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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: What Exactly Is Around? If you want to do something within walking distance of campus, good luck. There are about 6 local shops, although there are a lot more food places. Atlanta itself as some amazing places to visit, but unless you have a car or dare to take the untimely and uncertain public transportation then you really can't take advantage of the city.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Best of All Worlds – Emory has everything: great academics, vibrant nightlife (ATL knows how to party), good people, safety, and nice facilities. It definitely takes some getting used to, but most colleges do. And once you give it a chance, you'll realize how amazing your college experience at Emory really was.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Prevalent & Lenient – One of my first experiences in college was smoking a 3-foot bong in a fraternity house. Drugs are pretty easy to obtain and even easier to use. The best part is that there is no pressure to use drugs, so you can do as you please without feeling judged.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: No Football = No School Spirit – As a former varsity athlete, I can definitely say we need more school spirit. Emory's athletic teams rank as some of the best in the nation for DIII, yet we get no loving.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Summers are brutally hot, but you can cool off at Clairmont (which is known as Emory's country club). It rains occasionally, but overall the weather is great. My only complaint is the ridiculously high pollen count in the spring.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Never Scurred – Emory has a very safe campus. For those who are afraid to walk home at night (or are too lazy/drunk), you can call the Emory Escort Service and they will pick you up and drive you home (as long as you live relatively close to campus).

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Emory has a large foreign Asian population especially and also a bunch of internationals from India. Europeans are in short supply though as are Hispanics. Racially there is a pretty strong black population as well and as for the white people tons are Jewish. It is a good mix and everyone is really accepting of everyone else.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal Plan – Anyone living on campus has to have a meal plan and freshman year it is a mandatory unlimited meal plan. This sounds good but the food most freshman eat ends up being from the main cafeteria, which gets pretty boring fast. Overall it is okay though and there are other options in the surrounding areas that are quite nice.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Emory has a lot of housing really close by and student neighborhoods to live in. The majority of juniors and seniors live off campus and housing is not guaranteed on-campus for those years. There are a lot of good, cheap options but students may also need a car to get to campus or at least a bike, which could be difficult for some.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not Going Out Tonight – Emory challenging school academically. Students quickly realize academics must come before fun if they want to succeed. All in all it is a great place as long as you are disciplined enough to stay in some weekends if you know you have studying to do.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Always Something to Do on Frat Row – There is always at least 1 frat throwing a party each weekend, which always gives students an on-campus option to have fun. The parties are not the funniest in the country, this is not a party school. However there is fun to be had and always at least frat row to go to

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus Is Beautiful – The buildings are gorgeous. There are many new dorms and buildings that look brand new. Every time I go to another schools campus I realize how nice Emory really is in comparison. It is very nice to walk through campus and be able to see beautiful facilities, it makes students feel comfortable and safe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty Strict, but Not Too Bad – The administration is pretty adamant about not breaking rules, but could be a bit more observant about the smoking that occurs so near buildings, and the cigarette butts that are everywhere. People are punished for breaking rules, especially vandalism.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Difficult but Good Relationships With Professors – I go to Oxford College of Emory University, and the work load is very trying. But, the professors are always there to help, and the class sizes are so small you can have a great relationship with your professor, though, of course, some professors are much clearer than others.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Atlanta has some great restaurants, and there are even great ones within walking distance of Emory's main campus. Emory Village, which is less than a 10 minute walk from any freshman dorm, has tons of restaurants.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Don't believe the hype when you visit. Girls here at not that attractive, but the way they walk around campus like their too cute to be touched is ridiculous. The sorority girls are pretty slutty for the most part, but junior and senior girls are the worst, all stuck up bitches. Well maybe just 95.76%

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking services are not the easiest people to deal with. Sometimes, students cannot get a parking spot.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: From what I have heard from users, the two drugs of choice at Emory are marijuana and cocaine. Smoking (cigarettas) is very common. Drinking happens at parties, but you don't seem to hear a lot about it.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Campus, Lacking in Sports – Emory is gorgeous and all of the facilities are well kept and fully functional. There is plenty to do on campus to get involved, the only lacking aspect is the varsity sports. There is no varsity football team and the rest of the sports don't generate enough school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many Fast Food/Chain Restaurants – There are nothing but chain restaurants; they're plentiful.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not a great selection. Either your typical nerd, or hot and arrogant spoiled kids. Few in between.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are so many safety features on campus, like "Emory Escort" which is a ride that can pick you up from anywhere on campus at night & take you back to your room. I almost always feel safe. It's in a nicer part of Atlanta too.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Campus life at Emory is excellent. The academic programs challenge students and are very educational. The social scene at Emory is very diverse. There are kids of all different socio-economic classes, races, and backgrounds. This leads to a plethora of things to do and people to interact with. The Greek life of Emory is big in everyday life and has an impact on what kids do socially. I think that Emory caters to the needs and wants of students, bringing in comedians and musicians to perform. Overall I'd say that Emory campus life is really good.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Emory is fortunate enough to have an extensive network of buses that travel throughout Emory and its affiliates. There are buses to and from campus and to off campus housing, parking garages, and buildings not directly located on the Emory campus. I also take great pride in riding the Emory buses. This stems from Emory's use of alternative fuels in the buses. All buses promote "Green Living" and that the shuttle network runs on alternative fuels. Having a car offers obvious flexibility to students although students without a car can manage quite well without one. There are shuttles to the airports during the holidays. Almost anything that a student needs is within walking distance from campus and the local housing.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Life in Atlanta – Atlanta is a great place to live. It offers tremendous diversity in its citizen, activities, and opportunities. Atlanta is a hub of culture in Georgia and shows the potential for a young adult in a major city in America. There are professional sports, museums, parks, restaurants, and historical districts that make the town generate interest on a constant basis. In addition, there are a lot of different activities that one can engage in. Hiking, biking in the city, fishing in the Chatahoochee river, and cultural opportunities give ample opportunity for someone to expand their personal growth and peak their creativity. Emory is located in Decatur, a district in midst of Atlanta. Like all major cities, Atlanta has good and bad areas. Decatur and the location of Emory feel very safe and offer relative peace of mind to students working late at night and/or going out with friends. I've had nothing but positive reactions from local residents in regards to Emory and its student body. I've been very fortunate to experience Emory University and the city of Atlanta. I could easily see myself living in Atlanta when I am older and maintaining an active presence in the alumni community of Emory.


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Matt Kohn
Rockville, MD
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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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