Living in Atlanta

Atlanta basics

Anyone thinking about the Old South won't find it in Atlanta. Long known as the city "too busy to hate," Atlanta hosts some of the most prominent and prosperous African Americans in the country. If you live in Atlanta, you will still find the best of our roots--Southern hospitality. People who meet your eye on the street and say "hey." Walking neighborhoods lined with dogwood trees, small shops, and cozy restaurants. And, a temperate climate that lends itself to being outdoors eight out of twelve months.

Atlanta's city limits are only 131 square miles, but manages to comfortably house over 3.5 million people. Since traffic is one of the few challenges in this city, many of our students opt to utilize MARTA, a very safe and clean rapid-rail transit system. And, with Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the second busiest airport in the country, you'll have no problem finding great fares to get you in and out of the city.

However, once you get here, we think there is a good chance you might stay. When it comes to career options, we're the headquarters of corporate giants such as Coca-Cola, Southern Companies, Delta Airlines, UPS, CNN, Georgia-Pacific, Russell Construction and more. Atlanta is also a mecca for America's young entrepreneurs with many hot, young companies in technology, communications and design. Not only a center for commerce, Atlanta is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Changes, the Carter Presidential Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many other leading research, medical and educational institutions. It's easy to see why so many CAU graduates stay in Atlanta to start their careers.

Where you do what you do is important. And, it's no accident that the university at the center of it all is also in the center of Atlanta. While our destiny isn't limited to the role of this remarkable city, it is most certainly intertwined with it.

The city at play

What's your sound? Jazz? Latin? R&B? Ska? The biggest names and the best acts all come through Atlanta. Within minutes of the CAU campus, you'll find the fabulous Fox Theater, The Tabernacle and The Roxy. While you're in town, you'll also have to see Georgia's largest, oldest African-American-owned theatre company, Jomandi Productions, and the renowned Ballethnic Dance Co.

As for sports, Atlanta is not only home to the Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Thrashers, but also to scores of other teams and major sporting events. Atlantans don't just watch sports either; they participate in this work hard/play hard city. The sports facilities here are exceptional. Teams and clubs abound. And, the mild winters make this region a year-round paradise for outdoor pursuits.

Really, Atlanta has more sights than you can ever take in-but, the best "watching" of all is the "people watching" here. You can rub shoulders with the young and famous in and around Atlanta and the Atlanta University Center. The clubs and shops of Underground Atlanta. The alternative scene at Little Five Points. The arts district and High Museum in Midtown. And, the fashionable stores that stretch from Macy's at one end of Peachtree Street-all the way to Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza at the other.