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Academics are challenging at Emory, but by no means overwhelming. The GED's (general education requirements) can be frustrating for students who only want to pursue the classes that fall within their major. However, students may find that they enjoy a poetry or sustainability class -especially as more intense classes such as organic chemistry or financial accounting come their way. What separates Emory from other schools is its wonderful faculty -professors are always open to listen and have won multiple awards. For students pursuing pre-business or pre-med, they can expect to find professors who are well known in their industry. TA's are always available but used quite a bit in larger classes. Graduate students can be a mixed blessing -some take their classes too seriously and others with much less severity. If you put in the effort you will usually get an A. Beware of the business school curve, make sure you spread out prerequisite classes rather than loading them all on yourself at once and you will find a healthy social and academic balance at Emory. Most students study but won't talk about it -don't let yourself be confused! Everyone who puts in the time in usually does well.


Emory's academics are great because of the amazing professors and plethora of academic options. There is enough leeway to change majors and minors, and meet with such an interesting spectrum of highly intellectual leaders in the fields of medicine, art history, english, whatever! My favorite class right now is my Global HIV/AIDS class because it is a tight knit class where discussion is encouraged and I love to comment on the readings and pertinent issues for class discussion. I don't have a least favorite class here because every class I've taken at Emory so far has been highly interesting and well-taught. Students study almost everyday, but enough to get by. Pre-med students study the most here, and a couple of people sleep at the library, but this is only personal preference. I'd say academics at Emory are well balanced and well taught, so there is no need to pull your hair out over the next exam. Just do your work and study on a regular basis. Class participation depends on the class, but it is definitely encouraged for better grades. I love having intellectual conversations with my peers and friends and Emory is a great place for this kind of discussion. The best thing about students here is that they are willing to help each other, and aren't as competitive as other schools. Everyone is very open to studying together and it seems as if competition is mostly with yourself. I personally love to spend time with my professors so I make an effort to see them, and I HIGHLY recommend this because these professors are so interesting and brilliant in their field of study. I learn so much about the school and other things while at office hours or just meeting up for coffee. The school's academic requirements are pretty hefty, but I appreciate how much balance and curiosity they promote with their general education requirements. For the major and minors, it is pretty similar in terms of breadth and depth as well as availability of classes. I think it's so great that students find shopping for classes an exciting time for them each semester. Education here is for both getting a job for your PASSION. Emory's big thing is a healthy lifestyle which is fitting for most of the students here who are Pre-Med and Pre-Health. Everyone at Emory is passionate about something and I think it shows through their activities as well as their student body's motivation to succeed in life while striving to sustain a healthy life.


Emory has a lot of "general ed" requirements compared to other places because one of their goals is to offer a well-rounded liberal arts education. Even PE credits (something you thought you'd be done with after high school) are required. I think this is a good thing but if you already know what you want to do, you may not want to be stuck taking so many general ed classes. I will say that within the requirements there is a lot of freedom. For example, with PE credits, you can join a club sport and have that count towards your PE. They also offer fun classes like white water rafting and rock climbing for PE. I'm an English and Spanish major and my classes are usually pretty small. My professors almost always know everyone in the class and will meet for one on one discussions about class. I don't do an ungodly amount of studying; however, I do write a lot of papers.


Emory places a huge emphasis on being a liberal arts school, but at the same time, a large number of students are in the business school, are pre-med or pre-law. Generally class size varies depending on your major and what level of class you're taking. Introductory classes like all the 101's, are lecture size with 60-120 students. Smaller seminar classes can have as little at 5 students or 15. I'm a journalism and Spanish major, both of which are small programs compared to other majors. I know all my professors personally and they greet me by my name outside of class. I frequent their office hours from time to time. My class-size has usually ranged from 10-20 students throughout my four years at Emory. My favorite class has been my News Video class in the journalism program because I learned how to shoot video, write news packages and edit it all together using professional software for broadcast, which is what I'd like to pursue after I graduate. My least favorite class has been Political Science Methods, a statistics class for poli sci majors. I took it before I switched my second major from political science to Spanish and I absolutely hated it. Generally, students participate a lot in class and class participation is usually required in most class syllabi. Most students also study a lot and have high GPA's. Emory students are quite competitive in that way. Emory's academic requirements are pretty well-rounded and allow students to take advantage of the wide variety of classes offered to them, like the history of jazz or the Harry Potter class in the American Studies department, which is new next semester and satisfies a writing requirement. Whether Emory is geared toward getting its students jobs or learning for the sake of learning, I think it depends on the major you choose. Business school students are all about getting jobs and being successful when they graduate, but the more liberal arts departments, like the Spanish or philosophy department, is concerned with gaining knowledge and inspiring thought for its own sake.


