What Makes Atlanta a Great College Town

Take a city tour from Kristen Ellingboe 14C (Journalism and Political Science), who co-authored a piece in Atlanta Magazine about why the term ‘college town’ should be among Atlanta’s synonyms.

When you think of metro Atlanta, many things may come to mind. Capital of the New South, for example. Or worst place to be a Pepsi fan. “College town” probably isn’t on your list. But the area’s 6 million residents include more than 250,000 college students, according to the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. Each year this quarter-million-strong cohort studies at one of the metro area’s fifty-seven colleges and universities.

And while Atlanta is hardly a typical college town, its borders contain a wealth of student experiences. From the refurbished dot-com building that houses SCAD Atlanta to the picturesque quad of Agnes Scott, you can find any college vibe imaginable.

We’re both students at Atlanta-area schools, and drew on our experiences here—as well as input from dozens of fellow scholars—to take you on a tour of the city’s neighborhoods.

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Sheila Tefft (Journalism) Receives Fulbright Award


Sheila Tefft, senior lecturer in the Emory University Journalism Program, has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar and will teach courses in journalism at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta (State Islamic University UIN Jakarta) in Indonesia from January through June, 2013.

A former foreign correspondent in Indonesia and other countries in Asia for 12 years, Tefft has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, and The Atlanta Constitution and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Emory since 1999 and for nine years was director of the Emory Journalism Program. She has received numerous Emory teaching awards from Phi Beta Kappa and the Center for International Programs Abroad, and was awarded the university-wide Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She will participate in the new Islamic Civilizations Studies Program that will be launched next year.

She is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.