I'm a senior in high school, and I'm ashamed to say that I actually don't know much about the college process as I thought I did. My college counselour suggested me applying to Oxford College at Emory, instead of directly through Emory University. Emory would be a reach, while Oxford College would be more of my likely/safety school. That's a big difference. So basically, if I get into Oxford, I'm pretty much accepted into Emory as well (as long as I keep up my grades, etc.)? Why doesn't everyone do this, then? What's the negative side to doing this? It sounds too good to be true - but again, I've just started learning about the college process... & what are some other universities that do this?
Basically if you have a passing GPA after two years you get in. Negative side really is the location. Its pretty far from the city. Emory is one of the few top schools if not the only that has such a thing.
As long as you meet the Oxford graduation requirements (general ed stuff+2.0 GPA), you will automatically continue to Emory University's College of Arts and Sciences. You may also apply to go to the business school or the school of nursing (it's a competitive application process; just like it is on the Atlanta campus).
Why doesn't everyone go to Oxford? Students at Oxford come from a variety of different backgrounds. I came from a really small town and wasn't comfortable starting in Atlanta. For me, Oxford's like a transition period. Also, Oxford isn't any easier than the Atlanta campus--just because you can get in doesn't mean you can always stay in/do as well as you'd like.
It's a very small campus, so there willl be a lot of gossiping. Students will talk about each other a lot. Some are bothered by this, others aren't.
It's also pretty competitive, so there's a lot of "I want to beat you" mentality. But on the positive side, there are also a lot of students who are relatively collaborative, so you'll find your group.
The campus is very isolated. There's nowhere to go, really, outside of its immediate campus except the mall. Many students take the shuttle to Atlanta campus to party or do activities that isn't allowed or offered at Oxford. If you don't have a car, that would be an inconvenience.
Why doesn't everyone apply to Oxford? Either because they don't know about it or just don't think it's a good fit. Also because of the "too good to be true, there's gotta be a catch" thing, but I don't see what the catch is except that it's another route into Emory.
Academically, it is not easy by any means, so be prepared to work hard if you go there.
Last edited by ContractKiller; 09-09-2011 at 07:55 AM.
Thank you so much to everyone for answering! Does anyone have any personal experience from being at Oxford? or know anyone that has been there who might be able to tell me what it's like? The lack of public transportation and things to do outside of the school kind of concerns me... but I heard that there's so much stuff to do in college that it doesn't matter? Plus, I've lived in the suburbs pretty much my whole life so maybe I'm just worrying too much...
Also, this might be a dumb question... but once the 2 years are up at Oxford and I'm being transferred to Emory, would there only be 2 years left or would it be another 4 years?
I'm a freshman here at Oxford. There's a shuttle that goes back and forth between the Atlanta and Oxford campuses and to a local shopping center that's pretty good. I dedicate most of my week to classes/work/clubs (I have 18 credit hours plus 10 hours of work-study per week). On Friday and/or Saturday, I go with 5 to 10 friends (depending on whether it's just me driving or whether another friend drives too) to the frat parties at the Atlanta campus or Georgia Tech or to Atlanta clubs.
If you get the chance, definitely come visit Oxford!
I'm being transferred to Emory, would there only be 2 years left or would it be another 4 years?
You continue, rather than transfer, to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Once there, you'd have 2 years left.
I'm so glad that you posted this because I had the exact same questions that you had. I want to major in neuroscience but I'm not too sure if I would be able to get a neuroscience degree if I went to Emory for only two years after Oxford.