Ok. I'll be honest. Emory is a hard school. If you don't like to be challenged, Emory is not the place for you. Professors here are thought-provoking and expect a lot from you. However, you'll become a better writer and thinker over your 4 years here. Also, since many of the professors have amazing connections, the harder you work in your classes, the more likely you are that they'll help set you up with a great job or internship (I got to work at CNN this summer because of this). Emory offers so many different classes, so there is really is something for everyone, except for engineering. Emory requires two gym classes, but they are fun and really help you meet new people (I took yoga). It's not hard to get into classes here, and class sizes are small for the most part (I've had a class of 4 people (a journalism class) and I've had a class of 200 (chemistry). I'm a journalism and environmental studies double major. I highly recommend both programs here. The journalism department is fairly new (only 10 years old) and small, but all of the professors have had huge careers in the media industry and have the most incredible connections. Journalism is a really hard major and requires a lot of time, but if you're interested in it, you'll enjoy it. The environmental studies department at Emory is larger, with about 20 faculty members and growing. It is also a strong department, but it's easier to get lost in. A few faculty members are very focused on their research and not as available as others. There are about 10 who care so much about your success and go out of their way to help you in whatever you want to do. There are a couple weaker teachers in this department, but the rest are incredible. The classes are fairly challenging, but not too hard, and very fun. You get to go on field trips a lot as a major. I went to the Bahamas for two weeks as part of a class! Overall, the envs department is great. However, you have to make the effort to meet those amazing professors and make those connections.


As an English major I have had a different experience than many of my friends who I call "the science kids" at Emory. Unlike them, the largest class I have attended at Emory has been comprised of 40 students. In fact, the majority of my classes have ranged anywhere from 18 students to 6 (in a 6 person class you MUST always do the reading! Don't find that out the hard way like I did). The small class sizes at Emory has not only given me the opportunity to get to know the other students in the class and engage in the material, but establish a close relationship with my professors as well. The Emory English department caters itself to students who enjoy participating, love discussion based classes and who want to be challenged in a creative and intellectual environment. English professors will not only know your name, but wave to you on campus and if your lucky, invite you to dinner at their house. Like any major at Emory, the English major is competitive but manageable. The class material is often difficult but so intriguing that you can't help but learn it and enjoy writing the papers. You will of course, come across the occasional English teacher who does not "believe in A's" and who only allows you to read books authored by them. As ridiculous as that sounds, it does happen, trust me. However, not to worry, these teachers are usually easy to spot from a mile away. And luckily, the majority of teachers in the department are engaging, passionate and genuinely care about the success of their students.


As an English major I have had a different experience than many of my friends who I call "the science kids" at Emory. Unlike them, the largest class I have attended at Emory has been comprised of 40 students. In fact, the majority of my classes have ranged anywhere from 18 students to 6 (in a 6 person class you MUST always do the reading! Don't find that out the hard way like I did). The small class sizes at Emory has not only given me the opportunity to get to know the other students in the class and engage in the material, but establish a close relationship with my professors as well. The Emory English department caters itself to students who enjoy participating, love discussion based classes and who want to be challenged in a creative and intellectual environment. English professors will not only know your name, but wave to you on campus and if your lucky, invite you to dinner at their house. Like any major at Emory, the English major is competitive but manageable. The class material is often difficult but so intriguing that you can't help but learn it and enjoy writing the papers. You will of course, come across the occasional English teacher who does not "believe in A's" and who only allows you to read books authored by them. As ridiculous as that sounds, it does happen, trust me. However, not to worry, these teachers are usually easy to spot from a mile away. And luckily, the majority of teachers in the department are engaging, passionate and genuinely care about the success of their students.


