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3 College Junior

Local Area: The area is very busy but it can be really enjoyable

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: If you come from a small town like most students here than you will find Greensboro to be a bit overwhelming in the things you can do. On the other hand, people from a major city will find Greensboro very boring. The clubs are okay and are far from adult fun. There are mostly just grown men trying to relive their youth with college students. Of course, you have your kids who turn up but cant turn down. The legal age is 18 to get in a club in NC I should mention. NCAT has a great transit system though.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Have not really been off of campus much to explore the local area, but it is pretty good so far.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The area offers lots of museums and area attractions. Lots of cultural events and activities are often going on in the area. The area is full of shopping centers and outlets that are closely accessible. Many places offer student discounts and welcome college kids.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I like the fact that its always something to do. I wouldn't say its so safe

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Greensboro is one of the largest college towns in the state of North Carolina. North Carolina A&T shares the city with six other colleges and universities, each varying in size. These institutions include Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Guilford College, and Guilford Technical Community College. There are museums, bowling alleys, skating rinks, local shops around town, city-wide events all year long, and even a Celebration Station. Transportation around Greensboro poses little to no problem for college students. Free transportation is available for NC A&T students through the use of their Aggie One card to popular places, such as the Four Seasons Mall and movie theater, Walmart, the downtown area, and even to other universities. Throughout Greensboro, there are three major shopping areas: Four Seasons Mall, the Shops at Friendly Center, the Battleground Avenue shopping area, and the local shops on Elm Street. Most of these shopping centers are home to movie theaters, restaurants, and large department stores.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city was spelled "Greensborough" until 1895.
  2. Greensboro was the capital of North Carolina for a brief time in 1865.
  3. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is at the former location of Woolworth's, where four A&T students staged a sit-in at the whites-only counter and helped to spark the civil rights movement.
  4. The metropolitan area of "The Triad" includes the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
  5. Some companies with headquarters in Greensboro include Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks of North America, and Lorillard Tobacco Company.
Notable Natives
  • O. Henry – writer, best known for short story, "The Gift of the Magi"
  • Edward R. Murrow – news anchor
  • Ron Perelman – billionaire businessman
  • Millard Powers – member of the Counting Crows
Points of Interest
  • Celebration Station
  • Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum
  • Natural Science Center of Greensboro
  • Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Shopping Centers
  • Battleground Avenue
  • Elm Street
  • Four Seasons Mall
  • Shops at Friendly Center
Movie Theaters
Carousel Luxury Cinemas
1305 Battleground Ave.
Greensboro
(336) 230-1620
Major Sports Teams
Greensboro Grasshoppers: Minor-league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
This "college town" is made up of seven very reputable institutions of higher learning. They include Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 108 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 108 responses

  • 35% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 45% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 108 responses

  • 96% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 4% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 107 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 66% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% No way.

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