There is more to Atlanta than nice weather, beautiful neighborhoods, and Southern hospitality. A progressive global city, Atlanta has lots to offer our students, from internships to entertainment and many places to explore.
Warm Weather, Cool City
- Ranked #3 among 10 best cities for young entrepreneurs (Forbes)
- 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US
- home to major health care institutions including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, CARE
- #3 city for growth in the number of women-owned firms (American Express)
- 4th largest film industry in the nation
- Nearly 70 full and honorary consulates
- Center for media institutions such as CNN, Cox Communications, and the Weather Channel
- #2 socially-networked city (Men's Health)
The heart of Atlanta is a mere 15-minute drive from the Emory College campus, and only a 45-minute shuttle ride from Oxford College. Atlanta is the Southeast's largest city, brimming with energy, diversity, and progressive thinking. Whether you're a sports fan, drama geek, shopaholic, history buff, or foodie, you'll find something to inspire you and sharpen your mind.
Beyond its big-city feel, Atlanta is composed of more than 100 neighborhoods, each with their own flavor and personality. Here are a few of our favorites right near campus:
Virginia Highlands: Charming bungalow homes, boutique shopping, artist galleries, lively nightspots, sidewalk cafes and restaurants all within a few walkable blocks.
Decatur: An off-beat, indie neighborhood close to Emory, with tons of public art, funky shops, and the historic old Decatur courthouse and city hall.
Midtown: The heart of Atlanta, with a bustling Saturday morning farmer's market at Piedmont Park, music and theater venues, and the new Atlanta BeltLine, which provides an urban space to walk, run, or cycle.
Little Five Points: Dubbed L5P, this eccentric area is walking distance to Candler Park and boasts several live music venues and some of the best thrift-shopping in the ATL.
You'll have plenty of food options on campus, of course, but one of the best things about the city of Atlanta are the dining options. Atlanta is home to some of the most delicious concoctions in the country. Don't believe us? Try the peanut-buttery Fat Elvis Burger at the Vortex, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits at the Flying Biscuit, or world-famous fried chicken at Mary Mac's. If you prefer your food on the go, you can chase down one of Atlanta's many food trucks, which offer everything from Filipino pancit to artisan popsicles. Check out our Explore Atlanta page in advance of planning your campus visit for even more recommendations.
In Atlanta there also are plenty of opportunities to get off the urban grid and retreat into nature—whether to hike up the side of Stone Mountain, visit the 189 green acres of Piedmont Park right in Midtown, paddle down the Chattahoochee River for a full-moon kayak ride, or explore the city by foot or bike along the BeltLine. Not to mention the Nature Trail that extends out from the Oxford College campus, or Lullwater Park, a large wooded preserve nestled just across from the School of Nursing on the Atlanta campus.