I've lived in Atlanta for awhile and thought I would post regarding some negative aspects just to play devil's advocate.
First and foremost traffic is horrendous in Atlanta. The downtown area is also highly populated with homeless people, as I believe it is one of the largest havens for the homeless in the US. GSU is located in downtown which I'm sure you know. They did just make panhandling illegal but it still happens very often. Watch yourself at night downtown!
Regarding GSU's campus, it is spread out over the city. It's not interconnected like a campus would be in a smaller city. I'm sure you can see how it's laid out on the maps they have on their website.
I'm not sure if you're going to live on campus or not butI believe they have new dorms, however some of their dorms are all the way out near the Georgia Tech campus and a bus ride through the city is required to get to GSU.
GSU is a good school, and I echo the same sentiments as the above posters have posted regarding its strengths. However - I just wanted you to realize that there are some negative things associated with going there
I have a friend who's a lawyer for a local firm here and he has told me repeatedly that GSU is very highly looked upon locally. He mentioned it as the 'ol boys club' for lawyers in Georgia.
Also - if you are a sports fan there are tons of sports to watch in Atlanta.
Hope this helps.
Well, I'm in my 3rd week so far in school and about a month here in Atlanta. I must say that the "negative aspects" you mentioned are actually pretty limited in my situation. I have yet to be stuck in Atlanta traffic. Let me repeat: I have yet to be stuck in Atlanta traffic. I live ITP and take backroads to get downtown in the mornings. In the afternoons, I take the interstates home. I have stayed off the interstates during rush hour, which I'm sure is why I haven't experienced the traffic yet, but the way everyone was talking, I was expecting it to be bad all the time--not just during rush hour. D.C. traffic is MUCH worse than here.
So far the panhandlers haven't bothered me at all. I have yet to see one, though I know a few classmates have. Atlanta has a lot to offer, and I will be the first to say that I am incredibly happy with my decision to move down here.