Diverse, friendly, and affordable, Athens offers the ideal atmosphere for your MBA experience.
Old Meets New
Athens, Georgia, also known as the “Classic City”, offers a unique blend of old and new. So unique, in fact that Kiplinger’s rated Athens the #5 Best City in the U.S. in 2009.
As home to the country’s oldest state-chartered university, Athens is rich in cultural heritage. It’s also a modern city, both progressive and diverse. Here, stately antebellum mansions and magnolia-shaded formal gardens mingle with a vibrant music scene and downtown restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. It’s truly a place with something for everyone.
College Town Meets Big City
The University of Georgia lies in the heart of Athens, making the city a true “college town,” ranked among the 10 best college towns in the country. With a population of 100,000, the Athens metropolitan area is large enough to provide the culture of a city but small enough to feel relaxed and friendly. Priced for students, life in Athens is affordable too.
A Prime Location
Athens sits in a prime location for enjoying the rest of Georgia’s unique cultural and natural amenities. You can travel an hour to Atlanta for more shopping, concerts, sports events and fine restaurants. If you like hiking, get back to nature in the fresh air of the Blue Ridge Mountains less than two hours away. Also, a short 4 hours’ drive will put you in the middle of sun and surf on Georgia’s pristine beaches.
A World-Famous Music Scene
Athens is the birthplace of some of the most famous bands in popular music, including R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and the B-52’s. And, Athens is home to many, many more. A mecca of college music, Athens was the #1 college music town by Paste Magazine in 2011. Also, Athens is an important stop for major band tours and home to great, nationally known venues like the 40-Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre. Check out the weekly Flagpole Magazine for information about local bands, upcoming shows, and a whole lot more.