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Local Area: The campus is plainly beautiful.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Atlanta is a great city to be in, especially as so many new stores are opening.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area is great.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Atlanta is amazing! The food, nightlife, and many things to do in the city makes getting off campus really refreshing. Obviously parking and safety are an issue in such a big city, but it can be dealt with.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I have not been in downtown Atlanta too often but I believe that it is a very nice thing to be this close to the city


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Atlanta retains its rich historical feel, while at the same time creating a modern metropolis. Four years of college may not be enough to explore and experience all that Atlanta has to offer. There is so much to do in Buckhead, Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands, Midtown, and other neighborhoods, and each of these places are no more than a 20-minute drive away. One is sure to find an excellent meal and night out on the town in these areas, as they are full of a wide variety of excellent restaurants and bars.

One day you can visit Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, and the next day you can enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest. Piedmont Park and the Botanical Gardens are also beautiful places to visit during the fall and spring seasons when the weather is nice. Also, Atlanta is home to professional baseball, basketball, football, and hockey, teams, so there are games to attend year-round. There are tons of other places to visit as well, such as the High Museum of Art, Stone Mountain (for those who enjoy hiking), and The Underground for shopping enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it is hard to experience all that Atlanta has to offer without a car, so you will have to wait at least a year to have one because Emory does not allow freshmen to have cars on-campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Atlanta is one of the most rapidly growing U.S. cities.
  2. Atlanta is the second-highest major U.S. city in terms of altitude.
  3. Atlanta was burned down during the Civil War.
  4. Atlanta was home to the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  5. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport is the busiest in the nation.
Notable Natives
  • The Black Crowes
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Evander Holyfield
  • Bobby Jones
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Spike Lee
  • Chilli and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (from TLC)
  • Ludacris
  • John Mayer
  • Monica
  • Brittany Murphy
  • John Portman
  • Outkast
  • Ted Turner
  • Usher
Local Slang
  • ATL: Short for Atlanta, a very common abbreviation
  • Shorty: A girl, or someone younger than the person speaking
Points of Interest
  • Atlantic Station
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • CNN Center
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • High Museum of Art
  • Little Five Points
  • Virginia Highland
  • The World of Coca-Cola
  • Zoo Atlanta
Shopping Centers
  • Lenox Square Mall
  • Perimeter Mall
  • Phipps Plaza Mall
  • Toco Hills Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Phipps Plaza 14
3500 Peachtree Road NE
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16
261 19th St. NW
(404) 347-9894
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Falcons: NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
  • Atlanta Thrashers: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Athens, Ga.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Birmingham, Ala.: : 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Nashville: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Tallahassee, Fla.: : 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 83 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 84 responses

  • 63% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 85 responses

  • 52% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 45% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 85 responses

  • 38% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% No way.



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