Hey there! I am a current freshman at Emory, and had a lot of the same concerns last year as you do now. Here's a quick rundown on some of your Q's!
"-Are the Christian groups on campus active and nice to be involved in? This is pretty important to me, I've read up a bit on RUF and the Wesley Fellowship, but if anyone has details let me know!"
When I was looking at schools, I really wanted a tight Christian community. Emory has definitely provided a ton of opportunities for that, with a huge variety of groups present on campus. RUF and Wesley are both active, as well as Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I found a wonderful small group within two weeks of getting to campus (my Orientation Leader, a sophomore who helps get you settled in on campus during the first month or so, is actually also my small group leader!) The Office of Religious Life is great about providing rides to religious services all around Atlanta, and also offers a non-denominational worship service on Sundays. There are also two Catholic Masses every sunday, and a wonderful Catholic Center.
- How's the political climate? I'm pretty liberal overall, so is that cool? It being georgia and all...
Politically speaking, Atlanta is a "Northern City in a Southern State". Everyone on campus is entitled to their own opinions, and students are open to discussing new ideas. Whichever way you lean you're sure to get questions and have interesting discussions about your beliefs! I'm from Seattle (about as far North as you can get, compared to Atlanta) but have never felt uncomfortable or discriminated against because of my political or religious beliefs.
"- Is the greek scene really strong at Emory? I'm open-minded to greek life, and it's no deal breaker, but honestly I'd really prefer a less exclusive social scene."
Compared to any other Southern school, and a lot of Northern schools, Emory's greek system is VERY accepting. A LOT of students are involved, but it doesn't limit your friendships in any way. I decided not to rush, and don't regret it... Though it's a very personal decision! The greek system is a great way to meet people and enjoy experiences with friends, but it's definitely only one of many ways to have fun at Emory.
"- Is there a great deal of emphasis on community service? I love the programs schools like WashU, Tulane, and Davidson have. They get REALLY involved, I think it's even required a Tulane. If there's something like a day-long day of service or Alternative Spring breaks let me know!"
EMORY LOVES COMMUNITY SERVICE! Volunteer Emory, as you have found out by now, is very very active in the local community. We have a ton of options for alternative spring breaks, and Emory Cares Day every fall. If you're looking for a great alternative to Volunteer Emory, there's also Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus. It's a co-ed fraternity that serves "the campus, the community, and the nation". It's the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a way to meet people and be of service, but also offers the chance for leadership positions and a closer knit community. APO is not a part of the Residence Greek System, but is a philanthropic community organization. More info: http://www.students.emory.edu/APO/index.html