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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 out of 55 people found this review useful. 1 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Emory University is the right school for you if you are a hard worker, motivated individual, who likes to have fun but knows when it is time to buckle down and study. Emory community is welcoming and mature so if you are ready to leave mom and dad and begin/ continue your independence this is the right school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time on your application. Make sure that you really describe yourself and your activities. Emory loves diversity so if you can demonstrate how you are a unique individual it will help you stand out in the crowd.

    Am enjoying being here

    Atlanta is a wonderfully diverse and exciting city. Emory offers many outlets for students to get out into the city safely and enjoy the night life. There are clubs, parties, great restaurants, movie theaters, and many other places to have fun.

    Am learning a lot

    At Emory university every class is a challenge that you can handle if you apply yourself properly. You can not assume that whatever you did in high school will work here as well, but if you are accepted you should feel confident that you can handle any future obstacles.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 2 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Emory is a good school for you if you are someone that likes to have fun, but doesn't forget the importance of academics. Academics is always the top priority for Emory students, but they also know how to let loose when necessary. And so, characteristics such as motivation and self-control are necessary for success at this school. However, with that being said, because Emory offers such a diverse student population, it is very easy for students of all personalities to fit into a specific crowd. Also, don't be under the impression that Emory will have a southern atmosphere and be dominated by students with southern accents just because of its location. There are students from all across the nation at Emory and I have yet to encounter someone that actually has a southern accent.

    Tips for prospective students

    While good grades and high standardized test scores are important to admission into a good college, much more is necessary to secure a spot in the incoming freshmen class. Emory puts a lot of emphasis on diversifying its student population, and so it is imperative that you show how and why you stand out from the thousands of applicants. Emory also seems to care about how much you want to attend the school. They want to see your passion and determination. And so, be sure to convey this message well in your essays. I say this because many students that were wait listed at Emory were finally admitted because they sent in letters saying how much they want to go to Emory. If you show that you are qualified and that you really want to attend Emory, there is probably nothing that will stand between you and your acceptance letter.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, like all other top tier private schools, Emory's tuition is phenomenally high. However, the high costs of attending this college are well worth it, mainly for the reasons stated above. Not only are you receiving a high class education, there's a lot of fun available all around you. Not all schools in the same tier can say the same thing. From outstanding professors to high rated advisors to surprisingly small classes, there is nothing missing in the formula for a good education. To top it all off, Emory's facilities are remarkable. I've visited a lot of colleges, both private and public, and few can compare with the technology and quality of the facilities. Emory basically lays out the stepping stones to your future success with all that it has to offer, and as mentioned already, very few schools in the nation can say the same thing.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because very few people on the West Coast are aware of Emory's existence, there are a lot of students that are uneasy about choosing Emory because they want to attend a school with a stronger reputation. However, if a student ever decided to come to Emory, none of that would ever matter again because there are so many things about Emory that make it so amazing. Both Emory and the City of Atlanta have a lot to offer for young adults. Emory holds many activities, especially for incoming freshmen, and so it is almost impossible to stay bored. Emory will also host concerts and shows, featuring groups like Super Cr3w and artists like Lupe Fiasco, O.A.R, and N.E.R.D. As for the amenities offered by Atlanta, there is an overflowing list of possible activities. Some of the cool places to check out are the clubs, local malls, sporting events (Hawks and Falcons), Coca Cola factory, largest aquarium in the world, and more. On top of that, Georgia Tech is a very quick drive from Emory, and so that adds onto the list of possible fun activities. Lastly, Emory offers hundreds of clubs, and if none of those seem interesting, it is very easy to start a new club. Wherever your interests may lie, Emory/Atlanta will have something to keep you entertained and smiling.

    Am learning a lot

    The best part about Emory is the small class sizes. I have friends at comparable private schools such as Hopkins, Northwestern, Stanford, and Columbia. Despite the prestige of all of these schools, none offer class sizes as small as Emory's. This applies especially to intro level science classes. These classes at many of the other schools will have hundreds of students per class, and in the case of Hopkins, 2-3 professors will teach the class throughout the course of the semester. At Emory, lecture professors are employed to teach classes that research professors normally would not want to teach. And so, not only do students (even freshmen) receive the opportunity to establish a more personal relationship with the professors, students will also be able to learn better and discuss/ask questions more effectively in the smaller environment. Another highlight of smaller classes is that professors truly care about the overall success of their students and are therefore very easy to approach. Although classes at Emory can prove to be very challenging, perseverance and hard work will definitely help defeat that obstacle.

  • 08/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 3 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Emory attracts a very diverse student population. All Emory students do, however, have some characteristics in common. First of all, to attend Emory you must be a very motivated student. You must be willing to work hard to achieve your goals whether those goals are being accepted to medical school or becoming captain of the varsity tennis team. Secondly, Emory students should be open-minded. Many people have misconceptions about going to school in the south if they are not from there. Don't discount Emory just because it's in Georgia. Atlanta is a great city and Emory is filled with students from all over the world. Also, because Emory has such an array of opportunities, it is important for students to keep an open mind and to take advantage of the resources available at the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    If possible, try to visit Emory before you apply. It shows that you are serious about attending Emory and that you have a deep interest in the school. Also, try talking to faculty members and current students to get a better sense of what it is like to be a part of the Emory community.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and Emory is no exception. Emory is well worth the high cost of tuition. From academics to athletics to amazing extracurricular opportunities, there are so many ways students can find success at Emory. College is a place to grow and Emory is certainly a place where academic and personal growth is possible. In addition, employers will most likely look favorably upon your ability to graduate with a degree from Emory.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is never a shortage of activities at Emory. In fact, during orientation freshman will attend an event which publicizes all clubs available at Emory. If for some reason none of the hundreds of clubs sound appealing, you can create your own. Every student has the chance to make the Emory experience fun in his or her own way. Also, because Emory provides several free transportation options to local malls, sporting events, and concert venues, students are able to explore Atlanta in addition to enjoying their time on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    At Emory, professors truly seem to care about their students' academic success. They make time to meet with students to discuss everything from ways to prepare for graduate school to confusing topics covered in the classroom. Emory tries to keep its class sizes small to maximize learning. Also, with classes ranging from Art & Architecture of Ancient Rome to Personality Theories, students have the chance to explore a variety of interests.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 4 of 95

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    Campus Safety

    As a college campus in the suburbs of a large city, safety can occasionally be an issue. That being said, Emory does have its own police department that works closely with student prevention organizations, as well as the district police in order to ensure the safest possible campus environment. There are also blue light stations all over campus and the nearby Lullwater Park, where a student in danger can simply press a button that automatically calls 911. The Emory Wheel, which is the student run campus newspaper, publishes a police report of recent, local crime (both on and off campus) twice a week so that students are constantly being updated with what is going on in the area. Also, the police department can notify all students via email or text if there is an emergency situation. However, one need only glance at the Emory Wheel police report to discover that students in the dorms or on Frat Row break the most laws. This comes at no surprise. For psychological safety, the Emory clinic offers a number of free (it's covered in the tuition) counseling sessions to students in need. There are also plentiful support groups on campus to help students overcome any adversity. Through the well-known Emory University Hospital, the school offers a convenient health insurance package as well. The last thing that Emory wants is upset, injured students, so they take every step possible to keep the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    Emory Greek life can be divided into three different categories by governing council: the Interfraternity Council/Intersorority Council (IFC/ISC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The first of these, IFC/ISC, are what probably come to mind when you think of Greeks. While not as raucous as your stereotypical state school fraternities and sororities, you can still expect Emory's Greeks on Frat Row to be throwing down on the weekends. Most freshmen that do end up going Greek end up in one of these fraternities or sororities. However, it is important to note that as a freshman at Emory, you cannot rush your first semester in college. This stipulation reflects Emory's commitment to academics first, so if you're really interested in going Greek as a freshman, you will have to bide your time until your second semester while you are acclimating to college life in the meantime. Just to provide some statistics, Emory is roughly 1/3 Greek, meaning that while they have a significant presence on campus, certainly not everyone is in Greek life. Additionally, there is no pressure at all to join a fraternity or sorority, and they definitely aren't necessary to have a social life. The next council is the Multicultural Greek Council, which governs over, as the name says, the multicultural Greeks. This is the smallest of the three councils at Emory, and only presides over one fraternity (Xi Kappa) and two sororities (Delta Phi Lambda and Delta Phi Omega). These organizations typically do not party like the IFC/ISC ones do. Having a particular goal for campus, they devote their efforts to cultural awareness events that promote a specific aspect of the culture they represent. The last council is the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which governs over the traditionally African American fraternities and sororities. These organizations are steeped in tradition and are likely the most difficult to join. Emory has influences from nearly all NPHC fraternities and sororities with the exception of only a couple. Emory's Greek life is largely representative of its student population, but it is by no means a requirement to party or have a social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    With literally hundreds of officially chartered clubs, there is truly something for everyone at Emory. The most popular of these are the performance-oriented organizations that never cease to impress. For example, Emory is home to many a capella groups like Dooley Noted, the all male No Strings Attached, and Barenaked Voices, just to name a few. Every first Friday of each month, they all perform outside of the Dobbs University Center, gracing the student population with their melodious voices. Equally popular are the highly competitive dance groups like the official Emory Dance Company, the breakdancing Skeleton Crew, the hip-hopping Trickanometry (TNT), and the all female Persuasion. If singing and dancing isn't your thing, there's also the Emory Running Club, which can be seen every week jogging on the outskirts of campus. Of course, there's also Volunteer Emory, featuring resume building volunteer opportunities almost every day of the week. For those interested in diversity, there are the highly active ethnic clubs like the Italian Club, the Pakistan Student Association, the Emory Chinese Student Association, among many dozens of others. Between trying out a Capoeira class, making dumplings for Chinese New Year, and dancing Salsa with the Latino Student Organization, there is a niche at Emory for each and every student.

    Great for these types of students

    For students interested in forming a foundation for long-term friendships before even moving in to the dorms, there is a pre-orientation program called Crossroads. Sponsored and run by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS), Crossroads is a unique retreat that celebrates diversity. Here, students have the opportunity to meet upperclassmen and receive advice about class registration, room and make friends with other entering freshmen, and learn about the multi-faceted functions of OMPS on campus, which primarily serves to bring together students of diverse ethnicity. Student OMPS members often have a very active presence on campus in student organizations and Greek life. This network of staff and well-connected students forms the web of a support system for other students either looking to make friends or struggling with college life. During crossroads, freshmen are introduced to OMPS's benefits and are highly encouraged to become a part of its diverse community. Besides, who doesn't want to be a freshman on move-in day that already knows over fifty people on campus? Any freshman can benefit from the Crossroads pre-orientation retreat. However, it is also offered again during Fall Break and yet again in the spring for those who miss it. It is a unique experience of a lifetime that freshmen should not miss out on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most unique aspects about Emory's campus is the unofficial skeletal mascot, Dooley, otherwise known as the Lord of Misrule. I can confidently say that there is more hype about Dooley on campus, rather than the official eagle mascot, Swoop. There is even a Dooley skeleton statue in a central location on campus, and every now and then, Dooley himself will make an appearance to major campus-wide events, bodyguards in tow. During the springtime, there is a week of festivities known as Dooley's Week, culminating in the ever-popular Dooley's Ball that Friday night. During that week, there is a public forum where students can write haikus to the ethereal mascot as pleas for him to let them out of class. Dooley looks all of these over and selects the best of the bunch. During the day, he shows up to those students' classes, bodyguards in tow of course, and asks the professors an extraordinarily difficult question about Emory history. If the professor answers correctly, then the students have to stay in class. However, in almost every case, the professor answers incorrectly, and the class is let out early for the day, which can be a blessing so close to spring finals. Awe inspiring and immortally powerful, Dooley makes up a pivotal aspect of what defines Emory culture.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the nation's top private universities, choosing Emory isn't always the most economical option. Emory's official 2011-2012 annual Tuition and Costs clocks in at between $50,000-60,000, a hefty sum. However, all is not lost. The university does take into account need-based financial aid, and offers loans to those who need it. Additionally, the competitive Emory Scholars program offers the brightest prospective students the opportunity to attend the university virtually for free, and they have preference when choosing classes. Also, Emory has a very active career center, whose staff is constantly reaching out to students and provide valuable resources for internships, scholarships, and part time jobs for the semester and the summer. For those who qualify, there are also work-study jobs, which give students on-campus part time work, usually at a rate above minimum wage. While Emory is a major financial investment for its students and their families, if you are determined to attend this university, they can help make it happen. It doesn't work out in every case, but as the saying goes, when there's a will, there's a way.

    What to do for fun

    When it comes to taking time off just to have fun, at Emory, there are limitless possibilities. Between concerts, comedian showings on campus, social events with clubs, and oh yes, the numerous parties on Frat Row, there are ample opportunities for a freshman to blow off some steam. There is always something happening on campus, from trying to catch a free t-shirt at Wonderful Wednesday to watching the varsity soccer teams on a Saturday afternoon. As if the events and parties on campus aren't enough, the city of Atlanta is right around the corner. On Saturdays, there are Experience Emory buses that travel from campus to a major site around the city. This gives students the chance to visit the famous Georgia Aquarium together or perhaps World of Coke. Since freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, these are great opportunities to get off campus for a day and explore the city. Other sources of entertainment are through clubs. Outdoor Emory takes trips around Georgia to go mountain climbing and white water rafting, for example. Similarly, the Emory Chinese Student Association actively encourages all students to attend their annual Lunar Banquet, which brings Chinese food and culture to Emory students and the greater Atlanta community. The tendency for freshmen is to think that Frat parties are everything when it comes to having a good time, and while they hold a certain appeal for some, there's a whole other world out there.

    Food and Dining

    For freshmen, the food situation at Emory is fairly simple. You are forced to buy a meal plan with unlimited meal swipesÂ? (unless you opt out for the kosher or vegan options). These meal swipes can be used at any of three locations: the Dobbs University Center (DUC), the Woodruff Grill, and the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC). This is both a good and a bad thing. It's convenient in the sense that at any time you have unlimited access to food (hence the freshman fifteen), and the DUC at least attempts to provide moderately healthy options. On the other hand, it is easy to grow tired of the repetitious food choices very quickly. That is why the meal plan also comes with a modest supply of $150 Dooley Dollars per semester, which can be used at the majority of the other on campus food locations like Cox, Zaya, and Dunkin Donuts, as well as at some local chains like Dominoes. While $150 Dooley Dollars per semester may seem like a lot, they go quickly, and many freshmen even manage to spend them all in the span of just a couple weeks. Thankfully, after freshman year, other meal plan options open up featuring far larger quantities of Dooley Dollars. What's important here is that Emory isn't going to let you become that stereotypical starving college kid. They take care of you and make sure that you have a place to eat at any time of the day.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the freshmen dorms at Emory can be a hit or miss, unless you know the tricks. Themed housingÂ? is the trick. The best available dorms are technically themed, while the older and not so good ones are not. The themed housing requires an application well before school starts, which is why a lot of students miss out on it and can potentially end up in Emory's oldest and therefore smallest dorm, Dobbs. That being said, Emory has made a major financial commitment to its First Year at Emory (FYE) housing. Within the last several years, five new freshman dorms have been constructed: Turman, Longstreet-Means, Hamilton Homes, Few, and Evans. Additionally, they tore down one of the older dorms, Trimble, and are constructing a brand new one in its place, as well as yet another new freshman dorm right next to it in order to complete the envisioned Freshman Quad. As for living in one of these dorms, Emory offers the opportunity to select a roommate beforehand or to be randomly paired. For the random matching, you are given the chance to select preferences so that if you want to quietly study in your dorm during week nights, you don't end up with someone who is only interested in partying 24/7 (and vice versa). Emory has very rigorous requirements for its RAs (resident advisors) and SAs (sophomore advisors) who live in the dorms with the freshmen, so regardless of which dorm you happen to live in, there are experienced upperclassmen ready and willing to help you get a running start to your college career.

    Academic Rigor

    As one of the top institutions in the nation, Emory can be very challenging academically. That being said, some programs are far more difficult than others, namely pre-medical school and the business school track. What makes these so hard is that they are very popular and competitive. The early sciences are intended to weed out freshmen that are not as well prepared for the rigors of medical school. Similarly, the business school requires an application, which is very competitive, and once accepted, the classes are on the bell curve system, meaning that a certain number of students must fall within each grade for the class (A,B,C, D, and F). This system fosters a lot of competition between students in the business school and should be taken into account if applying. While these are probably among the most difficult tracks at Emory, that isn't to say that humanities are easy. Most history and English classes require their fair share of reading and writing essays, and an extraordinary amount of talent and creativity is needed for a dance major. Needless to say, it is easy to be challenged at Emory. It makes you think deeply about what you're most passionate about and forces you to refocus your efforts toward your major. If this seems like too much pressure, there's no need to worry. As a freshman, there are certain GERs (General Education Requirements) that must be met by graduation (though it is recommended to start as early as possible) which allow you a certain degree of leisure to experiment with classes and discover what's right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing I can say for a prospective student is to get involved with a few of the multitudes of clubs and organizations on campus. This is by far the best way to meet people with common interests, build up your resume, and truly make the most of your college experience. Do not be afraid to try something new. The worst thing that can happen is you decide that it's not for you, and then you move on to the next thing. There is truly something for everyone at Emory. Whether it's student government, club sports, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, or the Italian club, you will find your niche. You just need to be willing to stand out on the limb and reach for it.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is, if nothing else, a campus designed at broadening your perspectives both intellectually and culturally. Being an ethnically and religiously diverse community, in an even more racially varied city, Emory makes conscious steps to be self aware and incorporative of all of its students. In summation, there is something for everyone at Emory.

