Emory is unmatched in its ideal location in Atlanta —a dynamic and bustling city that offers an incredible array of activities and events to keep you busy. With Emory as the heart of the public health capital of the world, a major center for healthcare and medical research, and a diplomatic and cultural hub, Atlanta is also home to 700 of the Fortune 1000 companies and a political capital for the New South.
But that’s not all! Cultural and recreational activities abound! Take in a Braves game, tour the Coca-Cola Museum (Atlanta is the “birthplace” of Coca-Cola, as well as home of the national headquarters), enjoy a free Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert in Piedmont Park, tour the CNN Center and visit the fountain at Centennial Olympic Park, attend an opening night gala at the Fabulous Fox Theater, enjoy the month-long Atlanta Jazz Festival every May, take in the latest IMAX film at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, or watch the nightly laser light show at Stone Mountain Park.
Dining options in Atlanta are equally as plentiful. From Sunday Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton to meat ‘n three at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, from fish ‘n chips in Virginia Highland to nouveau comfort food at South City Kitchen, from lip-smackin' BBQ at Fat Matt's Rib Shack to a burger at the Vortex, from a Naked Dog at the Varsity to sushi at Twist, Atlanta’s restaurants offer nearly every dining experience imaginable. And with new restaurants opening every week, four years of medical school won’t be enough time to sample them all!
Atlanta has all the amenities of a major metropolitan area, but it is the neighborhoods that define the true personality of the city. One afternoon spent driving around Atlanta will reveal the tree-lined streets and elegant homes in the quiet historic Druid Hills neighborhood that surrounds the campus, the sports-minded crowds and designer shopping of Buckhead, the many museums and performing arts venues in Midtown, and the kitschy, bohemian fun of Little Five Points. The neighborhoods of Atlanta are diverse, welcoming and never dull.
What’s more, Emory is centrally positioned in Atlanta. Our campus is within one to five miles of the city’s most popular areas and only six miles from Downtown.
Interested in escaping to a warmer climate? The weather in Atlanta is mild compared to most parts of the country. Spring and fall in Atlanta are close to perfect, and winters rarely bring more than a light dusting of snow. In February, there will be cold days, but there will also be many days when you’ll wear shorts! By the time March rolls around, the city is in technicolor full bloom.
Because of Atlanta’s popularity on the speaker and band tour circuit, the Emory campus is able to host internationally renowned speakers such as The Dalai Lama, Jimmy Carter, Oliver Stone, Desmond Tutu, and Paul Simon, and recording artists such as Kendrick Lamar, the Goo Goo Dolls, Chance the Rapper, Indigo Girls, Yo-Yo Ma and Ben Folds. Free lectures and concerts are a common presence on the Emory campus.