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4 College Student

Overall Experience: Emory was so close to my high school, so it feels like I was already there for 4 years. Since, I've learned so much, and all it does is earn my respect. I live there, study there, and work there--such a major part of my life!

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a frequent user of the gym and I wish that clairmont's exercise equipment was much better than what we have now. Similarly, at the primary gym on campus the weight room is essentially a narrow hallway filled with equipment - not the best way to organize that.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The policies that this school have bordered on the outrageous at times, where oftentimes even the slightest amounts of noise can get you in trouble.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Emory's atmosphere caters to a niche crowd whose interest in college sports is trumped by a preppy and expensive taste in fashion and lifestyle.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had any internship experiences at Emory yet.

College Sophomore

Majors: I don't really have much experience with the department since I only just recently declared my major. That process, however, was relatively simple.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: The biggest complaints most people have towards the internet is how slow it can become and how frequently it drops. This kind of stuff should not be happening at a major university, especially one of this magnitude.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At Emory greek life is not that big of a presence and so they don't play that big of a role in many students' lives. They do offer several parties though which are relatively easy to get into.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes themselves are expensive and beyond that it's difficult to even find a parking spot near where you want to go.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the variety that the city of Atlanta has to offer. Even right on campus at the emory village is an assortment of really good places to eat.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice for freshmen and slightly less so for sophomores. Clairmont, except for the towers, are excellent apartments with a lot of room and amenities.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Right beyond the neighborhood of Emory is the entire city of Atlanta which is teeming with places to go and events to attend all throughout the year.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: This year we had 2 weeks off solely for snow days but usually the weather has little to no impact on day to day life. The sunny days make those days that much better though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are rigorous but all-encompassing.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: All the seasons here are beautiful--fall especially is incredible--but winter lasts for SO long!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is ok and not super expensive, but getting permission to live off campus is a tricky process. I've heard of students getting married to friends just so they could move off campus together.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think that if you come to Emory with Greek life in mind, it is for you. I've never felt pressured to join Greek life. Those of my associates that have joined or pledged seem to enjoy it very much. Eagle Row(our fraternity row) has mostly a negative image since many drunken incidents have occurred there, but hopefully that will change soon. Generally, those apart of Greek life are very proud of their letters and are involved in many community service ventures.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Emory shuttles take you to a decent number of places that students and hospital personnel have made regular bee-lines to. There is a designated Oxford College shuttle that runs from Woodruff Circle. You can be shuttled to North Dekalb Mall. I think that the transportation service commissioners are very aware of the student itinerary and the scope of their travels for school, for internships and for work. If you are an Emory student, any shuttle operating from Woodruff Circle is free of charge. If you would like to go deeper into the city, MARTA is viable and frequented option for transport.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think that the strictness of policy matches the culture of drinking and academic integrity. When the university sees that student conduct as grown increasingly inappropriate, PSAs are emailed and posted on social media as a means of checks and balances on their behavior. Just recently we got an email reminding the Emory community about the seriousness of the Honor Code.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity at Emory is represented by all walks of life. You can meet any type of individual from any SES background, sexual orientation, or religion and have a conversation without being surrounded by an air of immediate judgement. There are a diversity of political beliefs but most are liberal. At Emory people appreciate diversity as a necessary asset to life. More diversity in experience means better decision-making across the board. We could stand to have a larger Black/African American community and Hispanic community. You will see more Whites and Asians than any ethnicity. There are stereotype cohorts here just like anywhere else, but there is an abundance of creative and eclectic individuals with an understanding of multiple world views .

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My rating is limited for Emory's main campus housing because I transferred from Oxford, but from what I've seen and heard, the dorms and amenities are very clean and there is a strong sense of community among freshmen. Someone who lives on main campus told me that they couldn't imagine having to take shuttles to get to main campus everyday. I currently live on the Clairmont campus which has apartment style living and tennis/basketball courts, a nice-sized pool (about the size of two tennis courts) and an activities center with computers and study rooms. I have to take a shuttle to get to and fro, but it only takes about ten minutes. And walking to the central campus only takes about 12-15 minutes. Living on Clairmont Campus just requires more through time management and planning. The social atmosphere on Clairmont is lively on weekends and peaceful for the majority of the week.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Those pursuing a Bachelor's in Sociology will find a strong sense of community at Emory. Through student internet media and communications, you will always be updated about networking event programs and scholarship listings as well as study abroad ventures. There is no abnormal application process for this major. To be among the best, embrace the liberal arts culture here and connect Sociology to another discipline such as Medicine, Public Health Policy, or even Music.

3 College Junior

Majors: I feel as though there should be more foundational classes that are more research based and less theory based. Yes, theory is important for understanding the way sociologists study behaviors and patterns. But I think Emory could use more classes that involve creative/critical thinking projects that allow students to test theories instead of just reading about them. Other than this sentiment, I think overall, the program provides a decent knowledge base. You are expected to read articles and books for the "big idea" in most classes. Professors don't want us to get lost in the details. Eventually you will start to see an overarching theme surrounding the importance of empirical data and that every theory is testable. The sociology program is well-supported, and although it is viewed as one of the easiest majors, there are advisors and professors that inform you of a world of opportunity with the knowledge you gain in the classroom. There is an expectation that you will get involved outside of the college community and make changes.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Emory's student population is very attractive overall. Guys have a variety of interests and unique styles of dress. They know to keep it simple and fresh with a nice polo and jeans, and some go so far as to throw on a blazer with a button down. I would say the upperclass males are more in tune with their style. There is a hook-up culture that one should avoid. Finding a soulmate takes time (at least a year and a half) as it should. General gregariousness and being well groomed with a fun-loving personality gets attention. Even the people categorized as "nerds" are likable and of relationship material.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I think that Emory's proximity to restaurants and clubs in Atlanta is great. It's a University experience that requires some exploring on one's own. I found this restaurant named Bhojanic on Clairmont which has excellent food and service. I think many of the restaurants are conscious of the college community and cater to it well. Nightlife is not grandiose, but there are a few spots that you can find that fit your tastes.

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Matt Kohn
Hometown
Rockville, MD
Major
undeclared
Grad Year
2014
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Emory provides for a very unique and rewarding college experience. With the prestigious and academically rigorous University paired with the entertaining and lively city of Atlanta, your experience at Emory will certainly be a memorable one. You will be forced to work hard during your time at Emory, but you will hopefully see the benefits of this shortly thereafter. Many find Emory's celebrated diversity a blessing as well as a curse, as sometimes the various minorities or student groups become extremely cliquey and exclusive, leaving some students feeling left out. But for most this feeling does not last, and they quickly find their group of friends and people who they truly care about. There is a niche and group for everyone at Emory, but sometimes it can take a while to discover where exactly it is.

While the tuition rates at Emory are some of the highest in the nation, many students look back after a few years and feel that their time at Emory was well spent, literally and figuratively. The school has tons of invaluable resources to offer from the million-dollar facilities to the world-class professors, and your experience is truly what you make of it. The city also has an unlimited amount of opportunities and resources at each student's disposal as well. Both Emory and Atlanta have everything anyone could ask for and more, and until you realize this, you will not be able to fully understand the blessing of attending Emory.

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