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1 College Student

Local Area: There really isn't a city to begin with. It's as old as the people here, so it's not really a place for college kids which is why I definitely wouldn't want to live here when I get older.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The area around mercer is very dangerous. It is a ghetto and I lock my doors as soon as I leave campus.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Macon is an okay town but there's not a whole lot to do without driving 30+ minutes to get away. Downtown has some nice restaurants, but for shopping you should go somewhere else.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: I really feel like theres not much to do and that the public transportation isn't accessible enough to travel around the city.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Atlanta has a lot to offer from gay/lesbian, to authentic Asian restaurants, Mediterranean festivals, African American festivals, Eastern cultural festivals, Hispanics, European, and more. Mercer is Number one in recognizing local official of diverse backgrounds whom has played a major roll in the turn of history events to date. You will never know who would show up on Mercer's campus from President Jimmy Carter to David Christian.

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Mercer University is located in Macon, one of the largest metropolitan areas of Georgia. Although Macon is home to four colleges—Mercer University, Macon State College, Wesleyan College, and Central Georgia Technical College—it does not possess an extraordinary “college town” feel. There is a perceptible divide between Mercer students and the Macon community. Though efforts to unify the two separate communities and create a more amiable and profitable atmosphere have progressed in recent years, there remains sentiments of disconnect. About a quarter of Macon’s population is below the poverty line, and crime tends to be higher in Macon than in other areas of Georgia. Rundown and rather unsafe-looking neighborhoods are literally right around the corner from Mercer’s pristine campus.

Still, there are plenty of locations to enjoy around the Macon community, particularly in the popular downtown area. Students frequent the local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops of downtown, in addition to The Shoppes at River Crossing (also known as the “new mall”). Businesses generally welcome the students, and some accept Mercer students’ Bear Card as a form of payment. Bars occasionally host college nights, and there are also local events and festivals held in Macon every year, which students commonly attend. The first Friday of every month is an extremely popular event enjoyed by all—downtown comes to life with art, live music, and entertainment on these “First Fridays.”

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Two members of the Allman Brothers are interred in Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery.
  2. The Tubman African American Museum is the largest African American museum in Georgia.
  3. The copper dome of the Macon City Auditorium is said to be the largest in the world.
  4. Wesleyan College was the first college to be chartered for women.
  5. Macon City Hall was the temporary Georgia state capitol in 1864.
Notable Natives
  • The Allman Brothers - rock group
  • Jason Aldean - country singer
  • Otis Redding - soul singer
  • Little Richard - singer
Local Slang
  • The Bird: Nickname for The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom
  • IVP: Nickname for Ingleside Village Pizza
  • Maconite: Macon native
  • Rook or The Rook: Nicknames for The Rookery restaurant
  • Sketch: A person or area that appears or feels unsafe
Points of Interest
  • Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • Golden Bough Bookstore
  • The Grand Opera House
  • Hay House
  • The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom
  • Macon Arts Exchange
  • Mercer Village
  • Ocmulgee National Monument
  • The Rookery
Shopping Centers
  • Macon Mall
  • Presidential Parkway Shopping Center
  • The Shoppes at River Crossing
Movie Theaters
AmStar Cinema
5996 Zebulon Rd.
Macon
(478) 474-3484
Movie Theaters
Cox Capitol Theatre
382 2nd St.
Macon
(478) 257-6391
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Dream: WNBA
  • Atlanta Falcons: NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
  • Atlanta Thrashers: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: Ga.: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Savannah: Ga.: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

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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 62 responses

  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 24% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 62 responses

  • 26% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 16% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 62 responses

  • 23% Totally.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.

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