Atlanta may be a big city, but it also has the feel of a college town, with dozens of colleges and universities located within its limits. Each area feels like a small community, but has access to the rest of the city. It’s a great place to study for just about any interest. The city is also walkable in these campuses and easy to get around on the MARTA public transportation system. Cost of living is low, especially in relation to other major metropolitan centers, which is great for students.
Upon entering the city, you’ll first see the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, better known as Georgia Tech. The school attracts international and local students for their engineering, technology and science-focused degrees. The campus sprawls from North Avenue to the Westside. Affordable housing can be found nearby and much of it has access to the Tech Trolley, the on-campus transportation.
Further downtown towards Castleberry Hill is Georgia State University, a four year university with degrees in education, nursing and many more. They’ve got a state-of-the-art fitness center, ever-expanding student housing and a new football team.
Atlanta’s Historic West End is home to the Atlanta University Center, made up of four historically black colleges and universities. They include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, Spelman and Morris Brown colleges. The campuses almost run together, but CAU and Spelman both have some of the most prestigious collections of African American artwork in the country. Morehouse School of Medicine is where many of the city’s doctors train.
The area has beautiful historic homes, like writer Joel Chandler Harris’s house The Wren’s Nest, delicious restaurants and historic Westview Cemetery.
While in recent years its become a city in its own right, Decatur is set around a historic square with bars, restaurants, breweries and shops. Emory University is the largest in the area and is most well known, for its law and medical programs, but also has a thriving art history program. It also is home to the Carlos Museum, which houses exhibits on mummies and Egyptian artifacts.
Agnes Scott College, one of the Seven Sisters of the South, is a leader in liberal arts education for women. It’s also been the filming location for dozens of movies and television shows over the years.
Atlanta is made up of a few large suburbs that have their own colleges and universities. Kennesaw State University is located 30 minutes from the city and specializes in degrees in education, communication, performing arts and business. Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, less than 20 minutes from downtown, is located on a stunning campus with European looking stone buildings. It has fields as diverse as art history, chemistry and economics. Marietta’s Southern Polytechnic State University is on the cutting edge of technology degrees in video game design, architecture and fashion design.
Arts and Specialty Schools
If your interests are specific, Atlanta has programs at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus and the Art Institute of Atlanta in the visual arts, graphic design and fashion. Aspiring chefs can study at the local campus of Le Cordon Bleu. All are located in downtown Atlanta.
Whether you’re interested in the fields of science or the arts, Atlanta has both a school that will welcome you and a range of studies for you to choose from.