Academics at Emory are very strong. Being one of the top 20 schools in the nation speaks for itself in that students are given an extraordinary education from very highly regarded and renowned professors. Because it is a liberal arts school, Emory offers a wide variety of courses for students to take and majors and/or minors in every single concentration. I came in to Emory with the intention of being a Criminal Psychologist but after sampling other courses and testing the waters in fields I had never even considered before I switched my studies to a dual major in Journalism and Sociology. Being in a school with some of the brightest young minds in the world of course breeds a little bit of competition. But this competition never exceeds appropriate boundaries and pushes everyone to succeed and work harder to better themselves. Because class sizes are smaller, professors will almost always know you buy name after just the first few days of class. This allows for a much more personalized learning experience for each student.


The professors are good. My favorite class is my freshman seminar, where the teacher is so animated and passionate about what she is teaching. Though not all of my teachers are like that I have a pretty pleasant experience overall.


Emory's reputation as an academic powerhouse is well deserved. Although exceptions exist, the professors are not only intelligent but accessible, and most classes beyond early introduction lectures are between 20-30 students in size. It's possible to find classes that are easy A's, but most classes are difficult, and the average student works hard to do well. Most students are able to maintain social lives despite the heavy workload, but finding space in the library on most weeknights is difficult, especially during midterms and finals. The classes are rewarding for the hard work though, as most professors care about their students and their topics, and keep the class interesting. Emory does not have a competitive tone to it's academics. Students often study or do work together, as cooperation helps immensely with classes. Most students are pre-professional, especially premed, and the focus is on the sciences as a result, but the liberal arts programs are also strong - the political science department, for instance, has professors that are recognized worldwide in their field, and benefits from the proximity of CNN and the Carter Center. The academic requirements are not very difficult; most of them will be taken care of naturally through majors, so most students will only have to take a few undesired courses over four years. One such course will inevitably be PE 101, a health class required for all students. It's a 300 person lecture once a week, followed by a 30 person discussion group, also once a week, and everyone hates it - the collective complaining that occurs is the only enjoyable part of it. The class is an easy A though, and doesn't take up much time.


Emory's academic life is tough. It's certainly tougher than I thought it would be, and I came from a prestigious college-prep high school. People are nice and work hard, and generally are focused both on school and on at least one activity out of school. My favorite class was Civil Liberties, because both the content and the professor were great. The size, however, is conducive to having a lot of course options than one would find at a small liberal-arts college, but these classes are smaller than they would be at a larger school. I'm a Poli Sci and French Studies double major. Poli Sci is a popular major, and it's been tough but rewarding. I've genuinely enjoyed most of my classes. A couple were bad though. My French classes, especially in upper levels, have been very small (7-10 people) which has been great. I like having a mix of lecture and discussion-based classes. I think the distribution requirements (GERs) are okay. The administration recently made them easier to fulfill which has been a huge help. The education here is based towards pre-professionals, but there are also a significant number of people who are interested in learning for its own sake. Most people are a mix of the two; they want to take courses that interest them but they also want job security. The most unique class I took was a religion class where we went on a "pilgrimage" to Martin Luther King's burial site. We walked several miles on a Saturday morning, and I got a lot out of it.


Again, many classes are rich. The professors have the time to give written exams--that is, essay and short answer based exams. I have never had a Scantron graded exam at Oxford College. Also, the math department does not allow calculators in Calculus or any other classes other than Statistics. The introductory Political Science class is actually Political Philosophy--as opposed to American Government, which most schools use as their POLS 101, Emory College included. The class begins with Sophocles and ends with Shakespeare if I remember correctly--and the exams all have an essay component.


I know my professors by name and if you have potential you won't be overlooked.


I have had really great relationships with all of my professors. My general chemistry professor and organic chemistry professor both went out of each's way to learn every student's name. These classes had between 100-150 students per section. I think most professors are that eager to know their students. However, it is the student's responsibility to take the iniciative and visit office hours to really foster a relationship. Students can be pretty competitive in the pre-med courses, but usually the other classes are laid back. Class participation is essential for most classes. The small classes give participation grades usually, while big classes usually have some sort of electronic answering devices that allow teachers to give impromptu quizzes for participation points. I have not been in a lecture where the professor does not throw questions out for the students to answer. Emory just finished revamping their general education requirements. They are must better now (more general requirements).


