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High School Student

Computers: Cox Hall has a really, really nice, super high-tech computer lab with meeting rooms fully wired with the lastest AV equipment for small groups to meet in and classrooms with similarly high-tech equipment for larger groups and review sessions. It's usually busy but rarely crowded. The whole campus is wireless, and the connection is pretty good.

College Freshman

Parking: Freshman cannot have a car, and it sucks to have a car any other year. Driving in Atlanta is a nightmare. Public transportation is much less of a hassle than having a car on campus.

College Sophomore

Parking: Freshmen can't have cars at Emory, but it's pretty useless as everything you need as a freshman is on campus. If you really have the urge to go off campus, you can use an Emory shuttle to get to the mall, grocery store, or weekend hangout spots. If not, you can always ask an upperclassman friend, or grab a Zipcar, which is a car-sharing program that gives a discounted rate for all Emory students. If you must bring a car, parking on campus is incredibly expensive at more than $600/year, and you are only allowed to park in the parking garage to which you are assigned at the beginning of the year.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The easiest place for freshman to get to is Emory Village, which has several places to eat. Most are relatively cheap. There are plenty of places within driving distance too, since Emory is pretty well situated within Atlanta. The most popular thing to do is probably ordering food to be delivered. There are plenty of cheap options. Check out Doc Chey's in the Village, where a meal is about $7-9.

College Freshman

Facilities: The DUC is mostly only used for dining, but there are study areas and club meeting areas as well. The library has everything you could ever need, including eight floors of books, a Music & Media floor with current movies to rent, study rooms that groups can reserve, and endless computers, including PCs and Macs. There's also a 24-hour coffee place in the basement for late-night studying. Cox Hall also has a computer lab with a more relaxed atmosphere and plenty of resources, including SmartBoards for study groups to use and computers with video and photo editing software.

College Freshman

Facilities: Emory has amazing facilities. The WoodPec gym is great: Olympic-sized pool, basketball, yoga studios, indoor tennis, workout machines--the works! The library is great, too. Cox computer lab is really chill--you can sit on floor cushions and eat while you study on the computer. There are computer kiosks in all of the buildings. The student center is pretty good, too.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food in Emory Village isn't at all representative of the great restaurants Atlanta has to offer, but do offer diverse and well-priced options that range from soups to Chinese to pizza to Italian to Greek. Panera is a campus favorite, as well as Doc Chey's and Saba.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Just across the street from the entrance of campus is an area called Emory Village that has a number of restaurants including Everybody's Pizza, Saba (a pasta place), and Doc Chey's Noodle House. All three are really good and reasonably priced. With the availability of cabs and public transit, it's also easy to get off campus and go into Atlanta for dinner, where the possibilities are essentially endless.

High School Student

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are steadily improving as new dorms are being built. The new dorms are fantastic and environmentally friendly as well! As for upperclassmen housing, the Clairmont Residential Campus is beautiful--its nickname is "the country club." After sophomore year, though, you aren't guaranteed housing. Regardless, many upperclassmen decide to move into off-campus apartments, and there are countless options for that!

College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs here at Emory are wonderful. There are many computers and none that are bad. There is also the option to use 40-plus-inch screens with a wireless mouse and keyboard in the Cox lab. About half of the computers in the library have two monitors, and the other half has 20-plus-inch monitors.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Right now, Emory is spending significant amounts of money in revamping its housing situation. 2008 saw the introduction of two great freshmen dorms. These new dorms are to be followed with an entire freshman dorm complex over the next two years. Also, the Clairmont campus, usually reserved for upperclassmen, has been opened to sophomores and above. Often described as a resort on campus, the Clairmont housing complex is beautiful and well-equipped. Many of the older dorms on campus have been torn down in recent years and are in the process of being replaced, though many buildings such as the Clifton Towers are still relics of the past.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are great if you can get one of the new dorms. Definitely avoid Dobbs and some of McTrymble, but the rest of the dorms are OK. Few and Evans are the best because they were built most recently and are basically brand new. New Turman is also only two years old.

Niche User

Academics: The teachers are well rounded and tend to be very passionate, so it's not just about transferring facts to the students. They give life to the classes despite the fact that some of the material may be a little dull.

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Academics: Some majors are a little more distant than others. In the arts, the classes are very small and the teachers are much more accessible and willing to watch you develop over the years. They stay with you, mentoring you as you take each step toward finishing the major.

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Academics: I have found the professors to be very good. They are knowledgeable, interested in what students are getting from the courses, and willing to assist students who have questions outside of class.

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Academics: Even though I have only spent one year at Emory, I have found classes to be interesting and stimulating across the board.

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Academics: The classes and professors are great! They are truly one of the only reasons to stay at Emory.

Niche User

Academics: There's the good and the bad. I've had teachers say, `If you have questions, come to office hours, stop by if I'm in my office, call, e-mail, stop me on campus and I'll help you right then and there,' and they will. Then there are the professors who don't get the point across and don't care. But I've had more good than bad. The same goes for classes. Emory has a lot of requirements for the liberal arts degree, so you most likely will have to take some classes that you really don't want to.

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Academics: I’ve had everything from a statistics professor that barely spoke English to a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction teacher. The whole group varies, but as a whole, the teachers here are well respected in their fields and very intelligent. Your grade is usually a reflection of how much you enjoyed the teacher here, and attendance.

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Academics: The Freshman Seminars are great because they usually feature the top two or three professors in each department, and the classes are small and focused on a very specific and interesting topic.

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Academics: Some teachers are amazing, and some are amazingly bad. The best advice is to ask around upperclassmen to find out which teachers are best for you. Any senior can give you a great list of good and bad apples.

Niche User

Academics: Some teachers are too interested in their own research and writing to help the students, especially in the Undergraduate Business School. I had a teacher last year that basically made us do his research for him so that he could make money off it. I've also had teachers who make you buy their book for class, even when the book is horrible.

Niche User

Academics: If you can figure out ahead of time who to take, which you won't be able to do until your second semester, you can create a perfect semester, where you have a good mix of easy and engaging classes.

Niche User

Academics: Due to the relatively small class size in upper-level courses at Emory, students develop closer relationships with teachers here than at larger schools. This may be either a benefit, or a detriment, according to your personal learning style. Many students are fans of the small classes and intense student-teacher interaction, but sometimes this environment forces you to participate, so you need to stay on top of the work.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Everyone down here is so nice, you really do get a glimpse into Southern culture and hospitality living in Atlanta. There are some places to avoid, like downtown and any place in southern Atlanta.


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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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