Local Atmosphere

Location
Macon, GA
Undergrads
443
Tuition
$19,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's many restaurants near by, there's a Wesleyan station. Also, downtown is extremely fun and there is a mall close too!

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Macon, GA is growing into a modern environment. Please do not beleive Macon is a ghost town. In similarity to other cities, Macon has two malls, movie theaters, many restaurants to visit, and great local events to attend.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local Attractions – There are plenty of local attractions near Wesleyan College. Macon, Georgia is often referred to as the "Song and Soul of the South". If you like music, explore the museum of music hall of fame. Check out the Big House Museum and explore where the Allman Brothers lived. Relive history and explore the Douglass Theatre where famous performing artists sang their music such as Little Richard, Ma Rainey and numerous other artists. In Macon, there is the Cherry Blossom Festival; it is only one of three that happen in the world. Check out the hot air balloons and festivities!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Quaint Small Town – The town is decent and does not have much crime. There various museums you can go to. They have an annual cherry blossom festival.They have two malls. The old mall and the new mall. The old mall usually said to be dangerous and barely has stores. The new mall is outside and nice looking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Macon is a moderately sized town that offers a variety of activities that students can do during the weekends and at night. Also the campus is so beautiful that you could spend so much time outdoors either studying on the "golf course" or by the lake or take a walk through the trail.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Francesca Landsman
Hometown
Marietta, GA
Major
Spanish
Grad Year
2013
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Macon's "Friday Fest," a weekly festival full of discounts and concerts, sets a general standard for the city and surrounding community. While the overall size of the city is smaller than Atlanta, it possesses a diverse and historical presence that greets visitors upon entry. Some areas of Macon are less desirable than others, but downtown offers a variety of activity for those willing to find it. Museums, bars, theaters, malls, parks, clubs, coffee shops, and movie theaters are tucked away on streets near and far from the College. Every March, Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the incredible, blossoming Yoshino cherry trees that are scattered around Macon. This event is a favorite among Wesleyan students, Maconites, and international visitors. Depending on the events in town and how heavy their coursework is, Wesleyan students tend to spend their free time on campus rather than in outside local areas.

The quality of nearby attractions varies. Museums, theaters, and festivals are always highly satisfactory, as well as events hosted by nearby schools. Mercer University is roughly a 15-minute drive from campus, and Macon State College is a 20- to 25-minute drive with traffic. In regards to safety concerns within the local community, it is unwise for any student to be anywhere alone in downtown Macon at night. Also, if students are at a club, they need to be wary about their drinks and not accept one from strangers. It is very easy for someone to slip a drug into an open bottle/cup when no one is looking.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Macon is home to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. There is an annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in the fall.
  2. With 300,000 cherry trees, Macon is known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World."
  3. There was only one architectural casualty in Macon during the Civil War: the Cannonball house. It was struck by a Union cannonball in 1864.
  4. Macon is home to the nation's third oldest municipal baseball park, Luther Williams Field.
  5. Macon's Capricorn Records was the birthplace of "Southern Rock."
Notable Natives
  • The Allman Brothers Band - rock band
  • Otis Redding - singer
  • Little Richard - singer, songwriter
Local Slang
  • Mactown: Nickname for Macon
  • Maypo: The Macon Police
  • Wartown: Nickname for Warner Robins
Points of Interest
  • Cannonball House
  • Cox Capitol Theatre
  • Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • Macon Little Theatre
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Ocmulgee National Monument
Shopping Centers
  • Macon Mall
  • The Shoppes at River Crossing
Movie Theaters
Amstar Stadium 16
5996 Zebulon Road
Macon
(478) 474-4443
Movie Theaters
Edge 14
245 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
Macon
(478) 477-8117
Major Sports Teams
Macon Blaze: Women's Basketball Association
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Columbus, Ga.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
  • Each fall, the Jazz Association of Macon hosts the Arts on Riverdale Jazz and Art Festival. During the festival, most of Riverside Drive is blocked off to offer a variety of jazz performances and local art vendors.
  • Every Saturday in Poplar Street Park, local artisans, merchants, and craftsmen set up booths and sell locally-grown plants, arts, baked goods, and more!

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 20 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 20% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 40% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% 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 21 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% Totally.

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