Having spent the first two years of my college experience at Oxford College of Emory, I have found that the academic environment of the school can be very enjoyable yet demanding. At Oxford,classes are very small and student participation in all aspects of the class is required. I have come to know many of my professors well, and I have really enjoyed a number of classes. As an English Major, I have a taken many classes in that department, and I love every professor with whom I have taken a class. They are all very engaging, and they have shown me how literature connects me to the world. Even in the subject areas that I do not particularly enjoy, I have found that professors are very enthusiastic about their work, and they have always conveyed their enthusiasm to me as a student.


The amount students studies varies: some pull epic marathons of all-nighters go into the final exams/midterms week and others will only study a few hours before each test. Small classes have more class participation. There is a lot of intellectual conversation outside of class and sometimes groups of friends may talk hours on an issue. Students are competitive at Emory, but make a great attempt to hide it (and they succeed very well at doing it). Majors include...classics, philosophy, astrophysics... classics and philosophy are excellent departments and I have enjoyed taking their courses. The math and physics departments offer vigourous courses also and very challenging in which to get As. The grading scale has A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc... with A = 4.0 and A- = 3.7 and B+ = 3.3, etc... For those who wish to maintain a 4.0, such is very impropable and impractical: the Rhodes Scolars from Emory tended to have GPA's between 3.9 and 3.95


It's really not all that difficult to get to know your professors here. They are usually all very inviting when it comes to office hours and they want you to try to become familiar with them. I remember one actually saying in lecture once, "Please come by for office hours. If you don't come I'll spend 3 hours sitting at my desk doing chem problems... I have candy... I'll give you candy."


Excellent. There are so many phenomenal professors and classes, that it is impossible to experience them all. Some are less interesting than others, but on the whole, I definitely feel like I am getting my (parent's) money's worth. I was enrolled in the Undergrad Business school for one semester and hated it. The classes were extremely competitive and the environment was not one that fostered learning. It was one that emphasized the importance of internships and jobs AFTER college. There was no here and now and the core classes had nothing to do with developing a love for learning. It was all about the money. Terrible. I couldn't stand it. It was not for me.


All my professors knew my name even in my bigger classes of 60 students. Favorite and least favorite classes really depend 95{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} on the teacher. I learned that early this year that getting a good teacher is very very important. Students will study a lot to prepare themselves but I wouldnt say it is competitive. My freshman seminar was the History of Money. Education at Emory is geared toward getting a broad introduction into many subjects and beyond that it is up to the student.


hard as hell


emory's a small private school where professor and student ratio's relatively small. it's hard not to get to know professor unless students never show up to class. all my professors know my name and we randomly run into each other sometimes at starbucks or so. i am studying film so i really can't tell about other department but classes are fun. favorite class i've taken was 'history of film' taught by dr.mueller. he's funny, sarcastic but also smart. i've taken his class 4 times so far. honestly speaking film department at emory's not as strong as other film schools which i am quite upset about. they only offer few classes each semester and not many of production classes either. but professors are amazing and my advisor's also very funny but very helpful. i am so not sure about getting employed after college since who gives a damn about film at emory? i might end up minoring in english just for that.


At the School of Public Health, people know my name. We often operate on a first name basis. I love how accessible my professors and other faculty members are! I also think the academic program is rigorous, but you make it what you want our of it.


Some professors know my name. My least favorite class was microeconomics because my professor was boring and it was at 8:30 AM. My favorite classes are expository writing and the history of jazz because my teachers are both very good and the topics are extremely interesting. Yes there are intellectual conversations outside of class. Students are rarely competitive. The history of jazz. The business school seems to be amazing while the prerequisites are not that interesting thus far. I rarely spend time with professors outside of class. The academic requirements are fine. I'm not sure about the aim of education at Emory.


academics are good some students are ultra competitive


All my professors know my name. My favorite class is Business Law, my teacher talks at 100 miles per hour, makes jokes to help us relate to the subject matter and she keeps my interest all class. My least favorite class was an 8:30 AM Business Calculus class I took freshman year. I haven't taken a class that early since. Students are very studious and study everyday. Class participation is very common and a lot of the time is grades. Emory students have all types of conversation outside of class; yes, some is intellectual. Every once in a while I will meet with a professor to ask them for advice, they are very approachable. Emory's academic requirements are challenging but great. The education at Emory is geared towards both, learning and preparing you to get a job after college.


yes italian sucks they study very often yes class participation is common yes they are competitive i just declared myself a psychology major so i dont know much about the department yet


I know all of my professor's names and they all know mine. Emory has some very hard classes which can be kind of intimidating, but there are more easy going classes to balance that out. My favorite class is Art History where we sit in a lecture hall, turn the lights off, and look at pictures.


