I flew into Atlanta a few days before the “Georgia on My Mind” tour to visit with my college roommate. My personal tour guide introduced me to Greater Atlanta and gave me a sneak peak of the Emory University campus. Two days later, I was back and eager to officially tour the Emory campus with my HECA colleagues. The beautifully groomed campus is located in the historic Druid Hills section of the city and home to over 7,000 undergraduate students. Large imposing white granite buildings with red terra cotta roofs cover the gated campus.
We were all anxious to hear more about the two unique campus experiences Emory offers its first and second year students. Students are accepted to begin their studies at Emory College (on the Emory University Campus in Atlanta) and/or Oxford College (a smaller campus, more rural campus 40-miles east of Atlanta). All students complete their distribution requirements during freshman and sophomore years on their home campus. At the end of sophomore year, students decide on a major. Prospective nursing and business students take pre-requisite courses during their freshman and sophomore years and apply to their desired majors second semester sophomore year. No matter where you begin your studies, all students ultimately enroll and reside on the Atlanta campus their junior and senior years. On average 98-percent of Oxford students continue their education after two years at Emory University. Emory Connections Day helps the Oxford student transition to the larger University campus.
Emory students are intellectual and pre-professional minded. With the CDC just steps away, it’s not surprising that nursing and health related majors are both competitive and popular majors. Global Health and Health Care Innovation are growing disciplines of study. During my trip to Atlanta, I was surprised to learn that Atlanta is the film capital of the South. Emory’s Film and Media Management major is growing in popularity with plentiful internship opportunities in the Atlanta area.
Students are serious in the classroom, but they have full social lives as well. Our tour guide told us that Greek life is popular, but there is plenty to do for those who choose not to join fraternities or sororities. Student athletes compete in division III athletics and participation in club and intramural sports is popular. Restaurants, shops and eateries are a few blocks from campus.
Late morning, we drove 40-minutes east to the Oxford College campus: home to nearly 1,000 students. It looks and feels like a small Pennsylvania liberal arts campus, with a mix of old and newer buildings lining a grassy quad.
Nearly a quarter of all Emory graduates begin their education at Oxford. Our tour guide told us that he selected the Oxford campus because of the small class sizes, leadership opportunities, and entrance into the Scholars Program. Classes are small and service learning is encouraged.
There are no sororities or fraternities on campus, but students can join social clubs. There are limited varsity sports options at Oxford, and athletes compete in a separate conference from Emory University. Intramural and club sports are popular. Coveted traditions include Colors on the Quad and pancakes served by faculty during finals. Having a car can be handy to get to Covington Square, where there are many shops and restaurants. A campus shuttle runs to and from the University campus several times a day.
Students apply to either Emory College and/or Oxford College to begin their studies at Emory University. Over fifty percent of all students apply to both programs. Students may apply ED I, ED II or RD. Emory does not track demonstrated interest. Legacy is strongly considered but not a top factor in admissions. Students interested in being considered for Emory Scholars Program must apply by the November deadline.
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