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 5 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a strong sense of community and smaller class sizes. You should be able to make your own fun (the surrounding towns don't offer the same sort of things that typical college towns would) or be willing to commute to downtown Atlanta or the main campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the campus- You should see what it looks like and get a sense of where it's located. Do an overnight visit- The thing that cemented my application to Oxford was my overnight visit. You meet real students and see what they really do in their free time and you get a real sense of what living in the dorm will be like. Shadow a class- Visiting a class will let you see what some professors are like, and usually you'll be able to see how big some of the larger classes are.

    Bang for the buck

    While I love everything about Oxford College, the tuition is a little steep and financial aid can be fun to try to fight out of the college. However, the officers are helpful and want you to come, so they'll try to help with the cost as best as they can.

    Am enjoying being here

    I would have to say that choosing Oxford College of Emory University was probably the best decision of my life. I catch myself instinctively telling people I'm going home or My friends back home when I talk about the college. I've even said it in conversations with my parents- while in my house! There's a strong sense of community and enough to do to keep you busy and happy.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm actually at the Oxford campus. The learning environment here is conducive to effective teaching. The classes are small enough that the professors take a personal interest in the students' education. Every class I have taken has moved at an appropriate pace for the professors to cover the material and for the students to grasp it. Also, the professors are always willing to help out after class time- through e-mail, office hours, etc.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Oxford is a wonderful place for students who are serious about their academics. If you are an efficient and hard-working student, you will have no trouble adjusting to the academic life here. There isn't much to do in the area around campus, but if you're willing to take shuttles to Emory you will find fun things to do on weekends. Overall, if you are concerned more about your academic life than your social life, Oxford is the perfect place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start on your applications ahead of time. Focus on portraying your true self through your essays. Remember that the admissions counselors want to know more about your personality, not just your academic ability. Also, visit the campus before you make a decision. It's the only way to know whether a school is a good match for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes here are challenging but the cost of tuition is incredibly high. While the academic standards do live up to the cost, it's important to know whether Oxford is in your budget. If not, make sure you're applying for several scholarships and speaking to the Office of Financial Aid on a regular basis. If you're willing to make the effort, Oxford is willing to help you in any way they can!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love living here. The campus is beautiful and the people are friendly. Because the campus is so small, I've found that your experience at Oxford will be much more enjoyable if you're an active member in clubs and organizations. It's a great way to keep yourself busy!

    Am learning a lot

    I'm actually a student at Emory's sister school, Oxford College of Emory. The classes are difficult and require a lot of studying outside of the classroom. You will find that students at Oxford are not only learning, but also learning to apply their knowledge elsewhere.

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Oxford is a diverse school and the people who attend the school are all different. If you enjoy trying new things and experimenting with life, then Oxford is great for you. Students here are motivated to learn and do well in their studies, so the atmosphere is rather competitive, but after classes, they know how to have a good time. If you can balance school and fun, Emory in general is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would make sure I visit both the Oxford and Emory campus before deciding which school. Don't quickly dismiss Oxford! Though it is rather small in size, you make close friendships with your classmates and professors. By going to Oxford, you can experience both a small and large campus because you will eventually go to the main campus anyways.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is pricey, but definitely worth it. You get an amazing education, experience every bit of the college social scene, make great connections, and since Emory is a prestigious institution, you're bound to obtain a job right after college or enter graduate school

    Am enjoying being here

    Currently, I am attending Oxford College. Albeit the small size, I actually find Oxford quite entertaining. It's extremely homely and you're able to quickly make friends. There are a myriad of clubs and many ways to get involved. Also, because it is a two year college (before you transfer to main campus), once you are a sophomore, you automatically become the seniors of the school. At first, Oxford may seem a bit boring, but don't be fooled by the peaceful campus; students find many ways to have fun...

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of education at Emory is top-notch. The professors are extremely amicable and open-minded to the students' inputs. They encourage you to discuss your opinions and seem interested in what you have to say. The school's liberal arts background also instills a different approach to learning. For instance, in my history class, instead of just learning of the history of western civilization, we discussed the architecture and fine arts that defined certain time eras. Emory professors definitely add a unique twist to learning.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Are you top 10% of your rank in class, highly motivated, willing to study, intelligent, possess leadership experience, don't hide behind the other person (with the small classes, if you do not know the material, the professor will learn rather easily), do not skip classes, career-driven, looking to build long-lasting relationships, want small classes with the professor focused on teaching, enjoy small town living, and willing to work long hours, then Oxford College of Emory University is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and apply for the Oxford Scholars Program if you are qualified. Visit Oxford College of Emory University, I am sure you will find it a warm, invigorating place where the students are highly motivated with many educational, social, career, and leadership opportunities. Apply for as many scholarships as possible; apply for financial aid early. Visit Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This is where you will spend your junior and senior years if you decide to attend Oxford College of Emory University. Ask questions, go to a future student weekend; I am quite sure you will find professors and administrators knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. Finally, visit the dormitory, eat at the dining hall and TALK TO OXFORD COLLEGE OF EMORY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS!

    Bang for the buck

    Oxford College of Emory University is very expensive, but it has an excellent financial aid program based on need. If you get accepted Oxford College of Emory University will assure you there are funds to pay the bills.

    Am enjoying being here

    Due to the size of Oxford College of Emory University, I found it most enjoyable being here. With less than 1,000 students, most know everyone on a 1st name basis. Oxford ?College of Emory University is the place where you will find friends for the rest of your life. Most students go home on weekends; out-of-state students travel to the Atlanta Campus for social activities. There are many service and social clubs and athletic groups on campus. The Pierce Leadership Institue offers many unique opportunities to exercise ones leadership skills or learn new skills.

    Academic Rigor

    Let's begin by saying that I am enrolled at the Oxford College of Emory University (Freshmen and Sophomore Students only) which is located in Oxford, GA about an 1 hour drive from the Emory University Atlanta Campus. Oxford College is a small campus with class size ranging from 12 - 20 on the average. During my 1st Semester at Oxford College, I found the Professors to be challenging, interested in their students, and thorough in covering the class material, the classes invigorating and interesting with a strong desire to TEACH versus doing research. I would say the Professors main objective is teaching the students. The professor are always available to assist students. If the student continues to flounder in the class, there are special program to get the student on-track. I found that class discussions continued outside of the classroom after the class was finished four the day. Yes, Oxford College of Emory University is a LEARNING CENTER!

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a heterogenous environment where they will be challenged. If you want to be in an environment where you could find someone who is completely opposite from you, or even similar to you, then Emory is perfect. There are so many different people to relate to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Emory is a wonderful school and if you really want to be here, I suggest you apply early, probably around Early Decision time to show your interest.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is constantly upgraded things from the dorms to the new university entrance. The main dining hall could have better food, but it's still good.

    Am enjoying being here

    The population at Emory is so diverse. I've met people who live not only across the United States but around the world. The social aspect of Emory definitely matches the academic environment. How many people can say they go to a top twenty school and have concerts with T.I., B.o.B, and Kid Cudi? In addition, it's not far from the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Emory is almost like a liberal arts school within a university. There are vast amounts of topics ranging from religion to sustainability.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. I am getting my BS and my BA and just from a science and art standpoint, I feel like I could walk out and get a job in both fields with the experience I've earned that also counted as credits toward my degree!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help, ASK! Don't ever stay quiet and act like you understand it all if you don't, because teachers at Emory make a point to be available for your questions. And, if you get to the end of the semester and don't do as well as you'd hoped, there will be more of a chance for you to fix a broken situation if they know you tried your hardest (that included SI sessions, attending class, and going to office hours!). Also, know where you stand as far as the goals you've set for your next level of education. They have mentoring offices and mentors available for you to ask the important questions and to get you on track with your peers. I didn't know about all the research opportunities available to me, and I went into the undergraduate science office one afternoon and came out with a paying research position. Literally.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is really expensive, but Emory gives you the best of both worlds: academic rigor and prestige, and a nurturing environment that supports extracurriculars and social events. With concerts and laser tag on McDonough, carnivals in Asbury Circle, ice-cream socials in the DUC every week, parties on frat row, drum circles on the hill, casino night at Clairmont, a skeleton that gets you out of class, free food and alcohol from local restaurants at the B-school and even more then I actually have time to write, Emory makes sure that you get a playtime that suits you in between all that work.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love my Emory experience. Sure there have been times when I've been absolutely fed up with classes and overwhelmed by meetings and group projects, but it's college. If you're not busy, what are you doing? But even with all that work, there is AT LEAST one thing every week that is fun and relaxing put on by either the college or one of our MANY student organizations. And, if by some miracle there isn't anything you feel like doing on campus, there's always a shuttle to take you almost anywhere you may need to go as a freshman without a car. If you want to learn more, watch our music video Emory Anthem on YouTube! But you might not get all the jokes unless you come…? :)

    Am learning a lot

    Even though Emory is known for its rigorous pre-med track, the other departments don't take their jobs lightly by any means! In fact, as a double major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Theater, I can say with first hand experience that both departments have a rigorous curriculum for the material they feel like you need to know to call yourself a major in their field, and teachers do more than your average top twenty school (professors designate a lot of office hours to their undergraduate students, which as I've heard from my friends at other 'big name schools', isn't always the case for undergraduates).

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 95

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. Police patrols campus every night and there are also call boxes all over campus that if you press a button a siren will ring and someone will be able to come and help you. There is also Night Owl, which is a late-night bus for students who don't feel safe walking back to their dorms at night. Students can call in and the bus will take you to your desired location.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities available for students to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club and activity for everything. There is varsity and club sport for every sport. If there isn't a club or activity that interests you, you can start your own club. I hear that it's not too difficult.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are someone who likes warm weather, small campuses, and getting free t-shirts Emory is the place for you. Be warned, a lot of studying is also involved as well as high-priced meal plans. Also, if you are interested in medical or business, this school is very geared towards these fields. Emory does offer a liberal arts education so students will be well-rounded in all areas of study. Emory also has a very good women's studies program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Emory has Wonderful Wednesdays every Wednesday for students, located in the center of campus. They love to pass out free stuff such as t-shirts, food, drinks, random knick-knacks, what have you. Music is played and it's a great way to start off Hump Day. There is also Dooley's Week which is kind of like a celebration week. There are concerts, tons of food, and tons of giveaways. Oh, forgot to mention our unofficial mascot, Dooley, who is a skeleton. He has a secret service posse and walks with a cane. He is the skeleton of James Dooley who did something very important for the school. There is also Dooley's Bowl for freshman. Best freshman dorm wins Dooley's Bowl.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a high-priced institution and keeps getting pricier since tuition is being raised for the year 2012-13. Though it is highly expensive, the institution has a huge endowment and if you are in need, Emory will usually give you a grant that covers most or all of the tuition. There is also Emory Scholars program that caters to students who have excelled in a particular area of study. Those students also receive grants. Emory is a little overpriced but they mostly make up for it with all of the on-campus resources they provide.

    What to do for fun

    Emory is located in Atlanta, technically. It's actually more located in Decatur, which is a suburb of Atlanta. Atlanta has so many things to do and places to go but the school is about twenty minutes away from downtown Atlanta. There, you can shop, eat, go dancing... pretty much anything. It can get expensive for freshmen in particular because they aren't allowed cars on campus and would have to take a cab. Emory does have concerts throughout the year though, so you won't have to pay anything for that. Previous concerts have had T.I., B.o.B., Kid Cudi, Ben Folds, Big Boi, and (Lupe Fiasco maybe?). There are also comedy performances from time to time on Emory's campus. Last year, we had Jo Koy and Rob Riggle. The school also hosts concerts featuring up-and-coming artists and many fun cultural events.

    Food and Dining

    All freshman are required to have the same meal plan and it's not that great. The general cafeteria for Emory is not the best I've seen (at least as far as colleges go). The cafeteria has a pizza/pasta station, grill area, wok, sandwich station, vegan station, classic station and dessert. The food is good the first week but gradually gets worse. By mid-semester, I didn't really care for the cafeteria food but it's not terrible. Besides the cafeteria, there is a food court with a few restaurants and an organic-food-to-go eatery in the Rollins School of Health. There is also food places at the Clairmont Campus and inside Woodruff Hall. Overall, not much variety with food but the food isn't too bad. The meal plans can get really expensive though!

    Dorm Life

    I found the dorm life to be great! It was easy to build up a close community and you tend to become this pseudo-family with other people in your dorm, but I can't speak for everyone. I lived in a great freshman dorm- Dobbs Hall! Some dorms are known to have closer community than others but those that don't have closer community tend to have nicer dorms with cleaner restrooms and better facilities. Again, that's not true for each dorm. Many times, the smaller dorms are the ones with the closer communities. Emory is renovating many of the dorms so there are more nicer-looking ones than shabbier ones. Many of the freshman dorms have community restrooms. Some dorms have suites in which two rooms share a bathroom. All dorms come with a kitchen, laundry room, and at least one (most of the time several) study lounges. There are RAs and SAs on each floor of each dorm. Also, Emory has a tradition of SongFest where each freshman dorm competes for points for Dooley's Bowl by singing and dancing. Many upperclassmen will attend this event to lend their support to the dorm they lived in freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes are designed to be particularly challenging, especially core classes for a major. Many of the classes related to science, business, and math are challenging for most people. The humanities and arts are less challenging, but what some people find to be more interesting. There is a good balance of difficult courses and easier-going ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Atlanta can get really hot and muggy in August and September. Freshman orientation is in August and it can get incredibly brutal out there. Dress accordingly. Also, it is a good idea to research majors that interest you beforehand so you'll know which classes you need to take for your major. You don't want to run out of time and not be able to complete your major requirements or general education requirements. Oh, and always visit the school before you enroll. You need to feel it out and make sure it's the right place for you.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is an overall great school with a variety of resources available to students-- numerous clubs covering an array of specific interests, free tutoring in any subject, a career center to help students build their resumes, free professional counseling (if necessary), mentoring offices for majors of study, and tons of activities for the students. With that being said, Emory is currently a top 20 school in the nation so some classes are pretty challenging which can get very stressful. Emory is also a pretty small school with a graduating class of a little over 1,000 so if that's your thing, then do it!

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    This school would be great for a student looking to dive into a vibrant city, attend a school with a great academic reputation, and be in diverse surroundings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the opportunity to go and visit campus! It is absolutely beautiful. The faculty, students, and staff were very open and quite welcoming to me when I visited.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to admit that although Emory is a bit expensive, I have yet to hear someone say that they were not able to secure a job or internship after graduation. Also, do not be discouraged by tuition as much aid is available.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emory student groups and organizations often put on many great concerts or host a variety of interesting programs that can be both fun/enjoyable and can also get you thinking and involved.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here at Emory are definitely great for those looking for a challenge but they are definitely doable. They have such a great diversity of topics and subjects to explore and allow yourself to find your own niche.

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, Athletic, Intelligent, Intellectuals, Nerds, and Energetic

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in plenty of activities in and outside the classroom. Be ready to change and definitely be open-minded Emory is pretty open and there no discrimination.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive but every cent of the money your paying is used for a good reason rather food,housing,and schooling, even to their shuttle bus system that goes to many great places.

    Will enjoy being here

    Definately a great close-knit community with wonderful people and plenty of activities.

    Will learn a lot

    Great teachers, alumni, and current students that are more than willing to help and are happy to be there and plenty of outside the classroom learning opportunities.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are truly genuine in their pursuits and are determined to get a good education. A great place for students who are life-long learners, who continue to be curious and actually want to learn what is being taught and are self-motivated. For students who are truly independent and mature, or even for those who need to mature a little. You must come not only with an open mind, but also an open heart. Emory is perfect for the kind of student who wants to truly take advantage of all opportunities given to them and considers academia his or her top priority-which it will become here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the different courses here. Also, meet new people everyday-you'd be surprised who'd end up being your best friend. Emory has a diverse student body and truly celebrates its diverse cultures. Have fun and explore Atlanta, join one of the several student organizations, study abroad. and work hard, but balance it well with enjoying yourself once in a while. Emory Admissions is one of the few schools who look at applications holistically: sure GPA and standardized test scores matter, but your extra curricular activities: clubs, service, work, etc. also matter to them. They not only want you to be well-rounded, but their incoming class to be well-rounded, so spend time on your application and think long and hard as to why you would want to come to Emory so you will stand out. Also, visit the campus to get a feel of the place-ambiance is a big factor in college decisions.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory tuition is a bit steep. However, it is a private school and the state of the economy is in an adverse. If looking for ways to pay for college, look at scholarship sites, Emory Scholars Program (merit aid for America's smartest and most talented high school seniors), Questbridge scholars (for certain income brackets), and Financial Aid offices or loan companies. From what I've heard, Emory's Financial Aid office takes a lot into account. Emory is improving in food choice and quality and has definitely improved in housing options in the last few years. I am a rising sophomore and freshmen year I felt like I was I was living in a 5-star hotel! The campus is beautiful and you do feel that the tuition money is going towards something useful.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people are what make your college years so special. The campus is so lively all the time-with concerts from One Republic to the Taste of Emory, there is always something going on. There are several resources available to try something new and pave your own path. You will always find people who welcome you with a hug and who will support your every decision. Transportation is easy as well through the MARTA and the Cliff shuttles to facilitate trips around the vibrant city.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes and curriculum expose you to many fields of study. The graduation requirements compel you to take a variety of classes. Most classes are small, and even in larger, introductory classes, you are easily able to get to know the professor. I fully believe that the students and professors are both working for their own cause. Classes are challenging, but are an impetus for you to think outside the box. With professors who are known and recognized worldwide for their research, you know you are getting the best of both worlds. Professors are there to help and are available through office hours and challenge you in ways you thought you'd never be challenged. The best thing about Emory is that it is a very well-rounded university in that it is not only known for one academic pursuit. The numerous graduate schools and prolific ambiance of academia make this a great learning environment.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 95

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    Campus Safety

    Having transferred from a large party school where I never really felt safe, Emory is a haven for me. I see Emory Police patrolling all the time and security features like call boxes on campus make me feel quite safe. In any major city it pays off to be smart about going places alone and to be alert.

