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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a great art and music scene! If you're looking for a night out, down town is the way to go--especially for the coffee shops!

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I've lived near here my whole life so I know where people can go to have fun.

3 College Junior

Local Area: There are two malls, one mall is near the school and a movie theater is near the schools. Numerous bars and clubs. Not so safe in certain areas. Cost of living is low.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere here in Georgia at Wesleyan College is very pretty. I love the campus it makes you feel right at home.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Since we are in Georgia, mostly everyone has southern charm. There are a few different cultural events per year such as the Pan-African festival, Greek festival, Renaissance festival, and the lovely Bragg Jam, which includes a great array of fun mini concerts. There are two shopping malls and a few other places to shop.


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Macon's "Friday Fest," a weekly festival full of discounts and concerts, sets a general standard for the city and surrounding community. While the overall size of the city is smaller than Atlanta, it possesses a diverse and historical presence that greets visitors upon entry. Some areas of Macon are less desirable than others, but downtown offers a variety of activity for those willing to find it. Museums, bars, theaters, malls, parks, clubs, coffee shops, and movie theaters are tucked away on streets near and far from the College. Every March, Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the incredible, blossoming Yoshino cherry trees that are scattered around Macon. This event is a favorite among Wesleyan students, Maconites, and international visitors. Depending on the events in town and how heavy their coursework is, Wesleyan students tend to spend their free time on campus rather than in outside local areas.

The quality of nearby attractions varies. Museums, theaters, and festivals are always highly satisfactory, as well as events hosted by nearby schools. Mercer University is roughly a 15-minute drive from campus, and Macon State College is a 20- to 25-minute drive with traffic. In regards to safety concerns within the local community, it is unwise for any student to be anywhere alone in downtown Macon at night. Also, if students are at a club, they need to be wary about their drinks and not accept one from strangers. It is very easy for someone to slip a drug into an open bottle/cup when no one is looking.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Macon is home to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. There is an annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in the fall.
  2. With 300,000 cherry trees, Macon is known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World."
  3. There was only one architectural casualty in Macon during the Civil War: the Cannonball house. It was struck by a Union cannonball in 1864.
  4. Macon is home to the nation's third oldest municipal baseball park, Luther Williams Field.
  5. Macon's Capricorn Records was the birthplace of "Southern Rock."
Notable Natives
  • The Allman Brothers Band - rock band
  • Otis Redding - singer
  • Little Richard - singer, songwriter
Local Slang
  • Mactown: Nickname for Macon
  • Maypo: The Macon Police
  • Wartown: Nickname for Warner Robins
Points of Interest
  • Cannonball House
  • Cox Capitol Theatre
  • Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • Macon Little Theatre
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Ocmulgee National Monument
Shopping Centers
  • Macon Mall
  • The Shoppes at River Crossing
Movie Theaters
Amstar Stadium 16
5996 Zebulon Road
(478) 474-4443
Movie Theaters
Edge 14
245 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
(478) 477-8117
Major Sports Teams
Macon Blaze: Women's Basketball Association
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Columbus, Ga.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
  • Each fall, the Jazz Association of Macon hosts the Arts on Riverdale Jazz and Art Festival. During the festival, most of Riverside Drive is blocked off to offer a variety of jazz performances and local art vendors.
  • Every Saturday in Poplar Street Park, local artisans, merchants, and craftsmen set up booths and sell locally-grown plants, arts, baked goods, and more!

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 26 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 26 responses

  • 4% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 46% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 23% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 26 responses

  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 35% 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 26 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% No way.


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