Yup Biomedical ethics- it was instant gratification. I learned so much, and Dr. Fotion is amazing. Least fav- intro bio or intro calc...I think it was the professors teaching a level I wasn't used to.. Depends from student to student Definitely, but it's usually the same students who participate. All the time. VERYYYYYYYYYYYY Biomedical ethics I was NBB, but after taking biomedical ethics, I decided to be a Phil major. I love it, and the professors. It's just so interesting and can be applied to everything everyday. Yes, as much as possible. Emory's academic requirements are good, but some professors are not that helpful to students who come from schools that do not prepare their students adequately. I think all the GERs are necessary. Getting a job--at least in the pre-med classes. The majority of them are grade based and are sometimes so challenging that learning the information does not seem to matter.


As a freshman classes are big. professors don't know who i am. most classes have a few kids who carry the conversations. people study too much.


I'm a business student at Emory, and the program is perfect for me. You aren't in the B-school until after your softmore year, so it gives you time to play around with General Education Requirments and take some classes just for fun (I took Poetry 101... Very Fun!) Then, once you have taken a few Business courses and found out that its what you want to do, you go to the business school (as long as you keep a decent GPA you can get in no problem) The B School itself is one of the top ranked in the country, doesn't have class on Fridays, and all the teachers are very very nice (from my limited experience, but I've heard good things) Couldn't ask for a better program


The amount of GER's that students are required to take are very difficult especially if a student is a science major because science classes take up very little of the ger's.


Most professors know my name. i have had no favorite class, my least favorite class was ArtHistory and introduction to logic. students study quite often. class participation is at an average level. reasonable level of student competition. my most unique class was a psychology-applied-to-novels. Business is very popular and well-renowned. emory's academic requirements are reasonable but demanding. it is geared towards both learning and careers.


My favorite class at emory was my psych 110 class taught by Dr. Edwards. Although it was a large class filled with over 100 students, he knew each student by name. He always held office hours and was extremely approachable. In a class so large it was very comforting to know that my professor cared about my performance and even my personal life. I feel that although emory students love to have fun and enjoy the social scene, we all know that work comes first. I think that the english department at emory is exceptional. I am thinking of becoming an english major and the opportunity to have such a strong writing center and creative writing program is phenomenal. I think that the education at emory is geared toward learning for its own sake. I believe that the fact this school is a liberal arts college teaches students to learn a variety of different subjects. Rather than get a job most of emory undergraduates continue on to graduate school.


The professors at Emory are very friendly and helpful. The academics at Emory are very challenging in certain subjects, and not so much in others. It really depends on your major and all that. The classes are usually in a small setting with a lot of in class interaction between the teacher and the student.


great professors, competitive b school classes


My professors know name my favorite class is Law and Economics, my least favorite is computer science students do not study very often class participation is pretty good I try to have intellectual conversations as often as possible students are competitive my major is econ/math and I think it is useful I wish i could spend more time with my professors than I do I think Emory's requirements are too much education is supposed to be geared toward learning, but most students use it to get a job


2/4 of my Professors know my name this semester. My favorite class is my english class which is about New York City post 9/11. My least favorite class is my freshman seminar because it is really boring. Students study probably 4 or 5 days a week. Class participation is very important in all my classes. I have been part of multiple intellectual conversations out of class. Students are pretty competitive especially students who are in the B-school or pre-med. I don't spend anytime with professors out of class. I think Emory has too many requirements, i agree with a liberal arts education but i feel there are just way too many required classes. I think in the college the education is geared towards learning.