    Greek Life

    There are a few sororities and fraternities on campus if you are interested. If Greek Life is not attractive to you it is easy to avoid.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations where you can find your niche. Volunteering is very important to students here.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, motivated students will appreciate the opportunities for growth in this challenging environment. If you are passionate about something, Emory gives you the tools to make an impact.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore on campus, and one of my favorites is the balcony of top floor of the library. Dooley the skeleton is Emory's unofficial mascot, and as the Lord of Misrule he lets students out of class during Dooley's Week.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is expensive. However, the financial aid office is very generous if you have demonstrated financial need. If you do not have financial need, there are a few merit scholarships available in addition to outside scholarships. At the end of the day you are paying for a highly respected private college with outstanding professors and curriculum located in a very desirable place to live. It is worth the investment.

    What to do for fun

    There are many parks in the area, and Emory actually owns nearby Lullwater park. Emory is also close to Little Five Points, Buckhead, and Virginia Highlands if you like to shop. Of course there is downtown Atlanta for the club scene. On campus there is a club, team, or organization for just about every hobby or activity.

    Food and Dining

    Dobbs University Center (AKA The DUC) has a typical cafeteria. There are lots of choices and everything is very fresh. Cox Hall Food Court is a little more expensive but convenient. There are also two Einstein's Bagels, a Starbucks, a Jazzman's Cafe, and a mediterranean restaurant on campus in addition to the restaurants in Emory Village. You will not starve.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty nice. The rooms are cozy but many have been recently renovated. Living on campus is very convenient. Housing staff are helpful as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are intellectually challenging. The professors are top notch, and students are absolutely expected to attend class and give 100%. Many classes encourage active participation. The effort is always worth the reward though. I have enjoyed all of my classes and the professors really do want to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades and test scores are important because they are an indicator of how well you will handle the academic rigor. Leadership experience is extremely important- Emory prides itself in attracting people ready to make an impact.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is wonderfully challenging in so many ways. The academics and professors are superb, and the diverse student body is full of passionate people. Atlanta itself is the ideal location because it is full of opportunity.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 95

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    Campus Safety

    Emory has a very safe campus with a good police department that ensure students are in good hands. There is an escort service provided and there are emergency podiums everywhere on campus with telephones and an alert button in the case of an emergency. Never have I felt completely unsafe on the campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not familiar with the Greek Life, but I understand that a good proportion of Emory is envolved with it, and it seems to have an active but not socially overbearing presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The student organizations and clubs here always keep the campus lively. I was active in a religious organization where many different activities, gatherings, and outings were planned. Wonderful Wednesday occurs every week, where many clubs come together at a place called Asbury Circle and throw a small celebration with giveaways and displays.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are self-directed and organized. Students need to also have a sense of independence. In terms of aesthetics and quality of living, Emory really ranks high in these areas. The architecture of the buildings and upkeep of the campus is excellent and contributes to better living. Those who appreciate an aesthetically beautiful campus will enjoy it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the on-campus mascot called Dooley who was believed to be an old student who now takes form as a skeleton who can sometimes be found at campus events. He also is rumored to dismiss classes if he enters one, which can be an interesting event.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many times when I feel the same quality of education could be received at a much less expensive school, but when coming to Emory you do receive the name and world class education that people come from many other states and countries to obtain. Many students also receive financial aid and scholarships, so it is not expensive for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Emory Village has a number of good shops and restaurants, which can be great for a nice night out. It is small in size, but expansions are being done at this time. There is also another shopping facility being built near the CDC building from what I have heard, which should compete with larger shopping locations. At night, there is amusement to be found at various places on campus as well as off campus. Having a car on campus is a big plus though, allowing you to go into Atlanta where there is much more to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Emory can be good but only is some places. The Dobbs University Center is the main eating facility, which is not too bad but not the best. The good thing is that there is variety in the kinds of places to eat, such as the on-campus restaurant Ziyas, as well as Cox Hall which has a Chick-Fil-A, a frozen yogurt place, and a sushi bar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Emory University is very good. A lot of money has been put into building a lot of new dorms in the recent years, and most of the underclassmen are given a relatively new and modern residence hall. Upperclassmen are also given good options at the Clairmont Campus which provides apartment style living.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not an easy school and there is a competitive atmosphere but it is very possible to have good grades. Being organized is key to this, and being proactive about work is also important, but any student is capable of excelling in this environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise a prospective student to use the first semester to get a feel for all the options at this school in terms of concentration and major, and then carry out a set plan to fulfill a major. Reaching out to advisors and professors is also very important, because while they are there to help, they require initiative from the student and can become a great asset if accessed properly.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is a top ranked school that allows students to pursue a diverse range of interests. Their foundation for learning is through a liberal arts education, which allows students to get exposed to many different ideas and become comfortable with a concentration of study. Overall, the school provides an excellent atmosphere for students to excel in their choice of professional field.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 95

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wonderful Wednesdays. Every Wednesdays, local restaurants and businesses come out and give out free stuff

    Bang for the buck

    The poorer you are, the more financial aid you will receive from Emory University.

    What to do for fun

    Hit up the atlanta nightlife and go to clubs. Lot's of music festivals as well

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is very repetitive and not very good. Not a lot of options to eat out if you do not have a car

    Dorm Life

    Very nice freshmen dorms and getting rid of the older ones for newer more eco friendly dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough classes. If you do not keep up with work then you will be screwed.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot of free time so make sure you do not fall for doing whatever you want and stay on track for classes.

    In three sentences

    Emory University features a lot of diversity. It has a beautiful campus as well as people from all over the country as well as many international students. I do not regret at all going to Emory University.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 18 of 95

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    Campus Safety

    Generally safe. Some rumors of girls being raped and guys being forced into homosexual bondage by frats, but few want to talk about it if they have been victims so truth hard to find. Most young guys say they have been kidnapped at least once, but then usually won't talk (threats?). I've been kidnapped twice in 2 years. Sorry, but I can't even bear to think about it any more.

    Greek Life

    Same cliques again and often same frats as their parents. Frequent claims of homoerotic initiations and parties, and rumors of frats being behind male temporary kidnappings. Sororities unknown to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs usually joined along with income clique. Others supposedly welcome, but often ignored or pranked if not true member of that income level or not approved by other members.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a lot of money who want to get a degree without working very hard. Good place to relax and have fun, but maybe disappointing to those used to global travelling.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of secret societies on campus, usually made up of students whose parents were friends before matriculation and very exclusive. Some evidence of homosexual, sadistic, and pranking groups, but mostly rumors of unknown validity.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory used to have a good reputation. Now, no one knows what the true statistics are. Since they lied about their academic prowess, they owe every student who enrolled during the time it misrepresented itself a refund of tuition and expenses. They should also pay for any student who wishes to transfer to a school with valid high criteria by paying the transfer student's tuition and expenses at the new school. Many people and their parents were misled by Emory's lies and may well have chosen the school based on those lies. They are entitled to remedy.

    What to do for fun

    Drinking is always present and many students are drunk in classes. Drugs are readily available and most have prescriptions from their personal physicians for drugs they can share with friends. Xanax, Valium, Oxycodones, Fentanyl patches, and medical marijuana seem to be preferred.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good but everyone always complains and compares to meals in Paris or Rome.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of partying, but very cliquish. Groups form along income lines mostly, and conversations are about visits to celebrities and stock market killings. Lots of new cars. Hard to fit in but fun if you find a niche. No entry to $billion club for vast majority.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned, courses seem easy compared to University of Vermont or Georgetown. Professors often overwhelmed by their own subjects or not well-versed in them. Unaware of recent research, for example.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school if you just need an easy degree. but not so great if you want to learn or excel in a field.

    In three sentences

    Not the place if you want to learn. Mostly rich kids that already have careers planned out for them, just getting degrees for the formality of it. Courses very simplified compared to University of Vermont or Georgetown courses I have taken, most elementary school level. False data about academics published by university (see news reports).

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, but like to have a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework. Make sure you really want to be at the school you plan to attend and have a back-up plan if you don't get into your first choice.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory's cost is its only down side. I do think in the end it will totally be worth it though.

    Am enjoying being here

    While it is a huge transition from home, I love it here. I have made quite a few great friends and love being responsible for myself all the time. I wouldn't choose to be anywhere else!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are great! They are so much more in depth than high school classes and really help me to learn a lot in the particular subject area.

  • 03/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    While scores are important, the essays should be unique and real. Set yourself apart without making yourself a superhero.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is expensive, but work studies are usually easy to get.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emory is flooded with organizations. I think everyone can find a niche.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many classes and opportunities to discover your passion. The GERS really force you to take classes in several fields but leave time for major classes and classes of interest.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 95

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    Bang for the buck

    A but expensive if you're not a Georgia resident, but then again it is a private school.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and pleasant to walk through!

    Will learn a lot

    From my visit here, the campus atmosphere is very academic. I also like that they have a program where you can earn your bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking and involved with numerous things

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started on the application early. Make sure you have everything lined up and that you'll make the deadlines.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very expensive though the college does make an attempt to provide financial aid to those who need it.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's in the heart of Georgia and there's plenty of activities and places to go to.

    Will learn a lot

    Emory has a very strong academic background and is very serious about school first, play second.

  • 10/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a solid education with a liberal arts background.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is high, but Emory meets 100% of demonstrated need.

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus and great environment!

    Will learn a lot

    Everyone on campus seems very helpful, and all the professors care about how you are doing in class.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 95

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    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek life. Many sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking into careers in medicine or business. Students who are interested in community service.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Emory University has 2 mascots. One is Swoop the eagle whom attends all the sport events. The other is a curios skeleton named Dooley that seems to always linger around...

    Bang for the buck

    Great education but very pricey. However there are many opportunities for financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Atlanta is not far away, so it is easy to explore the city. There are also many events on campus: concerts, festivals, game nights etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know how to study at a university level. I recommend going to the supplemental instruction sessions and going to professor office hours. It's a lot more difficult than you think.

    In three sentences

    Emory is a competitive university, and if you were the top of your class before prepare to be challenged. However, it presents a nurturing and pleasant environment where you can explore other interests and discover new passions. Overall, Emory University gives students both a challenging and lovable environment to live and learn in.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 95

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    Food and Dining

    I spent 3 days and 2 nights at Emory and campus food is not something I'd advocate for...nevertheless they have a wide selection of it! From Kosher to Vegan, low calorie foods, snacks, desserts, breakfast and dinner! What you find depends on when you come to the DUC. And of course there are other restaurants on campus for which you can use you Emory Card with for student discounts or just money...

    Dorm Life

    Every building has different kind of dorms, the newest buildings have the best dorms, in which the space is better used compared to old building dorms which seem rather cramped.

    Academic Rigor

    In the regional colleges of the South, it doesn't get any more rigorous than Emory.

    In three sentences

    A spacious abode that calls for deep thinking and serenity. Tall buildings full of knowledge. A place that can be called home and school at the same time.

  • 11/17/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 11 people found this review useful. 26 of 95

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    Bang for the buck

    If I can learn what I need to learn then it could be worth the money i'm putting towards the school.

    Will enjoy being here

    I think by me trying to attend the school I would have fun on campus.

    Will learn a lot

    By what I have researched I think I can learn enough to pursue my career

  • 03/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Emory is such a diverse campus, so make sure your application stands out. In your first year, don't be afraid to take a class outside of your field of study. Taking a random class might open your eyes to a new major you had never considered.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive, but I believe it is worth all the money. Classes are small, so I have the opportunity to talk with my professors on a regular basis. The Emory community provides so many resources to students in order to help them both in the classroom as well as in future careers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed my classes my first year, and I am glad that I have the opportunity to really get to know many of my professors. Beyond academics, Emory offers so many volunteer opportunities, support, and activities to fit all interest. Plus, Atlanta is such a great place to be a college student!

    Am learning a lot

    I could not be more pleased with my decision to come to Emory. Along with a wonderful academic reputation, Emory offers students many opportunities to explore interests and extracurricular activities. Students here are highly motivated to achieve success, but also know the importance of giving back to the community. Professors are interested in helping students reach their potential.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    strong studier, hard partier types it seems.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd recommend visiting the campus so you can see if it's for you

    Bang for the buck

    school is pricey but the financial aid office is reasonable

    Will enjoy being here

    Busy with schoolwork but great social scene

    Will learn a lot

    great academics

  • 06/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students highly focused on education.You can not lose motive!

    Will enjoy being here

    They have a lot of programs and concerts!

    Will learn a lot

    They allow freshmen to get started researching early.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Its a pretty expensive school but it does make up for it with a great education. However, the university does everything legally possible to empty out your pockets, such as: university edition textbooks, high dorm fees, and awful, expensive foods.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emory has one of the most beautiful campuses in the south. Students and faculty are easy to get along with and provide a great experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Being one of the top Universities in the nation, Emory University definitely provides its students with the best education possible. The courses and professors give each student a thorough understanding of the material and help you learn the subject matter.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Committing

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    This is the school that I plan to transfer to after I have received my degree from Georgia State University. It's one of the top medical schools in the state of Georgia.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but overall worth it in my opinion. I didn't receive as much financial aid as I had hoped, but the quality of education here beats most. I live in the Atlanta area, so I saved a lot on travel expenses by choosing to attend Emory.

    Will enjoy being here

    Emory's known for some of its traditions on campus like Songfest and other dorm to dorm activities. Atlanta itself is an awesome place to be. The location of Emory is pretty much the perfect college atmosphere - nice shops, good nightlife, and overall environment.

    Will learn a lot

    Emory has a wide variety of classes. I am currently unsure of my major, but as Emory is one of the best liberal arts school, I am sure to be able to use the knowledge I will learn here and apply it anywhere.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there is definitely something for everyone on campus

    Great for these types of students

    driven, motivated, goal-oriented

    Bang for the buck

    very expensive, but worth it. you get what you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    atlanta is a city for shoppers, movie-goers, artists, anyone! there is so much to do, culturally diverse, and just a great place for young people as far as opportunities go!

    Food and Dining

    i did not eat while on campus, but the dining area was extremely nice and recently renovated.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms i saw were very nice. the only downside is that they are a little on the small side when compared to some of the other schools i visited.

    Academic Rigor

    from what i can tell, emory is top notch academically and the coursework is rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus! i am a graduating senior this year. emory was not number 1 on my list at all - until i visited the campus this past summer. i immediately fell in love and did not even apply to my original #1 school.

    In three sentences

    emory u is an amazing school! the campus is beautiful, and the city of atlanta is full of things to do! expensive, but worth it!

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    not so serious, other fraternities hang out with others. can attend the school without dealing with them. however, if you are into it and find friends in greek life, it is definitely available!

    Bang for the buck

    if emory is too expensive, its unfortunate...however, if you can attend, i would. the service for anything whether its record transcripts, recommendations, networking, or simply cash register interaction...the service is stellar as a private school. they are quick and many employees know exactly what to give you in a fashionable time.

    What to do for fun

    clubs, bars, golf courses, museums, aquariums, parks, concerts, sports games...so many things to do!

    Food and Dining

    campus food is ok. chick fil a and other various options however, on campus dining hall food is typical. outside of campus, atlanta has hot spots for foods and discounts that come along with it!

    Dorm Life

    they spoil you with grand bathroom doors and large rooms. to be a third or fourth year at the clairmont dorms is a blessing to ride the shuttle and avoid traffic. clairmont campus has their own bridge to cross and only shuttles can take the road...thus no traffic!!!

    Academic Rigor

    chemistry was the most difficult class for me. as a senior, i struggled with the pace of the class. however, most freshman in my class did well due to past education from high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    contact admissions continuously throughout the year to show you are interested in attending the school!

    In three sentences

    emory has a beautiful campus designed for students to interact, build, and flourish after college. located in the city of decatur, emory is close to many businesses around atlanta to create job opportunities for internships as well as full time jobs.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dooley's week: the unofficial mascot goes around campus and lets out class if the professor cannot answer a question correctly.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel like i'm getting so much free stuff here at emory that it is definitely worth the money and more. the clash of culture, new foods, exciting music, free t-shirts, ipad raffles, and sweet opportunities to meet famous people are just some of the perks of being an emory eagle.

    What to do for fun

    run through the quad, go to frat row, go to lenox mall, explore little five points or virginia highlands.

    Food and Dining

    freshmen get unlimited swipes at and an additional $150 per semester to spend at any of the many restaurants on campus, including starbucks, pizza hut, freshens smoothies, and chik-fil-a. dining at dobbs does have a lot of options including a vegan station but it closes at 8pm.

