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Local Area: Atlanta is a great city to be a college student in.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Downtown Decatur is the best. It is just five minutes away from Atlanta and there is always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Decatur is a very fun place to go study and have fun

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Decatur is small and Marta is very accessible.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There are plenty of places for people to eat, shop, and hang out in Decatur. The locals of Decatur like Agnes Scott students quite a bit -- the minute you tell them that you're from Agnes, you generally get an understanding smile, and a compliment about the school. People love ASC!


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Agnes is hidden away by trees and beautiful lawns, but it's within walking distance from the wonderful town of Decatur. Decatur is a great place with interesting restaurants and shops that are five to 10 minutes away by walking. The town is accommodating to college students in the sense that there are plenty of places at which to study, hang out, or eat. Agnes is also a 10-minute drive or train ride from Atlanta, so there's always plenty to do in regards to shopping, spending time in Piedmont Park, going to the High Museum, or catching a movie. Most people at Agnes will go off campus at night, especially on the weekends. If an Agnes woman isn't spending her free time studying, then she's most likely in Decatur or Atlanta.

Decatur and DeKalb County are places where there are mixed safety concerns, depending on the area. The city of Decatur itself is extremely safe, but the extremities of the city aren't as safe, so traveling alone isn't always the best idea. Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and Emory are relatively close to Agnes, but in order to get to any of these other places, you'll have to take a bus, train, or car. There are always opportunities to go to other campuses, be the reason academic or purely recreational.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Decatur Fire Department has an 80-year-old fire truck.
  2. Decatur is named after Stephen Decatur, an American naval hero who defeated the Barbary pirates.
  3. Decatur has eight parks. The acreage of these parks combined is the equivalent of 43 football fields.
  4. Decatur hosts the Decatur Arts Festival and the AJC Decatur Book Festival yearly.
Notable Natives
  • B.o.B. - rapper, producer
  • Mark David Chapman - murdered John Lennon
  • Rebecca Latimer Felton - first female U.S. senator
  • Gucci Mane - rapper
  • Michael Stipe - lead singer of R.E.M.
  • Gwen Torrence - Olympic champion in women's 200 meters
  • YC - rapper
Points of Interest
  • Atlanta Cyclorama
  • Chattahoochee River
  • Eddie's Attic
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • High Museum of Art
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • World of Coca-Cola
Shopping Centers
  • Arbor Place
  • Atlantic Station
  • Edgewood Retail District
  • Lenox Square
  • North Dekalb Mall
  • Perimeter Mall
Movie Theaters
Big Cinemas
2801 Candler Road
(404) 243-3605
Movie Theaters
Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
(404) 873-1939
Movie Theaters
UA Tara Cinemas 4
2345 Cheshire Bridge Road
(404) 634-5661
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Falcons: NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Atlanta: : 20 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Atlanta hosted the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996.
  • Atlanta was destroyed by William Tecumseh Sherman during the Civil War. It is the only city in North America, including Canada, that has been destroyed by fire as an act of war.
  • Author Margaret Mitchell, who wrote "Gone with the Wind," has a house located in Atlanta, and it's now a museum.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 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 39 responses

  • 54% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 21% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 38 responses

  • 84% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 13% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 50% Totally.
  • 35% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.



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