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Atlanta, GA
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$42,980
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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

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus restaurants are excellent as Emory is stationed in the booming metropolis of Atlanta, a city that is desperately trying to compete with NY and LA in every facet, especially food.

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Off-Campus Dining: Atlanta has great restaurants. From gourmet expensive restaurants to small ethnic restaurants, there are tons of options. My favorite area to eat in is on Buford Highway in Chamblee, where there are a number of authentic Vietnamese and Korean restaurants. If you are a fan of Thai or Mexican food, all you have to do is cruise into a strip mall-there are always Mexican and Thai places in strip malls.

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Off-Campus Dining: Food around Atlanta is fantastic, especially if you are willing to spend some money. There is a great group of restaurants called the Buckhead Life Group, and nearly every one of them is delicious.

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Off-Campus Dining: Atlanta is right up there with any major US city in terms of its restaurants. Some great but expensive spots are Nava, Blue Pointe, Bones, and Chops. There are some okay places right around Emory, like Cedar Tree and Doc Chey's. If you can get around Atlanta as a freshman, there are tons of awesome restaurants.

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Off-Campus Dining: Little Five Points has a great burger place called Vortex, and a great pizza place called Savage Pizza. The Highlands has Dish, Noche, and Neighbor's, all of which are great. Buckhead is packed with nice restaurants, as is Midtown. There are also some really good chain places around Atlanta, like Fellini's for pizza, La Fonda for Cuban food, Taco Mac for wings and beer, and Melton's for great bar food.

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Off-Campus Dining: This city has a lot of good ethnic places because there is really a strong population of Mexicans, Vietnamese, Koreans, and Greek people.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are more restaurants within a ten-minute drive than you could possible ever eat at. Most places are pretty good around town, and some are outstanding.

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Parking: As a freshman you aren’t allowed to have a car, but some people still do. To do this you have to have an upperclassman without a car buy you a parking permit and pay them for it.

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Parking: Parking is pretty easy. There are three or four decks around campus and you have to buy a pass for one of them. If you live in a fraternity or theme house, you can buy a pass for them too.

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Parking: Parking could use some work, because there is never enough convenient parking. That leads to a lot of illegal parking, which leads to lots of tickets and towings. Basically, the school really wants you to buy a permit, and if you don't, they will get you somehow.

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Parking: If you have a parking pass, it should never be a problem to find a spot around campus. If not, or if you park somewhere that your pass doesn't allow, you will definitely be towed or ticketed at least.

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Parking: Parking sucks, and the school, as usual, charges way too much for the passes.

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Parking: You can always find a spot, but you have to have a parking pass, or you'll get booted or towed. You also have to stay in your designated parking lot or you'll get ticketed.

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Parking: I never had a car but I have accidentally gotten my friend's car ticketed and towed numerous times. Once I left a car in an illegal spot for less than fifteen minutes, and when I came out it was in the process of being towed. I had to pay the driver $50 to give me the car back.

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Parking: During the middle of the day parking can be very hard to find, even with the proper tags and whatnot. This can get real annoying real fast.

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Parking: As a freshman you are not allowed to park, but you can easily get around this. The only problem once you get a pass is finding a good spot. You have to always be on the watch for the ticket cars if you don't have a pass, and if you park in the wrong spot, your car might get towed, and the towing place is forty minutes away.

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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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