    Dorm Life

    students are guaranteed housing for the first two years. freshmen dorms are luxurious hotel-style with private bathrooms and semi-suites. new dorms are constantly being built. sophomore housing is also conveniently located near central campus and some even have parking lots for student use.

    Academic Rigor

    emory has some top professors, especially in the economics department and the business school. classes are fun and challenging. if you get into emory, you should not have a problem keeping up the curriculum of the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't miss the fall and spring band parties where the hottest artists hold private (and free) concerts for all emory students (plus lots of free stuff). dip your toes in new activities as there are over 300 clubs and organizations to join.

    In three sentences

    emory is surprisingly the perfect grounds for culturing new ideas. even though it doesn't have a football team, emory is still high in spirit and makes up for it in swimming and soccer. above all, emory is the perfect combination of nature-esque suburbia and busy city since it is only ten minutes away from central atlanta.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    emory is a very safe community. one of the neat things: there are speacial poles with blue lights installed at the end of almost every curb that say “emory police”. if you feel unsafe at anytime (especially at night) you can press the button on the pole, and a police car will come to that exact location and pick you up, no questions asked. you will be delivered to your specified location safely. also, on a given day, you will find that police officers drive through the area. keep in mind, they are keeping check to maintain a safe campus for you.

    Greek Life

    fraternities and sororities are available on campus for students who are interested in joining. emory is not a big party school, but greek life does a good job of hosting good parties. also, most of greek life are very focused on service/giving back to the emory community, so membership is a great way to participate in that initiative and make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to count! although it might seem like an organization for everything under sun already exists, students here are very creative and initiate new clubs daily. volunteering is big at emory. ergo, one of the biggest and prosperous clubs on campus is volunteer emory, a social justice hub and a great way for students to get involved in atlanta communities and participate on international service trips. emory even has its own volunteer day. as you may sense, emeroids (nickname for emory students) stay very involved in academics as well as community.

    Great for these types of students

    -self-motivated towards excellence -interested in bettering themselves -looking to create a better world -involved and creative -social activists/leaders

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    emory’s mascot is dooley, the skeleton that is known to get students out of class periodically and especially on the week of halloween. everyone loves dooley and he has his own escorts. no one knows who dooley is: it’s emory’s well-kept secret...but it’s always fun to see him come out and interact with students and faculty. also, one of the most wonderful traditions at emory is the carter town hall event, during which emory hosts former u.s. president jimmy carter. it is a huge evening, and everyone is invited to hear president carter’s speech. another tradition is the tedx emory event, where the emory community is invited to participate in ted talks. another tradition is the emory movie festival, during which emory student-filmmakers exhibit their self-made productions. there are too many awesome traditions at emory for me to list them all without exceeding the word limit, so i’ve hit my favorite highlights. keep in mind: there’s lots to get involved in here!

    Bang for the buck

    emory definitely has the best bang for your buck. it’s sometimes called “the harvard of the southeast” just for that reason. there is no better place where you can not only earn your professional degree, but really be encouraged to act maturely, communicate ideas effectively, and pursue your passion, whatever it is. one really meets top-quality professionals and people here. you’ll just have to visit to believe it.

    What to do for fun

    as a university, emory is really perfectly settled, because around you is atlanta--a large metropolitan city! the university itself boasts a scholarly atmosphere because of its location--you feel as if you’re a student in a small college town with incredible resources down the street (like the cdc), only don’t be fooled that you’re in the middle of nowhere in terms of fun! the historic city of decatur is walking distance, which gives you access to a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bookstores. although mixed with suburban residential neighborhoods, the emory area is bursting with college and professional students, which makes it easier to make friends and not travel too far for entertainment. emory is host to international festivals, film premieres, tedx talks, and seminars throughout the year, so there is no doubt that students get to learn and experience a lot, while still having fun.

    Food and Dining

    emory university tries its best to satisfy each student’s dining needs. they have several vegetarian, vegan, and soy options. the food is good and every meal you get, you’re bound to get all the healthy food groups on your plate. of course, there are fast-food places nearby the university, but emory really emphasizes what’s healthy, so you’re not eating pizza or burgers every day. the staff is always friendly and welcoming, so an newcomer should not be afraid to ask about an option they do not see right away--chances are, the food item may not be out, but the staff will be responsive if you need anything special. also, because of its dedication to students, emory dining sends out a survey every couple of months to get a sense of how they’re doing and if the college population is satisfied with their service and food options. make sure to respond to those surveys! dining will change if there’s enough concesus on something.

    Dorm Life

    emory university residential services really care about student-residents and sustainable housing. emory has recently built completely new, environmentally-friendly dorms, which have new furniture (bed, dresser drawers, table and chair) for each student in the room and both fresh paint/carpeting. residence halls are always clean and bright, with common areas for group study and hall meetings. there are also some closed smaller rooms, especially for group or individual study. there are ras (student leaders-resident advisors) on each floor and each dorm is safe 24-7 because there is someone from residence services is always on duty. emory dorms also have a kitchen, tv/pool table area, and several laundry rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor at emory university is just right for the money. faculty have a great reputation for challenging their students, so open-mindedness is key. classes require hours and hours of preparation: reading, studying, and review--know what you’re signing up for. on the other hand, the university is a great support network of knowledgeable students, student supplemental instructors (sis), and phenomenal professors who will go out of their ways to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best preparation for emory is to take as much ap/ib classes as possible or probabable during your high school or secondary education. these will be a great jump-start to you academically, because if you do well (4 or 5) on the ap/ib exams, you will fulfill most of your “general education” requiremements during your first 2 years. this will give you the chance to explore some new academic areas of interest to you or start working towards your major. also, try to stay involved in what your passionate about and speak up in class. i know this sounds really cliché, but practicing participation will help you make a seamless transition from high school to college.

    In three sentences

    a great university for those who are serious about their education and getting a degree that will help them become best in their professional field. very helpful faculty and an incredibly scholarly atmosphere. the price is definitely worth it, though very good financial aid/scholarships are available!

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for any type of individual at Emory. If you cannot find your fit it is fairly easy to start your won club.

    Great for these types of students

    emory is great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sundae monday is a tradition for the Oxford campus. Every monday free ice cream sundaes are given out at dinner.

    What to do for fun

    The school hosts several events that are intriguing and fun. Also we are located in Atlanta, Georgia and there are a plethora of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of food, and students are able to experience the food of several different cultures.

    Dorm Life

    The living facilities are nice, but it's all about the community in which you live.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no easy course; every class requires hard work and dedication. In the end it is all worth it because you can fully comprehend the material beyond what is presented in a text book. Real life application is grained from this trying experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard. There is no easy course at this school, and at some point in time you will feel overwhelmed, but do no be discouraged. Emory has created a great community of people that will help you succeed if you are willing to put in the work.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is a great school. It pushes you beyond your limits, and shows you how much you are capable of learning and comprehending. The environment is ideal to develop and extremely educated individual who can make a change in this world.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school mascot is a skeleton. A tad strange for a student attending Candler School of Theology.

    What to do for fun

    Atlanta offers theme parks like Six Flags, hiking near the Appalachian trail, theaters, museums, fine dining, and all the trappings of a large city. Fun will be easy to find.

    Food and Dining

    Atlanta is a metropolis city full of multicultural ethnicities. Any food craving can be amply satisfied, and price ranges are from prince to pauper.

    Dorm Life

    I am a family woman with a husband, child and dog. The Admissions Office gave me a comprehensive list of rentals in the near area within a reasonable price range. The school will help your transition to Atlanta, GA to be easy by providing you information on housing, daycares, and neighborhoods.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is one of 25 colleges and universities named a “New Ivy by Kaplan/Newsweek’s in 2007. Expect the academic rigor to challenge and stretch your worldview. Want the challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Thoroughly examine the website before writing your essay. When addressing why you want to attend Emory, use professors who emulate the career choice you aspire to. The school puts great information on the website to be helpful, so show them it helped you.

    In three sentences

    Emory Candler School of Theology is keen on fairness as they decline to hold personal interviews with prospective students because they want to ensure zero bias in the application process. As such, rather than visiting the school grounds, I rated Emory purely on credentials, helpfulness, and substance. Overall, the school is excellent, and the knowledgeable admissions team outshines any green lawn and sparkling sidewalk.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Really, really safe. Emory is tucked away from downtown Atlanta, but it's not a long drive to get to the busy parts of the city.

    Greek Life

    From what I've heard, it doesn't dominate the social scene, but the fraternities host a chunk of the school's social activities. But, you can totally be independent and not be judged.

    Great for these types of students

    Emory is top-notch professional. The students who would fit the most here don't mind being anti-social once in a while, although it's pretty hard to since everybody is so friendly and helpful. There are some party-hards, but mostly everyone balances work and social lives. Emory is still competitive, especially in the medical and business sectors of the school, but everybody finds the time to relax and lay out in the gorgeous Atlanta weather. It's liberal in terms of the Southern political spectrum, but compared to other schools in the North, it's pretty conservative. However, there are practically no cases of intolerance towards the LGBT community; in fact, a certain majority of the student population either don't care or support it whole-heartedly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley, the unofficial Emory mascot, is a gangly skeleton that FREES THE STUDENTS FROM CLASS EARLY! Not kidding. There's a tradition that when Dooley comes class to class, the students are allowed out of class early.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that Emory could utilize its monetary funds towards better causes rather than try to improve the look of the school. For example, the computer labs in Emory are technologically prestigious (Macs galore!), but students could care less if its a PC or Mac. More students complain about the food options than the technical difficulties that they experience with the computer lab.

    What to do for fun

    Atlanta nightlife is more fun than campus life, to be honest, but Emory offers just as much as any other college campus does. They host Dooley Ball, which is hilarious and awesome.

    Food and Dining

    Emory's food plan is required for freshman, and although the food seems to be plentiful for the first few months, it quickly gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends dorm to dorm. Emory has this housing program where they put you in dorm that has a theme. For example, one of the dorms has extremely small rooms, but the halls are small too, and this fosters a stronger community spirit. This dorm holds the leadership theme. Then, there is the awesome environmental dorm that holds the go green theme. There are more dorms that exist too.

    Academic Rigor

    The best things about Emory are the professors and the workload. The professors are willing to work with you if you need help, and the student government association at Emory holds a program that pays the professors to take their students out for coffee in order to get personal with them. Then, there's the workload. It's a lot, but it's not going to be overbearing. The advantage to the workload is that students have enough to keep them busy but not enough to steal their social lives. Also, grade inflation exists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Emphasize your open-mindedness and enthusiasm for the school's research program. Find one or two aspects of the school that you /really/ like (that means you need to research into Emory before applying for it) and, for Emory's supplement, write about how much you like it.

    In three sentences

    Diverse Laid-back Competitive

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights everywhere, and I feel very safe walking on campus alone. Just don't go places alone at times when you know there aren't a lot of people around, like on spring break when most people have left campus. My roommate was walking back to her dorm during spring break at night and nearly got kidnapped. But as long as you're careful, it's very safe.

    Greek Life

    About half of the student body participates, but huge percentages attend their parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    While there are plenty of activities advertised in chalk on Emory's sidewalks, I'm not sure who actually goes to these events. If you go to Emory, check it out, I'm sure you'll make friends more quickly.

    Great for these types of students

    Extremely driven people who also love to party--there's a ton of that, too. But count on spending an inordinate amount of time at club libs--the Woodruff Library.

    Bang for the buck

    Awesome financial aid which yields a highly respected college degree. However, the bang-for-your-buck value of meal plans and housing leave something to be desired.

    What to do for fun

    Get to know people--there's not much to do at Emory except Emory itself. The Emory Bubble is notorious for shutting out the rest of the world. Don't kid yourself thinking you're going to an urban college, because Emory is in the (admittedly beautiful) heart of suburbia, with the only indicator of Atlanta found in the obscene traffic. Try to get out of the bubble with the Emory Experience shuttle on Saturdays, which goes to different places in Atlanta each week.

    Food and Dining

    Every freshman is required to have a meal plan with unlimited meal swipes, which are usable only at the DUC (cafeteria) and Woodruff (nighttime-only, salads, burgers, chicken tenders). The DUC is sometimes okay but most of the time it sucks, so count on getting tired of the food very quickly. It's also inconvenient that the staff of the DUC strictly enforces a no-to-go policy, which means you aren't allowed to take any food from the cafeteria, or any beverages except coffee and water.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms range from palaces to old, moldy nurses' quarters, but whichever dorm you end up in they will plan plenty of activities for you to do, and most people end up close with their hallmates. Just make sure to put yourself out the the first couple of months, don't hole up in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Although it is possible to have an easy semester here, almost no one does. Almost everyone enters Emory with the intent of being pre-med, but a huge percentage drop it after the impossible prerequisites. Keep up with your classes and make sure to take advantage of tutoring and office hours, though, and you'll survive. A degree from Emory is worth a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there socially as soon as you get there, don't lock yourself in your room, even if you are introverted. Keep up with your classes from the moment they start, and don't be afraid to go to tutoring. (EPASS is peer tutoring, free)

    In three sentences

    Everyone is pre-med, but only like a quarter of people stay pre-med. Emory is a very tough school, but it has great financial aid and advising, with plenty of tutoring services. There is a lot of partying, though, and it is difficult to find your niche if you are not a partier and if you are an introvert.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Oxford and Emory college are so secure and surveilled constantly by campus police and security.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge Greek life at Emory.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs such as LET'S GO MAD, BSA, student government, Greek life, sororities/fraternities, cultural connection clubs, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Oxford college is great for students who want smaller classes, less people, and a smaller campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I do not know any at the moment as I am only a prospective student.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes Emory university is an extremely expensive school compared to public schools in Georgia. However, the gains from high positioned jobs that one receives after completion of Emory will earn them enough money to pay back debts.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports, and extracurricular/center for civi engagement are the main things to do for fun at Emory university. Like other schools, Emory has clubs but unlike many other schools, these sports and clubs play a big part of the social atmosphere at Emory.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is said to not be the best at Oxford college of Emory university. However, at Emory college, there are a lot more eateries on campus such as Starbucks and einteisn's bagel bros.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is full of comraderie. This is especially true at Oxford colle of Emory university because there are substantially less students in attendance there.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is notoriously a school associated with academic rigor due to its graduate schools an high acceptances of graduates with top medical, business, and law schools. Emory will be challenging but only so because it prepares it's students for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students like myself should expect hard work, late nights, and an overall extension of the high school studies just at the collegiate level. Social life in college is huge and there is much to anticipate in that arena of college life at Emory. Prospective students should come into Emory positively and optimistically with the mindset of obtaining success.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is ranked number 20 in the nation for the best colleges. It's prestige has been built up over years of students hard work and post college success. It is easily one of the betsy schools for post secondary education in the south east

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emory police are easily reachable, always on duty, and quick to respond. There are many safety standards in place on and around campus. Atlanta is a high-crime area, so feeling safe on campus is definitely important. Emory offers that comfort without a doubt!

    Greek Life

    I personally was not involved in Greek life, but I have never heard a bad thing about it, only good reviews.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for pretty much anything you can imagine. And if Emory doesn't offer it, you can start it!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, can handle stress well, can balance school and life, are willing to accept a challenge

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley Week

    Bang for the buck

    Great resources, great connections, great opportunities!

    What to do for fun

    Little Five Points, Lenox Square Mall

    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten on campus, but there are some great places to eat around Emory (Falafel King, Yogli Mogli, etc.)

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus. I live with my parents about 2 hours away for financial reasons, and it is the worst decision I have ever made.

    Academic Rigor

    Work load and class rigor are high compared to other schools in the area, but you get out of it what you put into it. Emory is great for students who want to truly gain something from their undergraduate experience and further their career, whether academically or professionally.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of the college experience Emory has to offer. Live on campus and get involved! Be sure to balance academics with social and extracurricular activities. Also, make sure to use all of your resources to your best advantage because Emory has some great ones to offer!

    In three sentences

    Emory is a great school for inspired and motivated students, regardless of career path. It offers a perfect balance of academics and student services, along with a beautiful campus and social involvement. It is one of the many pleasures nestled in the heart of Atlanta.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For students who want to grow as a person: academically, socially, and personally. For students whose values are education, hard work, and preparing for the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lord Dooley is our unofficial school mascot. He's a skeleton who reigns Emory University. We have a week during spring semester called Dooley's Week where Dooley goes to several classes. This, in turn, cancels classes for that day. We have a coke toast. Emory and Coke have a great relationship.

    Bang for the buck

    It depends, however. They have a lot of opportunities, such as guest lectures by Nobel laureates, famous writers (former US poet laureate), and other people. However, it's up to you to manage your time so you can go to these activities.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to frat parties, poetry readings, guest lectures, concerts, hanging out with friends, watching movies, work out, walk around, and join a club.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food at the DUC. I like the staff there. Breakfast is my favorite meal: I say hi to the staff member whom I hand my Emory card to, I get scrambled eggs, bacon, and biscuits, and then I get pineapple and then yogurt. Finally, I get a glass of oj.

