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Venue and Hotel

The University Innovation Alliance National Summit will be held at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta. It is centrally located in the heart of the city with high-quality amenities, comfortable guest rooms, four dining venues, covered pedestrian sky bridge to MARTA and Peachtree Center Mall and walking distance to local attractions, restaurants and venues.

The deadline to reserve a room at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta under the group rate has passed. If you still need to reserve a room, please call them directly at 404-659-2000 or visit their website by clicking HERE .

Please note that a credit card will be requested at check-in for room incidentals such as room service, movie rentals, wifi, etc. A deposit of $100 per night stay will be run on that card upon check-in.

April 3-5 will be full days of programming and content. Participants are recommended to fly in on April 2 and depart after 6pm on April 5 if participating in the optional GSU Tour. Otherwise, departure after 2pm on April 5 is possible.

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Travel to Atlanta


Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) which is 10 miles away from the hotel.
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Directions from airport:
The hotel is 10 miles (12 minute drive time) from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. If you're travelling from the airport on 75/85 North, exit at 249B (Peachtree Street). At the first light, turn right on Peachtree Street. At the next light, turn left on Ralph McGill Blvd. At the next light, turn right on Courtland Street. The hotel is one block on your left.

Parking at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta:
  • Self parking: $30 (space is limited)
  • Valet parking: $40 (space is limited)
Parking garage max height is 6 feet. Please see the door person if your vehicle is larger than 6 feet.

Things to do in Atlanta

Atlanta has been dubbed everything from the "capital of the new South" and "the next international city" to "the best place to do business." It is also a great place to visit. From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions to a hip nightlife and sporting events galore, the city is cosmopolitan in every sense of the word and has also managed to maintain its historic character.
Travel Atlanta Website
City of Atlanta for Visitors Website

Getting Around Town
The Hilton Atlanta is easily accessible to the interstate and Peachtree Center MARTA rapid transit system. You can also catch a cab or ride share from the hotel to anywhere you'd like to go.

Restaurants in the Hotel
Marketplace (quick serve 24-hour café)
Southern Elements (Chic restaurant serving Southern cuisine)
Trader Vic's (Tiki-style restaurant with a Mai Tai bar)
Nikolai's Roof (AAA Four Diamond restaurant on the top floor with a cocktail bar)

Other Ideas
Centennial Olympic Park (1 mile from hotel)
Georgia Aquarium (1 mile from hotel)
World of Coca-Cola (1 mile from hotel)
Behind the Scenes tour of CNN (0.8 miles from hotel)
National Center for Civil + Human Rights (0.7 miles from hotel)
Jimmy Carter Library Museum (2.5 miles from hotel)
High Museum of Art (2.2 miles from hotel)

Why the UIA?

Since its launch in 2014, the UIA has transformed a theoretical concept for collaboration into a nationally recognized community of practice that is driving both institutional transformation and improved student outcomes. Today, our institutions are on track to graduate an additional 100,000 students over the next decade, and we have raised graduation rates for students from low-income backgrounds by nearly 25 percent.

Our work is based on the simple proposition that when universities share ideas, experiences, and challenges, and work together, they can accelerate innovations that help students graduate with a college degree.

The intentional design of our convenings has been critical to our success. Each event brings together teams from our member universities to discuss their progress on innovation, to bring new ideas to their peers, and to hear from innovative leaders from outside our network. By building relationships with colleagues at their own institutions and from other Alliance universities, people leave our conferences energized for the work ahead and with a network of fellow innovators they can rely on to sustain their momentum.

This first-of-its-kind National Summit is designed to diffuse innovations in higher education and motivate institutional leaders to take action by implementing cutting-edge ideas, while also exposing a wide range of universities to the UIA’s convening framework and strategy.