Impressions Of
Emory University

Academic Experience

Male Business Administration Major with concentrations in Finance and Accounting C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel the business school does especially well or poorly?
I think the business school helps build relationships between the students. They host a lot of weekly events where we get free food and can meet each other. I think that really helps the experience. I don’t think the business school is doing very well with diversity and inclusion whether it’s with race and ethnicity or first-generation and low-income students. Hispanics are already a minority in the university as a whole but especially in the business school there are not many students who look like me or come from the same background as me, so there are times when I feel like my voice isn’t as strong. [About 10% of undergraduates are Hispanic.]

How would you describe the learning environment? Is it particularly competitive or collaborative?
As a whole, it is pretty competitive. The business school grades on a curve, so if other students do better than you, you will do worse. In that sense, it is competitive. In small groups, we’re very collaborative and we always try to push each other and work together to get the best grade.

Can you describe a time where you felt that competitive atmosphere?
On a daily basis there are a lot of times, especially in classes where there is a participation grade, it seems like students are racing to be the one chosen for whatever small volunteer project the professor is asking for or if the professor asks a question everyone is really eager to answer it even if they’re not necessarily correct.

Female Biology Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the learning environment? Is it particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s a bit of both. It’s extremely competitive, especially when you’re in the pre-health track. This is because the majority of Emory students are either pre-health, pre-med, or decide to go to the business school. It is competitive in that you’re all taking the same classes and everyone’s doing the same thing and targeting the same opportunities because, especially with medical school, there are certain boxes that need to be checked to move forward. There’s the pressure of trying to make my experience stand out or being able to show a medical school that I’m the person they want. It can also be collaborative because there are group mentoring sessions and other projects and activities we do in groups which makes it easier because you can split up the work.

How accessible have your professors been?
One of the best things about Emory is the faculty. We have such great professors. I haven’t met a single professor who wouldn’t want to meet with you, or who wouldn’t want to spend more time with you about the material until you’re comfortable. They are a great resource if you want to talk to them about anything else.

Female Political Science and Philosophy Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
For Philosophy, it’s a lot of essay work and writing. It’s made me a more comprehensive reader and has increased my writing skills a lot. My Political Science classes have taught me a lot about working with data and how to use this data.

How would you describe the learning environment in your majors? Is it particularly competitive or collaborative?
The best part about Emory is that everyone wants to be and do the best but not at the expense of other students. It’s very much a collaborative environment where people will share notes and are willing to study together.

Do you think people are open to multiple schools of thought in the classroom?
In a lot of discussion-based classes, I feel like people are free to state their opinions as long as they are respectful to others There is a difference between being biased and objective. I think with these discussions the people are able to listen to other’s opinions as long as we aren’t attacking each other’s voice.

Social Opportunities

Male Business Administration Major with concentrations in Finance and Accounting C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Emory?
There are a lot of great restaurants about 15-minutes away so we like to go there a lot. My friends and I also like to go to a place called Loca Luna that is a tapas place and also has dancing on Friday and Saturday night. Thursday nights there are a lot of house parties at the houses near campus. About half of the house parties are hosted by fraternities and the other times they’re just hosted by a group of friends. I tend to go to house parties hosted by other Latinx students because they’ll invite everybody in the Latinx community. Then Sunday is mostly staying in and catching up on work. The house parties are hosted

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
I like to go to improv comedy shows. Those are really cheap and nearby. There is also a bowling alley and arcade close by.

Female Business Administration and Psychology Double Major C/O 2021

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
[About 30% of students are in Greek life], so there are a lot of fraternity parties. There are also a lot of clubs and bars in Atlanta.

What nights of the week do you regularly go out?
Sometimes it doesn’t depend on the night because there are specific nights that an event is being hosted at a specific venue. But usually, I go out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
Greek life does have a big impact on nightlife. Emory’s student body is [16%] international students and the international students usually hang out as their own group. I have international friends, but it’s not super common. It’s rare to have international students go through recruitment or rush. Half of the people I know are part of Greek life and Greek life can seem small at times. The good part about Emory’s Greek life is that there’s not a very divisive idea that girls of one sorority can’t be friends with girls of another sorority.

Male Political Science Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Emory?
It depends. I’m not in a fraternity, but first-semester freshman year I went to a lot of frat parties. Now that I’m not in one, I don’t do that as much. Most of my weekend stuff revolves around sorority date parties, clubs in Atlanta, and staying in to just hang out.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
I think people are also happy to watch a movie and hang out. People will go into Atlanta to get dinner and walk around the neighborhoods. The two most popular neighborhoods for people to go to in Atlanta are Decatur and Inman Park.

How happy were you with the nightlife at Emory? Is there anything you would change?
As someone not in Greek life, sometimes I wish it wasn’t as Greek centered. Not joining was a conscious choice on my part, but I’m largely happy with it. Emory is very academic centered, so [the party scene] is appropriate for the type of school we are.

Campus Culture

Female Biology Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the overall social scene at Emory?
It’s not amazing. You do have something to do every weekend, and it’s not pathetic. Emory has a lot of events if you love going to seminars, attending workshops, or talks from different scholars. One good thing about Emory is we have a school-sponsored shuttle system that runs to happening places in the city. We’d get free transportation for something going on, like a food truck festival. They realized since we’re not in the middle of the city, maybe some of these things would be out of reach for some students.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
It’s a really warm environment. There’s an office, club, and community for each identity, and they host so many events. There are nights where you can go have food and talk to people. I love the diversity when it comes to different places, even in the United States. Emory is huge on LGBTQ support.