    Dorm Life

    My RA and SAs were amazing. They were supportive of me. They reassured me when I did not do well on my Chemistry exam. They supported me when I tried dancing. They set up activities that our floor could participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of work but not impossible. You have to go to EPASS Tutoring, form study groups, go to office hours, and do homework consistently. If you do all this, you will most likely be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to the students at Emory. Ask them their best and worst experiences there. Be sure to ask a lot of people because each person carries a different experience at Emory. Once you get the collective feel, decide whether you feel like you would belong here. I suggest going to classes as well to see how professors teach and reading up on the history at Emory.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is what you make of it. All the ingredients for you to succeed lie within your grasp at Emory, but you have to actively seek academic support, meet with the professors, go to club meetings, talk to the staff, follow up with emails, and manage time. I do not regret attending Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    While I am not involved in the Greek Life, I can certainly tell that it is exciting. Greeks are heavily involved in Emory's activities and play a big role in campus events. I know lots of people involved in frats and sororities and they're awesome people. And, the parties are pretty good too. ;)

    Clubs and Activities

    Emory has countless clubs and activities that you can get involved in. You can even start your own. There's nothing you can't do here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One word: DOOLEY. Dooley is basically our adopted mascot. We have things like Dooley's Week in the spring where Dooley can get you out of class and you celebrate his existence during the weekend. It creates such life on campus and is literally one of the most exciting weeks during the entire school year.

    Bang for the buck

    I will say this: Emory is INCREDIBLY expensive (too expensive if you ask me). There's a lot that is offered, but I feel that SO much more could be offered for the price we're paying. College is expensive enough, but going to Emory is a whole new ball game. I just wish there was more to it; either that, or that it was MUCH cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    There are SO many activities and things for students to get involved in. It is impossible to be bored. Emory offers so many things to do not only during the week but also on the weekend. I am involved in RUF, and I am literally off campus almost every weekend. I have things to do during the week that keep me entertained and love the nightlife that Atlanta offers.

    Food and Dining

    Main place to dine is the DUC. It can be very repetitive and annoying sometimes, but it's the quickest place to go (it can be very yummy too!). Emory Village is a really nice area to walk to from campus (takes less than five minutes) and has really good choices for restaraunts. Overall, there's lots to choose from (especially if you still have Dooley Dollars and/or cold hard cash).

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms can either be awesome or downright awful (just being honest). Mine was downright awful. There's plenty of dorms to choose from (especially now that they are tearing down a decrepid dorm and are building a new one), but you can get the short end of the stick by getting stuck in a dorm like McTyeire or Harris. However, no matter where you are, you're sure to make friends with people in your hall. That's one of the things I love about living in one of the not-so-good dorms; you always have something in common: your state of living.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is definitely a difficult school. Don't expect classes to be easy (especially the sciences and the maths). However, the classes are so interesting, it's hard to not do well (Psychology and English/Creative Writing classes especially).

    Tips for prospective students

    I would let your first semester be one for exploration. Don't go in with a rigid state of mind about what you want to do. Find something you like or go for something you truly love. Don't let anyone else's opinions affect what you choose to do. Just be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Emory University has been the highlight of my life (so far). It is incredibly intellectually stimulating, and I absolutely love it here. I can't imagine being anywhere else.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Emory offers every club a student could possible desire -Â? and if he or she can'Â?t find it, they can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Emory is a great place for any kind of student excited about learning, open-minded about different kinds of people, and enthusiastic about finding themselves and their passions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley is a legendary figure unique to Emory, representing the academic nature of our campus along with the rich tradition present among our student body. Dooley the skeleton is Emory'�s second mascot, the �Lord of Misrule� who makes an appearance at every major Emory event - �Songfest, Diwali, Homecoming, President Carter'�s Town Hall meeting - accompanied by an elite group of five or six students. Dooley�¢����s appearance is always succeeded by a chant: Presidents may come, presidents may go; professors may come, professors may go; students may come, students may go; but Dooley lives forever! Dooley is honored by his own week in the spring, complete with the Taste of Emory festival, Emory Trivia night, Dooley'�s Ball, a huge dance party on McDonough Field, and Spring Band party. His power even extends so far as to let students out of class during his week -� if he and his entourage enter the classroom and ask an Emory trivia question of which the teacher can'�t correctly answer, the class is freed. Another time-honored tradition at Emory is Songfest. Songfest is an orientation activity for freshman: led by Resident Advisors and Sophomore Advisors, each freshman dorm performs songs and dances in competition with one another for the title of Songfest champions. The RAs and SAs change the lyrics of popular songs, making them reverent of their specific dorm and condescending of all other dorms. For example, in 2011, Longstreet Means transposed the lyrics of Miley Cyrus's �Party in the USA� to promote LSM: And so I put my Ls up/Harris, goodbye/It really isn'�t your day/Yeah, it'�s a party in LSM.

    What to do for fun

    Emory University provides a wide variety of activities for students to engage in, and the vibrant city of Atlanta contributes to the myriad of happenings that Emory students can partake in. Emory itself offers many intramural sports, clubs, cultural organizations, volunteer organizations, and arts groups for students to join, and each of these groups host events for the general public to attend. The activities at Emory are varied and frequent: a given weekend may start out with First Friday, a concert given by the a capella groups on the DUC terraces, continue with a swim meet on Saturday morning and Diwali, a Indian holiday celebrated campus-wide and hosted by the Indian Cultural Exchange on Saturday night, and finish with an Emory Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday afternoon. For those hoping to escape the �Emory bubble�, venturing out to Atlanta via Zipcar, Marta, or a cab may entail eating at one of Atlanta�¢����s legendary restaurants, attending a concert in one of Atlanta�¢����s edgy music venues, ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park �¢���� given that the weather is cold enough, that is, or cheering on the Atlanta Braves baseball team. The options are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Simply put, the food at Emory leaves much to be desired. The main dining hall, the DUC offers several options that seem novel at first, but grow stale upon repetitive eating every day. The DUC also offers very limited options for vegetarians and vegans. The other options where Dooley Dollars can be used -Â? Cox Hall, Einstein'Â?s, Zayas, Organic to Go -Â? are more tasty and appealing than the DUC, but are vastly overpriced and only comparatively better than the DUC. Emory Village also provides average, overpriced meals with the exception of Chipotle, a recent addition that is has attracted burgeoning business because of the size, quality, and affordability of their meals. Yogli-Mogli is a popular dessert venue, probably because it is the only dessert venue on campus, but also because of the cult appeal of frozen yogurt. For coffee buffs, there are two Einsteins, two Starbucks'Â?, a counterculture coffee shop, a coffee cart, and Jazzman's Cafe in the library located on or walking distance from Emory. With a car, far more and better quality dining options are available, but for the freshman bound to campus, a positive attitude and quality dining companions can be the only options to enhance the sub-par food at Emory.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm at Emory is a quintessential part of the freshman experience. The residential life staff -� Resident Advisors, Sophomore Advisors, and Residence Hall Directors - is very committed to creating a warm, conducive environment for freshman where they can make friends and socialize, but also have a quiet space to study and relax. The dorms vary widely in terms of their luxury �¢���� you may be living in a suite in Longstreet-Means, a dorm only two years old, while your friend may be praying there isn'�t another heat wave coming because the heat has been set for the winter in McTyiere. Jokes aside, whatever dorm you get put in, there will be obvious pros and cons. The bigger, newer dorms tend not to be as social, while the older, smaller dorms have very festive communities with the residents forming �families� and staying friends throughout college. Making friends on your hall freshman year can be the easiest way to make friends: some of the best memories are made cooking in the kitchen, �studying in the study lounges, ordering take out and watching movies on the communal tv, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is a very academically rigorous school, but for someone with a strong work ethic who is willing to go the extra mile, academics are manageable, and more importantly, if taken with the correct attitude, fascinating. Keep in mind, however, that Â?the extra mileÂ? becomes the norm at Emory. For each paper, start early so you can write several drafts; show the first or second to your teacher; work on it more, with his or her suggestions; take a copy to the Writing Center; edit, edit, edit; force your roommate to read the final draft for typos and little errors. This level of effort, however, will be expected for every paper, assignment, project, and test. The bar is definitely raised at Emory, and those who don'Â?t engage every single resource - Writing Center, office hours, E-Pass tutoring, friends and mentors - slip behind. That being said, classes at Emory are engaging and the professors are truly inspiring. Because you can choose what you want to take, there'Â?s no reason not to be inherently interested in the reading and willing to explore the subject deeply. With the interesting curriculum and motivating professors, it becomes easy to get extremely involved in the academics at Emory.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don'�t think that you know, already, exactly what you want to major in or do with your life. Emory University offers many departments, each of which has amazing classes, inspiring professors, and boundless opportunities. While, during orientation, everyone awkwardly asks the same set of standard questions: Where are you from? What do you want to study?� the response I'm pre-med, have already filled out my application to Harvard Med School, taken the MCAT twice�¢���� can seem overwhelming, but to the confused, wavering freshman: don'�t back down, stay humble, and know that mumbling I'�m pre-med too is not going to make you a doctor, nor will these halfhearted words evoke the passion in you required to succeed in any field. Explore every department you can, and take random classes just because you want to learn for learning'�s sake. Don'�t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone, expand your boundaries and expose yourself to worlds of which you never would'�ve dreamed of being in. Take advantage of all the culture and life around you and remember that never again, in your life, will you be exposed to so much vigor and enthusiasm as is present on a college campus. On a lighter note,� save money for Friday afternoon Chipotle runs. That seven dollar burrito will never have tasted as good as it does after a week of DUC meals.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is a unique environment where the scholarship kid befriends the Long-Islander with the trust fund, where the Korean international student sings a capella with a southern belle from Tennessee, where the pre-med Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology student and the hipster Women'�s Studies major who has a copy of On the Road in her back pocket toast together to four great years of college �¢���� with Coca-Cola products, of course. A place for dreamers, thinkers, workers, artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs, travelers, and scholars, Emory is a place where diverse people from every single pocket of the world unite and rejoice in the quirks of their unconventional school: from Songfest to Dooley, from the general school-wide disregard for athletics (we do lack a football team, after all) to the unusual party scene within the first floor of Woodruff Library, we�¢����ve got something for everyone to fall in love with, devote hours to, and find a passion within. Emory guarantees a collegiate experience rich with a wide variety of opportunities, from which students have the option to literally pursue anything and everything they could possible desire; as long as any student takes initiative in seeking their passions, finding amazing friends, and fulfilling important life experiences, they are bound to have a varied and full college experience at Emory.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know much about that, but from what I hear, it's pretty good. Plus, hazing is banned at our school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Emory has tons of groups and clubs. Every semester, they hold this event where all the groups and organizations/sports try and get people to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our school mascot is a skeleton. How unusual can you get?

    Bang for the buck

    Depends, I guess. I definitely would not be going here if it weren't for the grant I got from the school, and even then, it's still alot. But it's worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    You're asking the wrong person, but they do have sorority and frat parties. But, they always have events planned throughout the year. The Cinema at the DUC usually plays a movie about once a month.

    Food and Dining

    The DUC is great at first, but it gets old after a while. If you're on a kosher meal plan, they have food especially for you. The food there is great for vegetarians as well. Plus, there's Cox and other places on campus to get food, and if you're up to it, you can go to Emory Village.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are pretty nice. They even have living green dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Their classes can be pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school if you get the chance. Their academics can be tough, but it's rewarding in the end. Also, study, study study.

    In three sentences

    Emory is a great place to learn and try new things. They have so many resources, from tutoring programs to the pre-health center, which can help guide you in the right direction if you're planning to go into the health field. Plus, they try to accommodate you if you can't afford to attend their school through grants.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone at Emory. Whatever you're interested in, club sports, volunteer service, cultural clubs, performing arts, leadership -- it's available and there are loads of other students that share your interests. It's so easy to meet awesome people here and to have amazing new experiences that you never even dreamed of enjoying.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, over-achievers, any one who wants to challenge themselves to do more, learn more, be more. There are so many opportunities here that cater to so many different interests, you'll want to get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially considering how generous Emory is with financial aid. Literally could not beat it. Emory makes college affordable, like I can literally graduate without loans, even if I had not received the numerous scholarships and grants they offered me. The quality of the education, the people, the opportunities to grow as a person by experiencing new things -- priceless. So to receive these things at such a reasonable price is wonderful. Don't be intimidated by the $50k per year price tag if your family is really hurting for money, with financial aid you'll be okay.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! The people Emory attracts are one of its greatest assets. There are tons of different cultures present on campus as there are so many international students, and its awesome to get to experience some of their foods, dances, prayers, etc. first hand. Student groups for whatever hobbies you enjoy are a great way to have fun, club sports, volunteer service, leadership groups -- the opportunities to meet new people and have fun are endless. Atlanta also has plenty of things to see and explore if you're wanting something off campus.

    Food and Dining

    For the number of people they have to serve, I think they do an awesome job in the dining halls. Tons of fresh, healthy options, even with dedicated vegan lines, and gluten-free options should you need them. The hot meals are often great, from things you may commonly have at home to things you may be experiencing for the first time. Pretty easy to find something to grab on the go if you're in a rush, too.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't crazy spacious, but they have tons of storage and every room has a sink -- which is such a nice convenience. Free laundry, often a laundry room right on your hall, and definitely one within your building. Awesome study rooms with white boards to meet up with people and work out problems, talk things over, etc. Plenty of lounge areas to meet with friends, or even just meet random people, which was awesome freshman year. Also usually a kitchen within your building or a few within your residence complex depending on the setup -- so feel free to buy stuff to cook, bake, etc. Overall, dorm life at Emory has been a great experience on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you come to Emory, you're going to be working hard, putting in long hours on assignments and studying. If you're looking to go to a school where you just memorize the basics, study for the first time 45 minutes before an exam, etc. -- look elsewhere. But if you really want to learn the material in depth, think, and connect ideas, manipulate material in research and experiments, then this is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put a lot of really deep thought about who you've been, who you now are, and who you want to be. From that you should be able to gain a lot going into the college experience (and getting accepted to a college to have that experience!), as you'll have a better idea of what you want to get involved in, ideas to explore, and the people you want to associate with.

    In three sentences

    Emory is a place of limitless opportunities. Student life is amazing and diverse, both in the things you can do and the people you can meet. Emory quickly becomes home, as if you're drawn to this beautiful campus, then there is no doubt an abundance of things you'll love here.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Emory does not provide Top Flight Security, but police officers. Trained professionals are dedicated to protecting you. There are towers all over the place in case you don't have a cell phone or are too panicked to dial 911.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. If not, the resources are there to create it. The beautiful thing about Emory is that if you want to do it, you can.

    Bang for the buck

    When you see Emory, you see justification for your tuition. When you walk around, you feel as though you are looking in a magazine. Construction is constantly take place but it is not burdensome to student life.

    Food and Dining

    Emory has a plethora of options on and surrounding campus. If you have a taste for it, it's there.

    Dorm Life

    Even the older buildings are nicer than dorms you will find at some other colleges. Emory does a great job of constantly renewing and revitalizing its campus. The heating/cooling systems are up to date. You will have enough space. The lounge areas are comfortable. The study areas are effective. There is nothing more I could ask for.

    Academic Rigor

    I am assured that I am going to have long days. This summer, I have had to dedicate my time to a chemistry class. I loved it but it was difficult. I know the level of difficulty will increase but I will be prepared for the workforce once I get there.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about Emory University, I encourage you to look past the amenities and to look at the people on the campus. When I stepped on the campus, I felt a sense of home and warmth yet adventure and newness. I knew that was the place I wanted to be within minutes. My body responded physiologically with a smile and a n inner tingle. If you do not have that feeling when you get there, go find it somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    Emory University provides a nurturing community that challenges you intellectually, feeds you socially, and accommodates your physical and spiritual needs. The campus is created for the comfort and benefit of the students. Everyone there assures you that you will be a better person going out than you were coming in.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great!

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, Outgoing, Smart, Well-Rounded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley's Week - celebrate campus life and festivities

    What to do for fun

    Party, Explore Atlanta, Play Sports, Hang out with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't take anything for granted. Be well-rounded!!

    In three sentences

    Excellent school with tons of opportunity. Fun social environment that's very inclusive. Great city to live in.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Site-seeing in Atlanta.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not to bad, the dorms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school requires a lot of studying.

    In three sentences

    Attending this school is one the best decisions that I have made. I have learned a lot of new things and have met a lot of new people.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Atlanta is a great city to experience new things. From the different ethnic cuisines to visiting the Georgia Aquarium to The Amazing World of Coke to cheering on the Atlanta Braves. You will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are many variations of food to chose from. You can go with the mainstream like Chik-fil-a or the more specialty cuisines such as Indian or even the dining hall which is a popular spot for hungry students.

    Dorm Life

    The floor that I lived on for my first year was amazing. We have such a strong bond that even outside of the dorm, we all hang out and do things together.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty pushes you beyond what you believe to be your boundaries. Although it may be difficult at first, you will be a better learner/ student in the end

    Tips for prospective students

    Make connections in the beginning because you'll never when those connections will be necessary

    In three sentences

    Emory is located on a beautiful campus with very friendly students and faculty and a prestigious academic records. I love its proximity to the great city of Atlanta. Its a great place to get an internship and make connections that last a lifetime

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never feel unsafe

    Greek Life

    Easy to get involved, fun to be with, doesn't have to take over your life

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to do everything

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but it's incredibly high quality

    What to do for fun

    A third of the campus is greek, and it's easy to have fun there. Other than that, clubs are pretty good too.

    Food and Dining

    It's college food. Let's be honest.

