Local Atmosphere

Atlanta, GA
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is average. A lot of cool scenery and good weather!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love my hometown, so of course nothing can compare.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Spelman College is located in the worst neighborhood. The people who live in the West End are VERY unfriendly (and to be honest, a little scary). Atlanta requires a car to get around so if you don't you're kind of out of luck. The "mall" by the college is an embarrassment. If you safely make it into downtown Atlanta and all the surrounding cities, there are a million and one things to do.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The school is located in what looks like the hood. It is very ghetto looking. Althought there are a lot of fast food resturants around, there also are groceries stores nearby that the students can accessid they need to but food.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I don't go out much; so it's not really bothersome that the city isn't more like D.C. or New York. Things close really early in Atlanta. They do have thrift shops in the city which are cute but they are really expensive. They have only two good malls buts they're very far away if you take the MARTA. There isn't much to do in general. Concerts are fun though.


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Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Atlanta, lovingly known as HotLanta, is one of the fastest growing cities in the South. Attending Spelman College provides an opportunity to experience the small community setting nestled within the gates, as well a chance to venture out and explore all that Atlanta has to offer. Spelman is just a short walk from MARTA, Atlanta's public transportation system. Hop on, and you will find some shopping malls and restaurants, but you will notice relatively quickly that, in this sprawling city, you really can't get around without a car. Atlanta plays host to many conferences and festival events. The National Black Arts Festival, Music Midtown, and most recently the VIBE Music Festival are three of the events that help make Atlanta a cultural hub. With more movies being shot in the city, celebrity sightings are picking up. History is big in Atlanta, and you will see historical markers throughout the city commemorating everything form the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. You'll find the people in Atlanta to be friendly and inviting. Nothing beats Southern hospitality, and there is enough to go around in this town. Many people agree that "no one in Atlanta is from Atlanta." While Atlanta attracts many bright students, entrepreneurs and families, it also, like any large city, has a criminal element. Be careful, and watch out for con artists. When buying from street vendors in the city, a bargain may be easy to find, but the name brand on the bag may be covering up a fake.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Georgia is known as the Peach State, and Atlanta is often referred to as "the ATL," "Hot-Lanta," and "A-Town."
  2. The 1995 Olympics were held in Atlanta. As a result, Centennial Park was created. This is a nice area to visit in the summer and serves as the venue for many open-air concerts and festivals.
  3. Atlanta is the home to the state-of-the art Georgia Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in the world, with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water.
  4. Restaurants have become the newest places to see and be seen in Atlanta. With hundreds of spots that range from fine dining to burgers and fries, you won't run out of options, but you'll have to watch your weight!
  5. Movies such The Gospel, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Gone With the Wind, and Remember the Titans were shot in Atlanta. Filmmaker Spike Lee shot much of School Days in and around the Atlanta University Center and included many Spelman students in the film.
Notable Natives
  • Ciara
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Gladys Knight
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • John Mayer
  • Julia Roberts
  • Bow Wow
  • Ludacris
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Maynard Jackson
  • Outkast (Big Boi, Andre 3000)
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • TI
  • Ted Turner
  • Usher
Local Slang
  • Bounce: To leave
  • Coke: What Atlantans call any carbonated, brown, soft drink
  • Crunk: Southern term for energized, pumped, or excited
  • Shawty: The word "shorty" with a Southern drawl; you might hear this as you walk around the town from men trying to get your attention. Advice-keep on moving!
Points of Interest
  • Fernbank Museum
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • High Museum of Art
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Zoo Atlanta
Shopping Centers
  • Atlantic Station
  • Cumberland Mall
  • Discover Mills
  • Greenbriar Mall
  • Inman Park
  • Lenox Square Mall
  • Little Five Points
  • The Mall West End
  • North DeKalb Mall
  • Perimeter Mall
  • Underground Atlanta
Movie Theaters
AMC Theatres Phipps Plaza 14
3500 Peachtree Rd. NE
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Cinefest Film Theatre
66 Courtland St., Georgia State University
(404) 413-1798
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Atlantic Stadium 16
371 17th St.
(404) 347-9889
Movie Theaters
Starlight Six Drive-In
2000 Moreland Ave. SE
(404) 627-5786
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: baseball
  • Atlanta Falcons: football
  • Atlanta Hawks: basketball
  • Atlanta Thrashers: hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Charlotte: NC: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 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 45 responses

  • 4% Painfully remote.
  • 13% 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.
  • 82% 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 44 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 100% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 18% No way.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 45% Totally.
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