To what extent do international students mix with domestic students?
I don’t think it’s that big of an issue. No one section is hostile toward the other, it’s all very chill. Of course, I still see the international kids sticking with each other a little more than the domestic students, but I feel that is natural. I have a lot of domestic friends, and my roommate is from Georgia. It depends how outgoing you are, opposed to how the communities feel about each other.

Female Business Administration and Psychology Double Major C/O 2021

How did you meet your closest friends?
My friends have changed every semester. I’ve gotten closer with specific people. You get close to people if you know them, you see them around through classes, or you live with them. I met my closest friends freshman year through my dorm. After joining Greek life and living in the sorority lodge, I’ve gotten closer to people in my sorority.

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I think it’s a great place if you like walking around and seeing people you know. At Emory, you can walk into the dining hall and always see someone you know there. However, it’s a big enough school that you can constantly meet people. Especially in Greek life, there’s a big environment of knowing about other people and what they’re doing.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
It’s very diverse. I have friends from so many places and different sexual orientations. I think Emory is a very accepting community, especially compared to where I grew up. It’s much more diverse. [About 41% of Emory’s student body is White.]

Male Political Science Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the overall social scene at Emory?
I’d say people primarily go to Emory to be studious and because it’s a highly rigorous academic school, but people are also here to have fun. People always prioritize their studies, but it’s definitely a fun school where people can separate the two.

How do you like the size of Emory in terms of undergraduate enrollment? [Emory’s undergraduate population is 8,000.]
I think it’s the perfect size for a college campus. It’s not too small where you know everybody, but it’s small enough to get individualized attention, get involved on campus, and feel like you know a lot of people. I joke that I can’t walk across campus without seeing someone I know, which I kind of like. It makes it a much more comfortable place to be.

Do people generally seem happy with their college choice of Emory by their senior year? Do people leave loving Emory?
I think people leave loving Emory. People say that once they graduate they don’t tend to come back. That might be because it’s not a football school so you’d be coming back to walk around the campus. I think Emory does a good job at mimicking the real world, so people get a good sense of life after graduation.

Atlanta, Georgia

Pros of

  • “You are really close to a very good airport, [Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport], which I didn’t think about when applying to college.”
  • “It’s close enough to the city of Atlanta but far enough away to feel like you’re not in the middle of the city. It’s a 10-15-minute drive to downtown Atlanta.”
  • “There is a lot of culture in Atlanta. There are emerging art movements and little nooks that are great.”
  • “It’s a really nice neighborhood. The Druid Hills area is pretty safe.”

Cons of

  • “There is not a lot of late night stuff going on, so if you want to get food late at night, you are kind of out of luck.”
  • “There is poor public transpiration.”
  • “Off-campus housing can be pretty expensive so it can be difficult to find an affordable place nearby.”
  • “Atlanta is not very representative of what being in Georgia is like. It’s very diverse but is also pretty segregated, so I wish there was more integration of the communities I don’t see every day.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Business Administration Major with concentrations in Finance and Accounting C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Emory before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew about certain resources that we have. We have a Lending Library where you can borrow textbooks so you don’t have to buy them and there is the Clothing Closet where you can borrow professional attire for interviews and events that you have to attend.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Claremont Campus, which is where upperclassmen live, is a pretty nice facility that I don’t think prospective students see. It’ll give you an idea of what your third and fourth year will look like if you live there.

Female Biology Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Emory before you entered as a freshman?
That is was going to be this competitive academically, and even otherwise. Because I’m on the pre-health track, everyone is doing the same things, so there’s competition [to stand out]. It’s hard to find that one thing that will set your application apart from others.

What is something a prospective international student may want to know that has not been mentioned?
The international student community is amazing. If somebody were coming in I’d just say that you’re going to be fine. You’ll find people just like you, and even from the same country. The domestic students are welcoming as well, and you won’t feel out of place.

Female Business Administration and Psychology Double Major C/O 2021

What is one thing you wish you knew about Emory before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew more about the size. It’s something I really like, but it does get a little suffocating at times. Being able to explore Atlanta and get away has been really beneficial. [There are about 8,000 undergraduate students.]

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The strong Jewish culture is something not talked about, but it’s very big at Emory. You also might miss the student community on a visit. Emory has a very strong community, there is a lot of student involvement that’s not shown through tours. Almost every student is involved in something beyond their coursework. It’s very common to be involved in many different clubs or organizations. It’s a great way to meet people and Emory focuses on that, in addition to the academics. [Over 80% of students volunteered during the 2017-2018 academic year.]

Reasons to attend and not to attend Emory University

To Attend

  • “The campus is beautiful. We have marble buildings and every year I’ve been here they’ve been building new buildings.”
  • “The quality of professors you get is unparalleled and they care about your success.”
  • “Great financial aid.” [The average Emory College financial aid package is $45,696. Emory is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need of accepted domestic students.]
  • “It’s a very diverse space with different identities represented.” [The class of 2018 was 37% White and 22% Asian, 32% came from the Southeast, and 18% were international.]

To Not Attend

  • “Sometimes you miss the college game day experience that doesn’t exist at Emory.”
  • “If you have an interest in being social but not Greek life, it’s probably not the place for you.”
  • “We don’t have a lot of school spirit. If you’re looking for school spirit and parties every weekend, you’re not going to get that here.”
  • “If you want to live on-campus all 4 years, most Emory students usually move off campus their junior or senior year.” [On campus housing is not guaranteed for juniors and seniors.]
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