    Dorm Life

    There are some great dorms, and some not so great ones. It makes a huge difference where you live.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, grade shock can be a real problem. However, there are many great resources for students to gain an edge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus-it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. The b-school is tempting, but be sure to look at all the programs.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is a fantastic blend of academic and social excellence. It's the sort of place where you study during the week so you don't feel guilty on the weekends, and no one judges you for it. Emory is a great place to become a balanced, well prepared individual.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Atlanta is only a bus ride/20 minute car ride away and it is filled with restaurants, museums, and nightlife. Additionally, there are many places closer to Emory that has become the Emory hangout zone on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Although there is a variety of food options, it can get boring after awhile. In particular there is very few healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are much better than the average college dorm - more room, bigger closets and lots of technology. Emory is constantly building new freshman dorms so they are always innovative. However, it is much harder to find housing when you are a junior/senior.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a top 20 school and the work reflects that. In addition professors here are amazing and brilliant in their field and will treat you like equals. It can be challenging, but you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy! Emory is a bigger school, so it is easy to blend into the masses, but don't! Instead speak to teachers, go to office hours, and join lots of extracurriculars. Freshmen year is your time to figure things out and Emory offers something in everything. Do as many things as possible and find your passion.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is a place where you can find a myriad of students and professors who are genuinely nice and amazing people. The professors are brilliant and almost always accessible, even though they are working on their own projects. Students are friendly and diverse.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley week is a fun, unusual tradition on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of the school is very reasonable for its high rank.

    What to do for fun

    Atlanta is a fun city. Check out Little Five Points an downtown Decatur for fun pubs and nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the options on campus are unhealthy fast food, like Chik-fil-a and Dunkin Donuts. The school needs to eliminate these options and make more fresh food.

    Dorm Life

    There is a predominant Greek life on campus. for those of us who are not involved in Greek life, there are still many options for parties.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are too easy. Most of the assigned reading is not necessary, as the professors repeat the content in class.

    In three sentences

    Emory has many employment opportunities, which is critical in the struggling economy. The career services aspect is excellent; however, the actual content in the classes is lacking. I don't think I'm learning as much as I could be.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I hope this school is the best-fit one for me.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Not too safe if you go off campus at night, but usually relatively safe. Overheard some girls being stalked by unknown man on campus.

    Greek Life

    Many frats/sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of good financial aid. For the NMSSF and NMSF, there are the Emory Scholars programs which fund virtually everything.

    What to do for fun

    Intern at CDC. Audit Georgia Tech classes. Work at the Medical Center or in downtown Atlanta.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different places to eat, both on and off-campus. I heard the food was good but didn't get to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Many parts are currently being renovated and the halls can seem small/claustrophobic sometimes. But once renovations are complete, I think they'll be great.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory has programs in almost everything, but for kids who aced every AP, one can relatively skip a year of two- so ask to enroll in graduate classes in the last two years if that is you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit. If you don't fall within the middle 50%, apply to Oxford College instead. If you like engineering, apply to the 3+2 program with Georgia Tech.

    In three sentences

    Emory is a really nice, diverse research and liberal arts school (equal amounts of each) in the heart of Atlanta with endless opportunities in nearly all fields. The campus is beautiful and has a good reputation.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights in every section of the campus (definitely a plus) and the campuses work alongside the city police to help make the area safer for everyone.

    Greek Life

    I personally won't join any Greek clubs, but they do appear to be quite involved and numerous, so anyone may join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to be done here, it just doesn't even seem possible to finish everything in four years; there are clubs for any type of hobby, and activities are plentiful-ranging from volunteering to opera.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to study and be involved in academics are most welcome here.

    Bang for the buck

    As a private university, Emory is a tad bit more expensive (a tad?) than the average university; however, you will establish studying habits, personal connections, and an overall amazing course of academics other schools could not offer you. Thus, prepare early and apply for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    I like to study and wander around the campus by myself contemplating life, but there are lots of clubs and Greek activities one may join; there are many opportunities for visiting the city and getting involved in volunteering, visiting the library, meeting with professors, and simply doing your own thing.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I am not picky and always have snacks/drinks on hand, but the food is relatively nice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and people are quite friendly there-there appears to be a lot of things to do there (especially in Atlanta).

    Academic Rigor

    The school is a research-based university, so the academics are more intense than your average postsecondary school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus-you can only know if the school is appropriate for you if you visit (don't make my mistake). Also, plan ahead (say your junior year); don't wait to do any research in October of your senior year. Have steady academics and a lot of extracurriculars-not just a 4.0 will get you in.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is definitely one of a kind-I've visited a lot of schools that claim to be the glove to my hand, yet I always felt uneasy about them; Emory just has this spark, this fantastic aura, about it that encourages my heart to beat a little faster. The campuses (both Oxford and the main Emory sections) are stunning and perfect for those who seriously want to challenge themselves; Oxford is smaller, but just as involved and intense with academics. One would honestly appreciate the time spent here-it is a physical manifestation of heaven on Earth.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus, I always feel safe. The Emory Police is always on campus, especially late at night, and the campus is far away enough where crime is not a huge problem. Furthermore, everything is relatively close to each other, so if you do have to walk at night alone, it is never a far distance to walk by yourself and you just feel comfortable and safe enough on campus where you don't have to worry about crime being an issue.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Emory is not very big, and it is very opened to people here and it is not as exclusive as people believe. You do not have to be in Greek life in order to talk to be friends with people who are, and it is not pushed greatly at the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs I am involved with involve Model UN and Volunteer Emory., Model UN we tour different colleges throughout the country and have competitions and pretend as if we were actually in the United Nations. Volunteer Emory is a huge club here involving community service. Every Wednesday I work with a homeless shelter and every Friday I work with autistic/special needs kids through Volunteer Emory and it is a very satisfying feeling being able to work with these two groups of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition on campus would be that every year there is this competition known as Songfest, where all the freshman dorms compete against each other through songs and dance, and whoever wins the competition gets bragging rights for the year, along with a trophy. The weird aspect of this tradition is that the unofficial mascot, Dooley, which is a skeleton, attends the competition and is the judge and he enters in with his set of bodyguards and everyone in the gymnasium grows silent as he enters and judges the competition. It is an eerie feeling having him enter and judge, however, he always ends up dancing which is entertaining and amusing.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I go to the city, which is only 15 minutes away from campus, and Emory provides shuttles for students for free on the weekends to go out and I tour the city. My friends and I usually go to Lenox Mall or an outdoor mall known as Atlantic Station and shop and enjoy each other's company. Or we stay in some nights if we don't feel like going out and have our own movie night in our hall.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Emory is mediocre and could be improved, however, the cafeteria staff is very nice and welcoming and do their best to serve you. Furthermore, the food choices are very healthy and considerate of people who are vegan or vegetarian by providing a vegan station and salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    One of my favorite aspects of Emory would be the dorm life, everyone in my dorm is very welcoming and close. It is as if we were our own family and knitted community. I have my own family away from home with my people on my hall and it is nice to know that in such a big school, there are a few people that you are very close to and tell everything to, like your own family.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Emory are very challenging and rigorous, however, they are managable through different study techniques and time management., It was a hard adjustment for me initially coming from taking high school classes where I barely had to study to taking college courses where not studying is not a question. However, although the classes are more challenging because it is less regurgitation and memorization such as in high school and more application, the professors here are very resourceful and if you ask for help, they will give it to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would advice them to take as many rigorous and challenging classes their high school provides; Emory wants students who push themselves and go well beyond the bare minimum. However, I would not solely focus on academics, but also getting involving in my community through clubs and volunteering and obtaining as many leadership positions as possible. Emory wants students who are well-rounded and will leave their mark at Emory when they attend the university.

    In three sentences

    .If I could rate Emory, I would give it a 10 out of 10. I have been wanting to attend this school for as long as I remember, and it is everything I have dreamed of and more. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere at Emory is very diverse and welcoming. The minute I stepped on its campus, I knew it would be the school for me and it has not disappointed me in the least thus far.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has multiple blue light phones around campus; in addition, there is a SafeWalk escort, if you don't feel like walking all the way across campus at night. All in all, it's pretty safe; just use common sense and don't stay out too late, and you'll be fine. But as always, be careful.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on campus; but freshmen don't rush til spring semester. Fall is just when they're introduced to the houses and learn about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many activities and clubs to join! There are so many, I can't list them all. Be assured, if Emory doesn't have something you want, you can create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious, high reaching students who want to get a spectacular education and like living in Georgia. The weather is pretty nice, 70s and lows are about 40-50s.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lord Dooley represents the Spirit of Emory; he's a biology lab skeleton who walks around campus, surrounded by his Guard. He can dismiss classes, which is pretty fun. However, his identity is super secret.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Lennox Mall, watch movies in the Harlem Theatre, go shopping at Little Five Points, or just hang out on campus and join in a frisbee game!

    Food and Dining

    There are many food places to eat here on campus, but most freshmen will eat at the DUC, or the Dobbs University Center (the cafeteria). Other places include Cox Hall, Zaya's, or any of the food places in Emory Village, such as Panera Bread or Starbucks. Food is mostly pretty good here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very close here; the freshman dorms are in a competition called Dooley's Bowl to compete to see who is the best dorm. There are multiple events, so it's very exciting.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is very academically focused; there are multiple tutoring places to assist with homework and essays, showing how students here really value their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! And don't be discouraged if you think your GPA isn't high enough, or your ACT score isn't the best. Emory wants to create a diverse student body, and so you could be a great fit regardless of your academic work. However, most people here are pretty focused academically.

    In three sentences

    It is very intense and academically focused, yet also fun and engaging. Fun events like Wonderful Wednesday and Dooley's Bowl really set Emory apart and make it unique.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be smart and you'll be fine. Police is usually there and hospital next door...

    Greek Life

    There's Greek life, but they're not well known or a big part of the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can make time for it, it's great.

    What to do for fun

    Dorm activities Take the campus bus to fun places Go to performances.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but not spectacularly 'I can't wait to eat' good.

    Dorm Life

    It's okay. Some dorms are better than others as far as dorm size, prettiness, and comfort. But, its the people who make the dorm bad or good at the end of the day.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a liberal arts college. So its hard but not impossible. Sciences and Humanities/Language are 'big' here.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to be sure you want to go here, just apply and see what happens. If you're trying to decide among other schools, make sure you know things like: limit on majors, financial aid given, and percentage of kids that actually graduate.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. It's pretty, and clean. The people and classes are what makes the school different from other schools.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora! Whatever your interest, youâ??re sure to find a club that caters to it on campus, and if not, you can easily get a charter to begin one. At Oxford, itâ??s very easy to join clubs as club fair gives you the opportunity to meet student leaders and sign up for all the clubs youâ??re interested in. At Emory, you have to be more initiative when it comes time to joining clubs as the community is large and itâ??s harder for exec boards to reach out to all the freshmen who may be interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, community builders, initiative

    Bang for the buck

    An Emory education opens so many doors, but like any highly ranked school, itâ??s only worth the investment if you take advantage of the opportunities that are given to you. Itâ??s a degree you have to work hard for, and that can take you many places if you take your education into your own hands, and make connections while at school. Emoryâ??s definitely not cheap, so be sure to fill out the FAFSA even if youâ??re not sure youâ??ll get any financial aid. Also, look out for scholarships that Emory and Oxford provide to incoming students. Many of these scholarships are due in November/December of your senior year so look out for them!

    What to do for fun

    Oxford is a small town, so most people go to Atlanta on the weekends. Little Five Points, a bohemian district, is only 15 minutes from main campus and it has many unique specialty stores that sell everything from costumes to vinyl records. Itâ??s fun to take a stroll through LFP on weekends, as it has amazing restaurants like The Vortex, rated the best burger place in Atlanta. If youâ??re looking to dance the night away, Atlanta has some of the best nightlife and clubs such as Opera and Primal host the hottest DJs in electronic/techno music like Tiesto and Dirty South.

    Food and Dining

    Itâ??s definitely not as bad as people make it out to be, although it starts to get repetitive pretty quickly. Lilâ??s and the Ox are the only dining options on the Oxford campus, and I appreciate the chefâ??s effort to diversify the food by serving more ethnic dishes. I was at Oxford for 1 ½ years, and the food improved so much while I was there and Iâ??m sure it will get better in the years to come. Not to mention their specialty pizzas are quite good!

    Dorm Life

    Most people say that the best dorm at Oxford is East Village, but I would argue that the location and community of the JRC makes it the most comfortable place to live. Thereâ??s a real community feel if you live in an Oxford dorm, and though most of the buildings arenâ??t the best, the strong friendships you make with the people whom you live with outweigh any negative.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is definitely tough, and professors donâ??t grade you on whether you can regurgitate information back to them, but whether you show original thinking in your work, and how effectively you apply the material to real world situations. Itâ??s definitely possible to maintain a 3.5+ GPA, but be prepared to make school work a priority. Also, getting to know your professors on a personal level is crucial as they often give advice about majors, and are always there for you when itâ??s time to submit those infamous recommendation letters for grad schools/jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for future students: I just graduated from Oxford (liberal arts college in Emory) and what sealed the deal for me was my overnight visitâ??so I would recommend that any prospective student check out whichever campus they applied to, or both, to see whether you can imagine yourself there. Since Emory is a highly ranked school, admissions officers not only want to see good grades in high school, but also whether you participated strongly in one or more extracurricular. If your grades were less than perfect, I would suggest you excel in your extracurriculars, as it can make the difference between receiving an acceptance or a rejection letter.

    In three sentences

    The best thing about Emory is that it gives you an outstanding liberal arts education, while also thoroughly preparing you for a pre-professional career if you choose. Many professors are well-known authorities in their fields, but theyâ??re also excellent teachers, willing and able to break down hard concepts into smaller bites so that an average student can learn the course information. If you decide to go to Emory, you can be sure that the quality of education you receive will help you in whichever career you choose.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because Emory is in a suburb of Atlanta, its location is far safer than other city college campuses. Even though students feel 100% safe walking at night, blue light phones are dispersed throughout campus to provide police access, and students can call SafeRide at any time - a bus then comes to them, wherever they are, and drops them off wherever they want to go on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very available at Emory for those who want it. Those who don't are perfectly content staying away.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERY KIND OF CLUB YOU CAN IMAGINE IS AT EMORY (like Ngambika, a dance-step team that anyone can join that by the way also does community service). If you want it and it's not there, Emory encourages you to found it!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type - so long as you're hard-working, motivated, and academically thriving in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The first week of school all freshman compete in SongFest, a competition full of screaming and enthusiasm to see which residence hall performs choreographed songs the best. Each residence hall/building forms a team, and while practicing and competing together everyone has an absolute blast. At reunions alumni always remember SongFest and the unforgettable time they had.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Emory's expensive, the amount of resources at students' disposal, the education value, and the campus experience make it worth it. While each class is relatively large, you feel SO special because there's so much concern that you have no questions unanswered and know of all the available resources. Everyone in the Emory community wants you to have an unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable experience there. And you will.

    What to do for fun

    Entertainment options are endless. ResLife events throughout the year keep things lively, and there are always performances, concerts, and shows. Every Tuesday the main street on campus overflows with a market of delicious food, and Wonderful Wednesday every week means loud music, free food/shirts, and random attractions like a petting zoo (true story). Finally, transportation is readily available for the 15-minute ride to Atlanta, where opportunities for fun are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Some get tired of the food in the main dining hall, the DUC, by October. All the resources for adding some variety are there, though - you just have to take the initiative (YouTube 'Teach Me How to DUC It)! Also, freshman meal plans come with 300 or 500 Dooley Dollars that you can spend in 20+ locations around campus. Finally, Emory has a student-led food committee that modifies things; for example, this semester the dining hours changed, and they instituted a Wednesday night Premium entree that looks like a 5-star restaurant dish for a meal swipe and 7 Dooley Dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Emory has a mix of dorms - the newer ones look like hotels, and the older ones look...well, extensively remodeled. Because of various competitions, people identify strongly with their halls, and in the end everyone seems to love where they live. Sophomore advisers also distinguish Emory's campus experience; each floor has both an RA and 2 SAs that provide extra support (via chocolate, advice, help with enrolling, etc).

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of classes are not easy but very doable. Science classes, though, are quite challenging; introductory chemistry, for example, is a very good weed-out class for the hundreds of freshman who come in Pre-Med. That said, Emory has a ridiculous number of resources to help students out, including some really amazing professors, and as long as you work hard throughout the semester (not just the week before each test), you will be more than fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    In addition to a strong academic record, be sure to illustrate extracurricular involvement, especially community service and/or leadership. Admissions officers like to see you that stand out in your school; they don't look for a specific SAT score or number of AP classes. Also, Emory is unique in its commitment to ethics, and showing the importance of integrity to you would likely help your application. Before applying, though, consider seeing Emory - there's nothing like a campus visit to gauge how right a college is for you!

    In three sentences

    Emory is a community that is diverse in not only ethnicity but also achievements, ambitions, and passions. You can find every kind of person on campus! Famed for its academic rigor, Emory also boasts a gorgeous, cohesive campus offering myriad opportunities and resources.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emory is located in a safer side of Atlanta.

    Greek Life

    A good amount of students form part of Greek Life. This is not the only way to have a social life though!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs available, such as salsa club and a fantastic Model UN group!

    Great for these types of students

    Make sure the campus and small size is what suits you best! Also, CHECK THE PROGRAM AND DEPARTMENT you're interested in. Emory just recently closed a lot of programs and you definitely don't want to go to a college where your major is not offered. That is a waste of 50,000 dollars.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We worship a skeleton called Dooley!

