So I just did my campus visits today.
Here's my view:
Emory College- I came to the campus at around 8:45, 15 minutes before the tour started. It was pouring down outside!
I met two people who stayed at my hotel and somehow lived in the same city as me at the tour. There was an admissions counselor who talked to us about boring stuff...stats, essays, etc...and I got bored rather quickly. The chat went on for about an hour before she finally freed us from the inhumane torture.
Next, there were many students tour guides who went into the conference room and were assigned rows of people. I got assigned to two girls who I think had a blog about their Emory experience? Idk...but they were kind of boring (sorry for sounding so rude)...the campus tour wasn't as good as I'd like it to be due to the rain. It felt like the majority of the time I was trying to stay dry and keep my umbrella from flying away then from listening in. The campus was beautiful though. They had everything! I was very impressed with all of the research opportunities I'd be given by being an Emory student. I liked how the campus looked brand new. They had a barnes and noble/Starbucks building! I think it was interesting and all, but the students were rather....conceited? Similiar to how they are here....I felt like the entire time I had to make an image for myself/impress someone to be accepted...idk...everyone who was doing the tour seemed so rich! Like, one kid lived in New Jersey but he goes to school in London! And his mom was like, "ummm...so you go to a magnet high school? In what country?" then I was like, "it's in my city...." then she was like, "hmmm....."....then she whispered in her sons ear something. There was another lady who stayed at my hotel and since my mom is an overly-social person, she talks to human being within a 2 mile radius. -.- The lady was like, "I have two sons who go to Emory and are graduating top of their class. My husband owns a chain of chick-fil-a franchises...what about you? What's your income?" I was like, "...umm...my dad is a lawyer and my mom is a nurse. I don't think we make that much money." She also gave me the same glance. The students I saw all looked dirty rich. I know I keep going on and on about this, but it felt so....dry/diverse-less there. Money wouldn't necessarily be an issue (although still painful) but everyone there seems like they have money.
Like a lot. Only 62% of their students receive financial aid...that means that 38% of the students can pay the full amount. I'm use to seeing 85-90% of students receiving financial aid.
Now for the oxford campus.
I really enjoyed the oxford campus. It was very nice and unique. Our tour guide was amazing, extremely intelligent, and had us laughing the entire time. The students were friendly and actually greeted us rather than giving us "stares" as we walked. The parents of the other tour-ees actually talked to my parents and didn't look at me as if they were trying to find some flaw that made them better than me. The students all knew eachother and our tour guide practically said hi to everyone she passed. The campus didn't actually look like some summer camp like I pictured in my mind! When I drove on to the campus a smile came on to my face because I was like, "If oxford doesn't impress me, I'm going to have to totally reconsider my college options." I am happy that I only applied to Oxford College. Because Emory could give me all of the money in the world and I still wouldn't go there for my first two years. I'd make no friends since I view everyone as the same and don't look down towards people. Well, I know this review was kind of vague...I just had to get that part out. I'll write a more detailed review tomorrow during my 14 hour drive back home.