directions in reference to Interstate 285, which encircles the city
  • L5P: Little Five Points
  • Ponce: Ponce de Leon Avenue
Points of Interest
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • CNN Center
  • Fernbank Science Center
  • Fox Theatre
  • Georgia Dome
  • Little Five Points
  • Philips Arena
  • Piedmont Park
  • State Capitol Building
  • The Tabernacle
  • Underground Atlanta
Shopping Centers
  • Atlantic Station
  • Lenox Square Mall
  • Underground Atlanta
Movie Theaters
Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema
931 Monroe Dr. NE
Atlanta (Downtown)
(678) 495-1424
Movie Theaters
Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta (Downtown)
(404) 873-1939
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Atlantic Stadium 16
371 17th St.
Atlanta (Midtown)
(404) 347-9889
Movie Theaters
Starlight 6 Drive-In
2000 Moreland Ave. SE
(404) 627-5786
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Dream : WNBA
  • Atlanta Falcons : NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
  • Atlanta Silverbacks: United Soccer League
  • Atlanta Thrashers : NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Columbia: SC: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Tallahassee: FL: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 216 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 209 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 8% 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.
  • 91% 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 209 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 72% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 209 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 43% Totally.



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