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid could be better. Emory however, does offer a program called Emory Advantage, which basically promises that the college will meet the needs of each and every student in regards to financial assistance. This aid does include work study and loans, which basically comes out of a student's pockets.

    What to do for fun

    Emory has a lot of clubs and activities available for students! The greater Atlanta area is around for those who have cars or friends with cars too!

    Food and Dining

    Emory does not have a wide variety of food choices. In fact, we only contain one dining hall. The food though healthy, could used improvement.

    Dorm Life

    Residence Life is most definitely one of the more lively aspects of Emory! The staff makes it their top priority to make the freshman experience as positive as possible through different hall programs and a committed hall council. There are multiple events that take place throughout the year to help students get to know each and to keep the stress level low.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is a the epitome of higher learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though Emory has a liberal arts college, it focuses a lot of its resources on the pre-med and business departments. This does not mean there aren't other paths available. It is good to make sure that each prospective student know that his/her major is offered at Emory and the opportunities available in that specific area.

    In three sentences

    Emory provides its students with a high quality education. The campus is small enough that each and every student has the opportunity to create a lasting relationship with at least one staff member.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is very safe. Going a little ways off campus is generally safe, but there have been reports of muggings and such at night. If you need to walk off campus, it's best to do it in the day time, but if you're sticking around on campus, it's incredibly safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big at Emory. Many good social interactions follow from being involved in Greek life. Many students are not involved, but not being Greek still might make you feel left out unless you are part of some club or other organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved in. All are very inclusive and friendly. They range from academic to volunteer to recreational and theatrical, so there is sure to be one suited to you.

    Great for these types of students

    Emory is great for students who aren't too crazy about sports, take their academics seriously, but are still willing to enjoy themselves outside of the classroom. Also great for anyone looking for warmer weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley, our unofficial mascot, is pretty strange. Whenever the walking skeleton makes an appearance, he's surrounded by well-dressed body guards. In front of large events, he'll usually make some sort of speech. But what's great is during Dooley's spirit week, he can come into any classroom and dismiss the class on the spot.

    Bang for the buck

    I certainly don't agree with the outrageous pricing of the school and at times, it seems like Emory University keeps trying to milk money out of you. But this could also be true of a lot of schools in the U.S.

    What to do for fun

    It's in Atlanta; there are plenty of things to do. There's the aquarium, World of Coca Cola, Olympic Part, etc. If you don't have a car or can't bump a ride, there are also some free shuttles available to take you to some surrounding shopping centers.

    Food and Dining

    There are definitely options on campus, but if you're stuck with the freshmen meal plan and don't want to spend much cash, the options become quickly limited. The main dining hall, the DUC, is pretty decent, but it just becomes tiring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms especially are very spirited. They very much are like little communities and the activities they plan out are great places to meet people and learn something in a very casual environment.

    Academic Rigor

    This really isn't high school anymore. You will have some free time, but most of your time should be spent studying if you want to do well in classes. Make sure to take advantage of tutors and professors' office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go at your own pace. Emory tries to throw a lot of information at you straight away and it can be very intimidating. Don't worry about trying to remember all this information straight away. Just try to keep tabs on what you're interested so you can go back to it later.

    In three sentences

    The weather is nice and there are certainly plenty of friendly students. Some of the students appear arrogant or have a stereotypical rich kid attitude associated with them, but this may be true for all expensive schools. It's really not very religious, considering it's religiously affiliated.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun on campus depends on what you are interested in. The fraternities have parties on the weekends where the standard college partying takes place. However aside from parties, the gymnasium facility is great with nice basketball courts, swimming pools, weight rooms, and ping pong tables. Also, the school sponsors events every semester (in the past Kid Cudi performed) that keeps the students happy.

    Food and Dining

    Emory has decent dining options. The main focus of the menu is focused on health and conducive to those with specific dietary needs. I enjoy the food but you will often find yourself eating off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Due to the fact that Emory is an elite private institution, the academic rigor is present but it is possible to create a schedule in which balance can be achieved. If you are accepted to Emory than you can deal with the academic rigor often comparable to AP Classes in some cases.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hit the town!

    Food and Dining

    Great Resaurants!

    Dorm Life

    Have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Work Hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Emory campus feels very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety of the arts, sports, and philanthropy.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for driven students who still like to have fun but never at the expense of their academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley, a skeleton, is our unofficial mascot. Dooley is mysterious and has an almost god-like status amongst campus. His presence excites students.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on what financial aid you get.

    What to do for fun

    Emory is conveniently close to metropolitan Atlanta which is filled with opportunities. For the more low key, Emory village is just a short walk away for a meal.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is better than most colleges and has a variety of options, but it is still crappy college food.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are (mostly) beautiful. There is a great sense of community and the residence staff makes it a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor depends on your strengths and what classes you take. Some classes have more work than others and certain topics are highly difficult. Only be Pre-Med if you are sure that is what you want. Don't be afraid to experiment with classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a work-study job, apply early as possible. Get as involved as you can, it makes college enjoyable. If you visit, go to classes to see if you like the feel.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. While school spirit is lacking, the school makes up for it in academic quality. We are a diverse school.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley: our skeleton mascot

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities on campus for all types of students. There are also Greek functions that are open to everyone on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Cox and Zaya are okay but overpriced. The DUC gets steadily worse as the semester progresses, so make sure you save dooley dollars to use at Cox and Zaya during finals.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year has awesome rooming options. Fraternity/sorority living is nice, as well as Clairmont. The other upperclassmen dorms are alright as well, though they do tend to be far away.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very hard. Especially for pre-med and business classes, you will have to work to get in the A/B ranges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that many Emory students come from money, so for those watching their money, be careful with how much you go out to eat and shop. The visual arts and journalism majors have also been rejected so do not come here looking for those.

    In three sentences

    Emory University demonstrates a wide array of ethnicities and backgrounds which makes the experience a great one. In addition to many new faces, there is also a large selection of majors to occupy everyone with. We also have a great women's soccer team and it is really fun to watch their games.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not bad for small school, pretty obvious what frats/sororities are good. Cough cough.. Sigma Chi and trident/theta.

    What to do for fun

    drink, go to bars/clubs, go to sports games. concerts, parks

    Food and Dining

    on campus food is average, off campus is pretty good

    Dorm Life

    I live in a frat, its the dream

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out your major early, and also get involved in clubs.

    In three sentences

    Great weather, lots of smart kids. Greek life is a must if you are social. Campus and Atlanta are great!

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Atlanta is a big city. You can explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    There are limited places to eat on campus. Food from cox hall or DUC can get boring easily.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty decent overall. Several new dorms have been made for freshman. However, after your second year, you are not guaranteed on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes can be especially challenging. There are no such thing as easy classes. Every class at emory requires work. The amount of work you put in will reflect your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active as a freshman. Explore. Engage

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown atlanta

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    In three sentences

    Academically challenging. Wealthy students. Arrogant professors.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the atmosphere at Emory! The people are so friendly; the food is delicious, and the activities are great!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go become a member of a club. Go out into the city. Atlanta has so much to do. Or just stay in and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't that good. Gotta learn to be creative in making the food better in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good depending on which ones you get placed in. Of course the newer dorms are better. But sometimes the newer dorms don't have the sense of community you might be looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Emory are very difficult. If you don't think you're up for the challenge, this isn't the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study every single day. Don't underestimate the work load or even if you have heard that it's an easy class. Don't be afraid to have fun.

    In three sentences

    This college really brought me to my kind of friends. Seriously I have made lifetime friends here. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I usually feel pretty safe on campus, there's usually emory police around or those police button boxes. Just don't lurk in dark alleys or go places with strangers and you'll likely be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everybody, from cultural organizations, to pre-career organizations, to arts and performance groups, you can find something.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the leader, go-getter type or the the really focused studious type. But if you're shy but wanting more out of your experience or wanting your hand held, you could fall between the cracks.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wonderful Wednesday is great! Not as good as I assume it used to be but the bouncy house, giant slides, and free stuff every wednesday is usually a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    The price tag isn't really worth it if you don't have money to waste. The prestige can help you feel like it's worth it though so if you want to go for it. There's lots of free t-shirts to make up for it though. it's a great education though, so if you can afford it, why not?

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, there's lots of clubs, acapella groups, and theater groups with performances and activities on campus. From poetry summits to salsa socials, you can find something. If not, just rent a movie from the library, they have tons,hook your computer up to your lounge tv and you have an instant movie night.

    Food and Dining

    The hours aren't good for the nocturnal. Sometimes you cant find anything you want at the DUC though. There's lots of different places on campus that take your dooley dollars though, so you have options.

    Dorm Life

    If you don't live in Dobbs then the space is great, but Dobbs has a great sense of community and lots of fun activities to build connections with your dorm mates. Just participate, Easter egg hunts get intense with college students.

    Academic Rigor

    Emory is hard, but it's manageable. If you show up to class and put the time in to read, you can handle it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Check to make sure they still have you major 2. Make sure you are comfortable with feeling out of place if you aren't pre-health/ pre-business 3. Go visit, the campus is beautiful, make sure you love it 4. Take advantage of all the opportunities, programs, and activities available, they can make you fall in love with the school. Nothing says college like a bouncy house. (don't schedule classes in the middle of the day on wednesdays)

    In three sentences

    Emory University is great place with great resources available if you are the type to take advantage of them. It is not the university that is going to hold your hand but you still have to opportunity to meet incredible people. However, most people you meet will appear to be pre-health or pre-business.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 95

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and determined.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is definitely on the expensive side. It is a private school so living in Georgia will not get you in state tuition. Whether or not it's going to be worth it will be determined in the future if I land a pretty nice job, but for now it's alright.

    What to do for fun

    Freshmen are not allowed to have cars, however there are a few individuals who appealed to commute and are an exception. But for most cases, no car limits what freshmen can do for fun. There are shuttles that can take students to the Lenox Mall, which is a huge 4 story elite mall in Atlanta. Little Five Points is another area that shuttles transport to which consists of many high end thrift shops and little coffee cafes. Just nearby, Emory Pointe was built which consists of many restaurants such as Fresh to Order or Bonefish Grill. Another area within walking distance is Emory Village where students can grab dinner at Panera or Doc Cheys, a popular Asian restaurant. There is a small place there called Fire it Up where you can select a pottery piece to paint and have them bake and take back home. On the other hand, if you do have a car or other convenient transportation, students often drive into the city to go to clubs, bars, or concerts. Atlanta has a very active night life and students definitely take advantage of that.

    Food and Dining

    Freshmen only have one meal plan and are required purchase it. It consists of $150 Dooley Dollars per semester and unlimited meal swipes at the Dobbs University Center (DUC). The DUC food is mediocre. Thereâ??s always pizza, pasta, sandwiches, bagels, waffles, cereal and a salad bar available. The DUC opens at 7:30am and closes at 10pm. Nothing special, but nothing horrific. It does get rather old in the end, so save your Dooley Dollars! Dooley Dollars is money on your ID card that can be spent at various locations on campus. There is a building right next to the DUC called COX and they have restaurants taking Dooley Dollars that include: Freshens, Boar's Head, Chick Fil La, and more. Here is a list of restaurants on campus that take Dooley Dollars as well: Einsteinâ??s Bagels at the Business School Starbucks at Barnes and Nobles Zaya's Dunkin Donuts in the DUC

    Dorm Life

    Freshman are guaranteed and required to live in one of our fabulous dorms. They are almost always building new dorms and they are quite luxurious. I hope youâ??re not allergic to marble. Throughout the year, all freshmen dorms compete for the Dooleyâ??s Cup. It is a tradition that has been going on for decades. Within the first few weeks you will be competing with your other freshmen peers in an event called Song Fest. It sounds weird but itâ??s the first memory youâ??ll have as a freshman. Basically high school musical in college, YouTube it! All dorms have resident advisors AND sophomore advisors. Typically there are around 16 freshmen for 1 RA and 2 SAs. They organize hall-bonding activities such as camping, or dinner. Freshmen have to have periodic meetings with one of their resident life advisors just to check in on how they are adapting and if they have any questions. Overall, Emory ensures that freshmen get the most out of their dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a priority at Emory. Youâ??re going to be surrounded by the nationâ??s smartest and hard working young adults. This is not meant to scare you, but to give you an idea of what you are stepping into. The library is a popular place and youâ??ll always see students there 24/7. (Left the library at 5am once, interesting experience). A majority of the student body is either pre-med or pre-business. Therefore, all science classes (Gen Chem especially) are weed outs. Itâ??s going to be tough, and most people drop, but if you can survive the first few introductory classes youâ??re in the clear. However, the business school is in constant competition with Wharton. They grade on a curve so that your grade solely depends on how you do relative to your peers. Itâ??s common that your GPA will dip once attending the business school, but itâ??s bearable. And even if youâ??re not on either of the aforementioned paths, your major will not be a breeze in the park. But of course, if youâ??re passionate about your subject, youâ??ll be willing to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Donâ??t be intimidated on any level whether it is academically, athletically, anything. If you got accepted, youâ??re just as qualified as the person right next to you. Get involved. Almost all students are involved in several student organizations. Weâ??re all running around at 100mph like chickens with their heads cut off from one activity to another, but itâ??s worth it in the end Focus on finding your niche when you first arrive. Find your friends and then settle down.

    In three sentences

    Overall, Emory has a beautiful campus filled with smart, hard working students who know the balance between work and play. It is known for its diverse student body and everyone is very friendly. And weâ??re pretty good looking too.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are usually a few events going on around the school, but if you want to have actual fun you either go to the Frats were it is usually a hit or miss depending on the weekend, or you can go to Atlanta, and there is always bound to be something going on in the city. Only, of course, if you are willing to pay for taxis every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is cafeteria style and low-end restaurant quality at best. They will try to advertise that it is truly gourmet but after 2-3 weeks you will understand that quality is not exactly a standard here.

    Dorm Life

    It's fun for your freshman year. The dorms are newer and cleaner and usually you are cared for more as a freshman so that they can assure you stay for the long run. Dorm life after that seems to be a bit of a downgrade afterwards but it is still something that you can look forward to.

    Academic Rigor

    The only reason it isn't 5 stars in rigor is because you are bound to sign up for that class were effort is not required. Unfortunately those classes are heavily outnumbered by all the other courses with killer workloads. Especially if you are a science major, and in that case you will understand what actually studying for days really means. Other than that it can be like any other school with heavy readings and work but always manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Study. Study. Everybody that comes to this school has the same line I never studied in high school and i got all A's!. Well everyone that says that usually has a crash course in what the real world is like. If you want to maintain a solid GPA you need to come with your A-game and a clear and focused work ethic. If you can learn to manage your time wisely you will have a great 4 years here. Of course this is something easier said than done.

    In three sentences

    Emory is a completely different experience. You will love it and hate it here. Yet, you will stick through it because of the valuable life lessons offered, and also because of the massive tuition payments you are making.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    78 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've heard a rumor that if someone dressed as a skeleton comes to your class, that class is automatically over for the day. Wonderful Wednesdays sound, well, wonderful.

    Food and Dining

    I have no personal basis for the four stars; I have not eaten on Emory's campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are rather nice. They are more spacious than those on some campuses I have visited.

    Academic Rigor

    I have no personal basis for the four stars; I am not a student at Emory.

    In three sentences

    Emory has a beautiful, smoke-free campus in Atlanta, but you don't feel like you're in a major city. I love that there is a regular farmer's market, that the dorms are really nice, and that the campus is fairly Mac-friendly. The Emory Scholars program is attractive, but difficult to get into.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always a safe place. Unless maybe you're drunk and in a frat house... and female.

    Greek Life

    Honestly annoys the crap out of me. They are responsible for all the crazy parties and loud noise and overall obnoxious behavior on campus. Fortunately, it's mostly avoidable.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just about every club you could want.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds, serious academics, rich kids.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wonderful Wednesday! Thank Dooley it's Friday!

    Bang for the buck

    Depends. I'm on massive financial aid. Wouldn't pay 50k though, even if I had it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your niche!

    In three sentences

    Quality quality quality. Great professors, faculty, campus, etc. No school spirit, students pretty careless and uninterested.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    80 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Location within a location with easy access to the sizzle and sophistication of a large city. Emory is nestled in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta, Druid Hills. The quiet community is known for manicured lawns, tree lined streets, and pedestrian-friendly spaces. Emory campus itself is a suburban and residential. Emory proximity to the neighborhoods that comprise of greater Atlanta. Campus safety is a priority. Campus security is excellent. Safety is definitely one of the campus more important issue that is serious on the safety of its students. I would rate is the 5 with the highest mark.

    Greek Life

    There are more than 300 clubs, teams, and organizations for you to join at Emory. Greek life help you to find new ways to get involved on campus. Fraternities and Sororities add another dimension to college life. Emory has fourteen fraternities and twelve sororities that is open to every Emory student. Greek life has 38% participation of all extracurricular activities. I intend on joining my favorite fraternity. Greek Life will be diversified with many people that will share a bond of academics. I am not sure if there are a choice not to be involved with Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities available for any culture. Like minded students meet and share their passions. Three is a Art History Club where students visits exhibits and galleries around Atlanta, exploring different artists and genres of works. Entrepreneurs Network is for business group. Students visit businesses around Atlanta to learn about business operations and start-up efforts. The university provides funds to help support business venture that students develop. I should enjoy their associations. Sundaes on Mondays- An ice cream social held to facilitate discussions about diversity on campus. Opportunities to serve and share are encouraged for students. Emory is a place where community is valued and treasured.

