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Atlanta Colleges and Universities

Atlanta Colleges and Universities

Atlanta is a College Town!

Yes, Atlanta is home to a diverse mix of private and state colleges and universities! The youth, energy, and creativity of these campuses help contribute to the uniqueness of Atlanta. Leaving home to go away to college is a rite of passage for young adults as they gain independence and embrace new responsibilities. This is also a time for families to experience new memories in exciting ways. Atlanta provides an awesome environment for college students to learn and thrive!

There are many times when families are invited to visit college campuses including prospective student college tours, move-in weekends, sporting events, parents’ weekends, theater performances, and, of course, graduation! Atlanta has some amazing colleges and universities families should consider when making this important decision. Stonehurst Place is proud to be your home away from home when you are researching colleges or visiting your student.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is a 400-acre campus in the heart of Atlanta.

  • The McCamish Pavilion, home to basketball games and graduation ceremonies, is a 0.9 mile walk from Stonehurst Place.
  • The school was chartered in 1885 and opened with 84 students in 1888. Today there are more than 25,000 students.
  • U.S. News & World Report gives many high rankings to Georgia Tech including: #3 Undergraduate Engineering Program, #4 for Co-op and Internship Programs, #5 Most Innovative School, #6 Undergraduate Computer Science Programs, #7 for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects, #10 Top Public Universities, and #21 Undergraduate Business Programs.
  • Georgia Tech is actually made up of 6 colleges: College of Engineering, College of Computing, College of Sciences, College of Design, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and Scheller College of Business. Within those colleges there are 29 schools with technology focused majors and minors.
  • Students can get involved in more than 500 student organizations and 50 Greek organizations. Sixty chartered student organizations explore religious, racial, sexual, or ethnic identity.
  • Georgia Tech is an NCAA Division 1 school. The Yellow Jackets compete in 17 different sports. Students can also participate in 20 intramural sports or 40 competitive sports clubs.
  • Fun Georgia Tech traditions include: The Whistle which is blown to signal the end of classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and to celebrate touchdowns during home games, the “Ramblin’ Wreck” fight song, and the Week of Welcome when first-year students are introduced to all of the Yellow Jacket traditions.
  • Georgia Tech has a department devoted to Parent and Family Programs with a motto of “When parents and families are informed, students benefit.” They plan a Family Weekend, Sibs Day (for siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins, and family friends ages 7-18), and Grandparents Day.

Emory University is a private research university with a main campus in Druid Hills.

  • The campus is approximately 4.5 miles from Stonehurst Place.
  • The university opened in 1836. Today, nearly 16,000 students are enrolled at Emory.
  • U.S. News & World Report rankings of Emory include: #1 Biomedical Engineering Program, #1 Best Nursing School: Master’s, #3 Undergraduate Nursing School, #3 Schools and Programs of Public Health, and #4 Best Physician Assistant Program.
  • Emory includes nine colleges and schools offering more than 80 majors and more than 60 minors.
  • The faculty at Emory boasts two Pulitzer Prize recipients and two Nobel Peace Prize recipients.
  • Students can get involved in more than 480 clubs, teams, and performing arts groups on campus. There are 40 recognized faith organizations at Emory.
  • Students can also play in 19 different varsity sports on campus. The Emory Eagles boast 33 NCAA Championships.
  • In 2023, Emory opened the largest health sciences research building in Georgia. More than 1,000 researchers are using the state of the art, eight-story, 350,000 square foot building.
  • Fun Emory University traditions include: an unofficial skeleton mascot named Dooley, an annual song and dance competition between first-year residence halls, an annual town hall with an eminent guest speaker, and a candlelit walk as seniors transition to become alumni.
  • Emory hosts a Family Weekend in October. They also host multiple Family Friday Webinars for new students and families over the summer to get everyone ready for the college adjustment. If parents and families are looking for another reason to visit campus, there are more than 330 Arts at Emory events and 15 library university-wide events held each year.

Spelman College is a private, historically Black, women’s liberal arts college.

  • The campus is approximately 5 miles from Stonehurst Place.
  • It was founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary. Today, more than 2,100 students attend Spelman.
  • U.S. News & World Reportranks Spelman as the #1 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Spelmanites can participate in more than 85 clubs and organizations.
  • Family Weekend is typically held in February.

Morehouse College is a private, historically Black, men’s liberal arts college.

  • The campus is approximately 5 miles from Stonehurst Place.
  • Founded in 1867, it is now the largest men’s liberal arts college in the United States with approximately 2,200 students.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Morehouse as the #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Morehouse is an NCAA Division II college. The Maroon Tigers compete in eight varsity teams.
  • Parent and Family Weekend is typically held in October.

Clark Atlanta University is a private, Methodist, historically Black research university.

  • The campus is approximately 3.5 miles from Stonehurst Place.
  • It was founded as the first Historically Black College or University in the Southern United States in 1865. Today it has approximately 4,000 students.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks it #21 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • The Clark Atlanta University Panthers participate in ten NCAA Division II sports.
  • Family weekend includes a Friday Night Parent Mixer and campus tours. Dates and information are coming soon.

We also welcome parents and family members of students at Oglethorpe University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, and Georgia State University to stay with us at Stonehurst Place. Oglethorpe is in Brookhaven which is about 10 miles from the inn. SCAD, Atlanta and Georgia State are both almost 2 miles from the inn.

Whether you are coming for a special university sponsored event or just to take your student out for dinner, Stonehurst Place loves the local colleges and the communities they build. Let us be part of your family’s college experience.

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