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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Milledgeville isn't the biggest city or anything but there's still a good bit to do.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: I would never live here. If the college wasn't here, there would be nothing worth seeing. The locals tolerate us, and there is no school price once you leave downtown. The museums are nice, and the parks are nice, but I did not choose this college because of the local culture.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: While Milledgeville is historic, the community around is pretty poor. There are areas that are unsafe and petty crimes are common. While the campus and campus housings are safe, the rest of the community would not be ideal to live in.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The college atmosphere is inviting.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's beautiful, but traveling is a necessity in order to attend special events.


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Although Milledgeville is a small town, students find plenty to keep them occupied. The variety of unique restaurants and bars downtown gives students a cozy environment for hanging out with friends. Some Milledgeville area events include Andalusia Farm self-guided tours (which was a source of many of Flannery O'Connor's works), the Deep Roots Festival, and haunted trolley tours around Halloween. Milledgeville is known as "The First Lady of Georgia" because for a time (around the Civil War), it was the capital of the state. 

In Milledgeville, most everyone walks everywhere, so you are almost guaranteed to run in to people you know. However, in terms of town amenities, an update to the movie theater and bowling alley would be appreciated by residents. Milledgeville is definitely a small town with a close-knit vibe. On the weekends, especially during football season, many students like to visit the University of Georgia campus since it is so close to GCSU.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. GCSU was chartered in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College. Its emphasis at the time was largely vocational, and its major task was to prepare young women for teaching or industrial careers.
  2. Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia for more than 60 years.
Notable Natives
Flannery O'Connor - short story writer
Points of Interest
  • Andalusia (Flannery O'Connor's farm)
  • Bartram Forest
  • Georgia's Old Capital Museum
  • John Marlor Art Center
  • Lake Sinclair
  • Lockerly Arboretum
  • Museum District
  • Old Governor's Mansion
Shopping Centers
  • Milledgeville Mall
  • Walmart
Movie Theaters
Carmike 6 Cinemas
2400 N. Columbia St.
(478) 453-8386
Major Sports Teams
Georgia Bulldogs: College football (University of Georgia)
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Augusta, Ga.: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
Did You Know?
Since Macon is only 45 minutes away, students can frequently enjoy the shopping and dining attractions there.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 60 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 59 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 76% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% 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 59 responses

  • 39% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 53% No way.


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