    Great for these types of students

    Keeping connected to the university and close to the club meetings, team practices, and other activities. Special programming is targeted toward students as they find their way at Emory. Great for medicine curriculum. All the programs are entailed with classes that will keep you on the cutting edge of technology.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Emory has a unique collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Students read works by famous authors in class, and their Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library exposes the students to original material and servers as an invaluable resource for research and classwork. Being close proximity to hospital, medical studies is optimized. The campus is close to my many shops and with easy access.

    Bang for the buck

    From casual study groups with friends, to daily calculus tutorials, to individual mentoring, there are many ways to sharpen your academic skills. Emory is home to more than fifteen hundred international students from around the world. As global community, the significant contributions to campus learning are unique. The international awareness brings valuable contributions to the classrooms. The tour was outstanding. A detailed comprehensive look at Emory University campus life was filled with history. Students were moving about with vigor. I enjoyed the scenery and the food. Campus is large and well kept.

    What to do for fun

    University life is about more than studies. It's about social outings, cultural events that are unique to the college experience. On the weekends, take a break. Atlanta offers Centennial Park, Woodruff Art Center, jazz concerts and even ice skating when the season arise. There are many options to have a great time. I play golf and tennis. I will be able to enjoy a game or two with other students. Being fit will be easy to keep up. I know that I will find other interests that a new to me. I shall enjoy learning new fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    Dining and Food will be delicious and I am looking forward to being there. Variety of selections should not hinder your taste buds. Food and Dining will cater to even the most picky eaters. I would rate Food and Dining with a 4 with a high mark.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus you'll find new friends. Tackling new challenges that living on campus brings will bring you new friends, and together you will sift thru your challenges with ease. Each residence hall or apartment has a unique personality, allowing you to choose the living option that best suits you. You have a variety of housing options including theme halls, a single-sex hall, single and double rooms, suites and full apartments for two, three, and four people. Most halls are within a ten-minute walk to class, student centers, and the gym. Dorm life would be a refreshing change from living at home. Dorms are gorgeous. I should be right at home immediately. When I not attending class I should be enjoying dorm life with zest. I would rate Dorm Life with 5 as the highest mark.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are available to students before, during, and after class. Students are encouraged to grab lunch or coffee with professors to engage with them. Emory professors are multifaceted. They're researchers, scholars, and scientists. This makes the experience at Emory rewarding. The Career Center offers pre-preparation programs to get students ready for careers in their fields or for graduate school. Academics has priority. You can study your field with confidence. Majoring in Biology is my first steps in becoming a MD. I will pursue my academics with an high intensity. I would rate Emory with 5 as the highest mark.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be interactive with campus life. I would love to matriculate at this school. I have heard many historical facts that are positive. It is a detailed with a variety of programs that will fit any choice of profession. Connection with Emory is strong. I would be happy to attend this university. Students review course content and further develop skills. You will develop strategies for tackling tough subjects and managing time efficiently. Weekly review sessions are available to assist with comprehension in math and science courses. You will meet like minded students.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is acceptable for my studies. I would like to be accepted in the Biology Department. Emory University has a outstanding campus. I would rate Emory with high marks.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    hard-working, dedicated, pre-med, pre-business, research

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley the skeleton is our unofficial mascot. During Dooley Week, he might come to your class and make your professor let you out of class.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts, Georgia aquarium, World of Coke, Wonderful Wednesdays, a lot of events on campus, clubs, sports, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to study hard. Take opportunities to explore and find out what you want to do freshman and sophomore year.

    In three sentences

    Emory's campus is very beautiful. There are a lot of research, volunteer, academic, and extra curricular opportunities here. The people are very friendly.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    82 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This would be one thing that is lacking. Girls, do not walk alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too early for me to determine, but they have a wide variety.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the work hard, play hard student. Or, like me, the work hard, study more student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley. Just google it. You'll fall in love or think it's very strange. If you think Dooley is strange, this is not the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the tuition is high, but you can see where the money goes. (like the EMory waffle maker.)

    What to do for fun

    There are many places on campus to have fun. And, if that isn't enough, you have the whole city of Atlanta.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is remarkably good if you like Asian or Vegan food.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms have great community except for Longstreet-Means. It is huge!

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for the pre-med classes. They are not designed for everyone to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great school, but it is not for everyone. Be prepared to work, and do not let the amount of work intimidate you.

    In three sentences

    Emory has great academics, but it is not lacking in fun. It is a beautiful campus, and the professors are devoted to your success. Also, there is a weekly farmers' market on campus!

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    83 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The college does try to make the campus fun and exciting. Also, there's frat row, which is where all the sororities and fraternities are. Also, there's shuttles to go out wherever. Plus, you're in Atlanta, so if you don't want to stay on campus, there's plenty of stuff to do off campus.

    Dorm Life

    People are very nice and sweet here.

    Academic Rigor

    Just be on top of things and you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! College will always be a little bit of work to get adjusted to, but if you hate it immediately, you're going to have a bad time.

    In three sentences

    It's an awesome environment. It's not too big or too small. It's also very strong academically.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is literally something for everyone. If you have trouble finding an extracurricular activity, that activity will come to you during Wonderful Wednesdays when clubs gather in the middle of campus and promote their awesomeness.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining halls throughout campus, though the food being served will be similar, if not the same. However, choices have improved throughout the years. DBA in Cox Hall is a popular choice for Southern cuisine, and also my favorite. There are also restaurants off campus; however, when going to these, bring a friend.

    Dorm Life

    A few freshman dorms at Emory are quite old, so sorry in advance if you are assigned to one of them. However, dorm life at Emory, especially during the first year, will probably be the most enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to hit the books at least every weekday and have a coffee in hand. The academics at Emory are tough, but that's characteristic of a Tier 1 school. Just know that your hard work over the 4 years will definitely pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    If possible, go on a day trip Emory University--go on an afternoon tour, sit in on a class, eat lunch in the dining hall, etc. This will give you a better idea of whether or not Emory is a good fit for you. When choosing a college, have an idea or goal in mind of what you would like to gain from a college experience.

    In three sentences

    One a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being unremarkable and 5 being impressive), I consider Emory University as a 5. Emory helps students build sturdy platforms from which they can achieve their goals, no matter what goal that is. Despite having rigorous academia, Emory fosters curiosity and exploration that produces not just intellectuals, but well-rounded scholars with a means to better the world.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    85 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It looks safe to me. Then again, this is a suburban Atlanta community. It's the eighth largest city in the US.

    Greek Life

    I'm not sure, but I believe that there are plenty of places to pledge. I do know that they allow deffered admission so that you don't have to Rush in the fall. You join in spring sememster.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said, plenty of things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically gifted, and globally minded students should come to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They don't have much of a sports program, BUT they have this werid skeleton mascot.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally love this school. It's my first choice. I fell in love with it when I did a summer program there. Facalty and staff are great.

    What to do for fun

    Its in Atlanta, so there is plenty to do. It's the eighth largest US city!

    Food and Dining

    I visited the school, tried out the food, and loved it. They offer variety, the dining hall is large, the meal plan allows unlimited swipes, and they have vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    I spoke to current students, and they say that the dorms are much more comfortable than other schools. There are sinks in every room. Some are suites, some are comunal bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard, it is VERY rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm one myself. Just be honest with the applications. That's what the admissions officers told me. (They can tell if you're bluffing).

    In three sentences

    This school is all about being yourself. Emory is a place where you can expolore many different talents, becuase they have a great program in anything. So, hey, you can be a Chemistry major with a minor in spanish, who is on the pre-med track and sings in an a cappela group on the weekends.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emory has a relative safe community but for prospective students please ensure you understand your responsibility regarding safety on campus. Emory is not exempt from crimes on and off campus but does provide campus security and emergency telephones are placed around campus for any type of emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    Contact the admissions office for student activities of interest.

    What to do for fun

    Emory has a lot of diverse programs for extracurricular activities and many student organizations can provide a host of fun things to do around campus. The Dobbs Center has a welcome center for discounted tickets to off site recreational activities around the atlanta area like Coca Cola, aquarium, concerts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Emory provides student ID cards with the ability to add their campus bucks for cafeteria but there are a host of other dining options off campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently an Career Masters Public Health student and do not stay on campus. Contact the admissions office regarding dormitory housing or off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the academic courses are challenging and interesting but be prepared to work as the courses are designed for critical thinking and career interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ensure you schedule a visit to the school and have questions ready during your campus visit. This helps to eliminate any challenges the prospective student may face when applying and provide an opportunity for the student to prepare and resolve issues prior to class start dates.

    In three sentences

    Emory provides a more proactive approach for undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The school is diverse in student demographics and cultural experiences. I appreciate Emory's online programs which opens the door for those who would otherwise not be able to attend college.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emory has its own police force and they are very active in keeping students safe. In addition, there are cameras everywhere and these help buttons located all over campus that summon the police within a moment's notice. The rule of thumb is that anywhere you stand on campus, a blue pole with a help button is visible! I always feel safe on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lullwater Park is a nature preserve on campus that is absolutely gorgeous. There's a lake in the middle with a hidden waterfall and trails in the surrounding woods that are fantastic for a stress-relieving afternoon run.

    Bang for the buck

    Emory is very expensive, but it's worth it if you can afford it. The school offers amazing financial aid for its students and will work tooth and nail to make a great education affordable.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do at Emory! There's a thriving Greek community, acapella groups performing for free on Fridays, a diverse farmer's market every Thursday, and Volunteer Emory - a growing service organization that hosts a wide array of service projects for students to build their resumes! That's just to name a few. There's always something to do here!

    Food and Dining

    I personally love the Dobbs University Center (DUC) cafeteria. This is where all freshmen eat and they offer everything you can imagine - vegan/vegetarian options, traditional American cuisine, fresh omelettes every Wednesday and on the weekends, etc,! What's unique about Emory's dining program is that every student is awarded Dooley Dollars which is basically $150 to spend at various fast food places and restaurants around campus. That extra bit of money prevents me from getting sick of the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fantastic - especially the freshman residence halls! Many of them were built very recently and they offer different communities based on your interests. If you strive to be eco-friendly, there's a green dorm. If you love learning about other cultures, there's a social entrepreneurship dorm. You can always find your niche!

    Academic Rigor

    Emory isn't easy, but that's part of what makes it great. If everything in life was handed to me, I wouldn't learn anything. If you love an academic challenge and the taste of sweet success after all of your hard work pays off, Emory is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overload yourself in the first semester! College is a time to be serious about your education, but don't forget to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Emory University is an excellent institution with a close-knit student community. Offering challenging course loads, hands-on learning, and enough coffee shops to keep you awake through your 8:30, this is the place to be. Emory gives me all of the tools I need to succeed in college and beyond.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join the extracurricular activities here! I'm part of Salsa club, and I have learned to dance and thrive in a culture I've never experienced! It's all-around fun. Trust me.

    Food and Dining

    I was vegetarian at first.It was hard and I ended up failing. Now I'm a pescatarian. There still aren't that many options, but the food at Cox and DUC and the proximity to restaurants and stores make up for that.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman dorm was amazing. Small and cozy, it was nice. My roommate was chosen randomly and we get along swimmingly. With new renovations being made, the dorms are awesome for just about any activity....except swimming.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging. We're not in the top 20 for nothing. With that said, don't fear. Just keep up with the pace, ask questions, get help, and you will be fine. I'm a science and humanities major, so I see the academic rigor from all sides. Trust me, no matter what, you will have to apply effort. Just don't give up!

    Tips for prospective students

    - Don't be afraid to talk to professors. - Just because someone is different from people in your hometown, don't be afraid to mix and mingle. - Studying can happen anywhere at anytime. - The cultural activities are amazing. Must try to go to them, especially Diwali! - Take a tour if you can. it's a great way of getting to know the campus before the hustle and bustle of classes. - Your major might change when you get here due to the many different classes and majors here. This does not make you a bad person. You're just learning about yourself

    In three sentences

    The school is a beautiful, vibrant place full of many different cultures. Big on sustainability, there is greenery all around. The culture isn't only for the landscape; it extends to the classroom as well, allowing students to take a class on Tai Chi, Tibetan, Miyazaki, among other fascinating subjects.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    89 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A major priority and I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    It is definitely a presence, but if you don't want to associate with it then you don't have to (seriously).

    Clubs and Activities

    Volunteer Emory is a great way to meet people, explore the surrounding area and get outside. Outdoor Emory is also tons of fun - if you have the chance go on the pre-orientation outdoor trips because they are a blast. Emory also has hundreds of other clubs to join so try them out and see.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wonderful Wednesdays are every week in Asbury Circle - you get free food and stuff and it's fun! Swoop is a cool mascot but Dooley is hands down cooler. Songfest - get into it and have fun

    Bang for the buck

    Chipotle on Halloween you get $3 burritos or bowls! Woodruff has delicious chicken fingers and fries and it counts as a meal swipe too!

    What to do for fun

    Run in Lullwater Park. Walk around Emory Village or Emory Point. Take the weekend shuttles into Atlanta. Rent a projector from the library for a movie night. Just explore campus and you will find something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The DUC is actually great! The omelette station on Wednesday nights and weekends is the BEST and worth the long line. Be friendly to the workers and they will be friendly back. Go to Cox and the other little places on campus too once in a while.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are really nice and they are huge too. If you want a single you can do that. If you want a double (I recommend this) you can do that too.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, but not impossible. The professors are there to help you so utilize them as resources! If you have the chance, take a class with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi - he is one of the best teachers there and quite hilarious too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress too much about your essay for you application (not that it isn't important, but if you are qualified then you have a great chance of getting in). Go to office hours! Seriously, do. Explore the campus, it's pretty beautiful and has so many hidden places to go and study. Talk to your roommate on the phone and if possible meet them in person before you commit! Also, pick out classes you want to take for your first semester, but don't get too attached to them. If you can't get them make sure to have many back up schedules that you would be happy with. Woodruff Library is great - the 7th floor and the 10th floor outside are the best floors.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely LOVE Emory. There is definitely something for everyone to do here both academically and socially (as cliche as that sounds it's 100% true). The professors are very passionate and there to help you learn as best they can.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Life here is really what you make of it. You can go to the gym hang out with friends and explore Atlanta or you can stay in your room all day.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food and you can't go wrong with that!

    Dorm Life

    It's four stars because some of the Dorms are awesome and others are crappy.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but remember it wouldn't be in the top 20 if it wasn't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have a study plan worked out and for gods sake do not procrastinate!

    In three sentences

    The school is diverse and offers lots of opportunities. The networking opportunities at this school is endless which allows for better experiences outside of school. The Emory environment also fosters a lot of places to study with study halls and coffee shops at every corner.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    go go go

    In three sentences

    Beautiful School. Great Environment. Friendly people.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I was disappointing to discover Greek life has nothing to do with Greece.

    Food and Dining

    They make undergrads buy a meal plan, so that's a downside.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not going here yet so I wouldn't know

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be pretty smart to get in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be rich.

    In three sentences

    It's considered the best school in the nation for writers, and English majors here get a lot more freedom to choose their classes than in other schools.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to go above and beyond

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have Dooley's week (dedicated to the unofficial skeleton mascot).

    Food and Dining

    The food has its days.Some days they have great food and other days it's pretty disappointing.however there are many different locations around campus where you can get all sorts of food besides the cafeteria

    Tips for prospective students

    You can't be lazy. Never let yourself get behind

    In three sentences

    Emory is a good university that offers many resources and quality education. It can be challenging. However there is a pretty good balance of work and fun.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an unofficial mascot called dooley who does walks around with body guards that speak for him. If he comes into your class and asks the professor a question, and the professor can't open it, then you are dismissed. We also have the traditional coke toast since Emory is a Coca cola campus. Wonderful Wednesdays every wednesdays were music is played and clubs and organizations have booths.

    What to do for fun

    Hundreds of clubs and organizations to join. Emory Uniersiy is always putting on events as well as many of its clubs, there is never a boring moment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Liberal Arts education allows you to explore different fields. Great Financial aid if you are planning on applying. I recommend dong the optional essay on the application.

    In three sentences

    Great community because of its size. There is also alot to do on campus as well as of since it is located in Atlanta. Very focused on Academics great proffesors.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Seems relatively safe... but far from ideal.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of cool clubs here and usually something going on or some kind of event.

    Great for these types of students

    Like quieter smaller environments where they can meet people and have more of a chance to get to know them than at a huge university (though you have to make an effort, not everything will happen automatically).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dooley!

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive to go here, so unless you need to get some very good financial aid from the college or just have the money. I am not sure where all the money goes.

    What to do for fun

    Walk, communicate with people, observe, be in nature, think about things. Think about your thoughts, without the thoughts that created those thoughts and without clinging to any previous models of thinking!

    Food and Dining

    It really depends on the day. They have a sandwich station and vegan options which are really nice.

    Dorm Life

    They just finished a new residence hall. Most of the dorms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the classes that you are taking and who you are taking them with. Personally I have found the classes to be pretty fair overall, but they won't all just be a breeze so be prepared to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want small a liberal arts college experience and then want to move on to a university after 2 years then Oxford College is for you, just make sure that is what you want.

    In three sentences

    Oxford College is a quiet community where you have the opportunity to meet some really interesting people. The weather cycles through the four seasons, but it is not extreme; if you are lucky you might even see some snow. The professors are awesome and focused on teaching and interacting with students.