Yes, most classes are small enough so professors know my name. Students study a good amount...some go overboard, others are idiots and don't study at all. Finals time is how it should be...hardly any kids are going out to party on finals weekend. Competition, i'd say isn't a big issue. It's certainly no UPenn...everyone wants to do well, and doesn't see how other people succeeding would prevent that from happening. Most unique class I've taken was Chemistry of Drugs on the Brain, but that's only because it was awful. So far, it's the only bad class I've had at Emory. Seriously...it was so bad. I can't say too much about my own intended major, because I'm not in the B-School yet, but I do want to either double-major in Philosophy or minor in Philosophy, and my experience with that dept. has been fantastic. Emory's academic GER reqs. are very fair and make sense. Emory College is certainly concerned with learning for its own sake...that is the main goal. As for the B-School...it is and should be geared towards getting a good job.


yes professors know my name and they are personable and approachable. its fun


Professors know my name mostly. My favorite class is SPAN 300. Least is Business Calculus. I Study at least 3-4 hours a week with no tests, a ton more when I have a test. Class participation is common. Emory students have intellectual conversations outside class. Students are not too competitive. Most unique class I've taken: Arab Israeli Conflict. My major is International Business and Spanish. I spend time with some professors outside of class. I feel Emory's academic requirements are weird, there are a lot of GERs. I think its fine.


for the most part. Favorite class was survey of jewish history or jews in american media. least favorite is italian, an unneccesary GER in my opinion. Students study often out of class. class participation is usually pretty good. Yes, emory students have intellectural conversations out of class. Probably an econ major. No. Academic requirements are okay, too stringent, require very time-consuming classes such as language requirement (every day for an entire year is too much) and science requirements (take up many hours of scheduling) learning for my own sake.


Classes are small. 15 kids in most of my classes. Professors in those classes obviously know my name. Lectures are typically around 60 students.


Most all my professors know my name. Favorite class is US History. Least favorite is Financial Accounting.


In my smaller classes I go to see my professors fairly often so they usually know my name. My best class thus far has been The Arab-Israeli conflict with Ken Stein but the worse class thus far has been art history. Students here study a lot and are very competitive. Out of class discussions are often intellectual and involve current events. I think that the college is geared towards learning for its own sake but the business school is geared towards getting a job and immediate financial gratification.


The majority of my professors know my name. My favorite class so far has been Decision Science. This class is taught in the business school and I enjoy the class and the teacher a lot. My least favorite class so far has been Intro to Theater. I try to study at least 2 hours a day on a regular week, but when I have a test I usually spend around 4 hours for two days before my test in the library studying. Class participation is very common. I have not really seen that many Emory students having intellectual conversations outside of class. There are definitely some very competitive students, but overall, most students look out for one another. The most unique class I have taken is a class on Topology. I eventually want to go to the undergraduate business program. I do not really spend time with my professors outside of class. Emory's academic requirements are great in the fact that the college requires you to take a plethora of eclectic classes. I think my education is geared towards getting a job, which could be looked at in a negative way, but I think it is a good idea.


Professors range from very bad to very good. Some professors are really nice people but horrible teachers, while others are good teachers but not too nice. The better teachers seem to be the harder graders, which doesn't make sense to me because you shouldn't be punished for taking better classes and putting in more work.


Some professors do, and some don't. There is no chance you get to know teachers in bigger classes unless you are proactive, which I would say most kids are not.


Most professors know my name. Class sizes are very benefitial to the students. Ive been in a 27 student chem class and a 150 lecture class. I had better grades and learned much more in the 27 student class. Student studying greatly varies. You have the naturally bright kids who dont study much and cram and do well on tests, and then those who study well in advance. Students are pretty competitive, but its definitely not cut throat...or at least not yet. The most unique class i took was a seminar on robotics, which was not too bad, but if done right could be a very very interesting class.


Professors have known my name is every class. No real clear winner only had one semester. before tests kids study a lot and live in the library. Most classes a select few dominate participation. students do have intellectual convos. competitive isnt too bad but kids want to do well. History of Money. Pre-business. GER's similar to most schools. Bschool is geared for a job dont know about the rest.


all the profs are great i love all my classes. i dont feel like im just a face in a big picture they all know my name regardless of the size of the class. most people participate and people have been known to talk about their material out of the classroom. most unique class so far has been classical mythology. the academic requirements seem fair and allow you to get a taste of all the departments.