Local Atmosphere

Greensboro, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$15,657 ($5,059)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small town, but largest in area so more attractions than nearby cities/towns.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love it, because there is always something going on off campus

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I have not been around Greensboro that much to figure out what is going on from time to time. As a young adult there are somethings I am personally interested in: the three story mall, the movies, trampoline world, and the coliseum. The places in the area are very welcoming to students such as churches and events happening in the city. Safety is not really a big issue because the cops be on top of their game. I have not seen so many cops come so fast to a place in my life since I moved to Greensboro.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Greensboro is a college based town!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Greensboro is the third largest city in NC and it provides a lot of attractions, history, and museums.


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Alaetra Chisholm
Charlotte, North Carolina
Journalism & Mass Communications: Multimedia Journalism
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Greensboro is one of the largest college towns in the state of North Carolina. North Carolina A&T shares the city with six other colleges and universities, each varying in size. These institutions include Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Guilford College, and Guilford Technical Community College. There are museums, bowling alleys, skating rinks, local shops around town, city-wide events all year long, and even a Celebration Station. Transportation around Greensboro poses little to no problem for college students. Free transportation is available for NC A&T students through the use of their Aggie One card to popular places, such as the Four Seasons Mall and movie theater, Walmart, the downtown area, and even to other universities. Throughout Greensboro, there are three major shopping areas: Four Seasons Mall, the Shops at Friendly Center, the Battleground Avenue shopping area, and the local shops on Elm Street. Most of these shopping centers are home to movie theaters, restaurants, and large department stores.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city was spelled "Greensborough" until 1895.
  2. Greensboro was the capital of North Carolina for a brief time in 1865.
  3. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is at the former location of Woolworth's, where four A&T students staged a sit-in at the whites-only counter and helped to spark the civil rights movement.
  4. The metropolitan area of "The Triad" includes the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
  5. Some companies with headquarters in Greensboro include Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks of North America, and Lorillard Tobacco Company.
Notable Natives
  • O. Henry – writer, best known for short story, "The Gift of the Magi"
  • Edward R. Murrow – news anchor
  • Ron Perelman – billionaire businessman
  • Millard Powers – member of the Counting Crows
Points of Interest
  • Celebration Station
  • Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum
  • Natural Science Center of Greensboro
  • Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Shopping Centers
  • Battleground Avenue
  • Elm Street
  • Four Seasons Mall
  • Shops at Friendly Center
Movie Theaters
Carousel Luxury Cinemas
1305 Battleground Ave.
(336) 230-1620
Major Sports Teams
Greensboro Grasshoppers: Minor-league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
This "college town" is made up of seven very reputable institutions of higher learning. They include Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 91 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 93 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 44% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 35% 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 92 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 4% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 96% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 92 responses

  • 22% No way.
  • 64% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% Totally.



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