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Emory's national reputation

gkc4gkc4 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
edited December 2009 in College Search & Selection
This thread might be a little OT, but I couldn't figure out where else to put it...so:

How is Emory's reputation nationally? No, I'm not talking about other students and how CC posters view Emory, but how employers view Emory. I know it has a strong reputation in the south, but would a degree from Emory be respected nationally?
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  • palmettotreepalmettotree - Posts: 255 Junior Member
    About as respected as someone not knowing what to order at The Varsity.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 34,845 Senior Member
    In the PNW biotech circles, Emory is well-known.
  • gkc4gkc4 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    @palmettotree: Do you have a personal vendetta against Emory or what? lol
  • chicagoboy12chicagoboy12 Registered User Posts: 662 Member
    i think it has a negative reputation slightly because ive heard they just focus on their rankings. for example, they try to attract students with high SATs to help with their USNEWS. i once saw a ranking that was for disappointing or overrated schools, and emory was high up on it.

    on that note, its MUCH more popular in the south than in the north. its med school gets respect nationally, and im guessing its business school does too, but overall i would say if you arent from the south then emory falls far behind universities that are ranked similarly (Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Georgetown, Notre Dame all seen as much better)
  • ilovebagelsilovebagels Registered User Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
    He's just po'd that Emory, unlike Vanderbilt, is considered a "real" school by those destable Yankees who dominate business, academia, culture, etc., which works to the advantage of Emory grads.
  • lfecollegeguylfecollegeguy Registered User Posts: 540 Member
    Considering job opps outside of medical careers, I think emory is a bit overrated as chicagoboy said based on schools ranked immediately below it.
  • briefingsworthbriefingsworth Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    What would you be majoring in? Like people have said, its med programs are great, but for someone who wants to go into, say, dance it wouldn't be very helpful.

    As a Southerner, I can safely say that Emory is very well-respected throughout the South, and if you want to stay here, an Emory degree will probably get you pretty far. If you plan on going North or West, you might want to consider other options, depending on your major.
  • palmettotreepalmettotree - Posts: 255 Junior Member
    ilovebagels,

    delve into my mind for a moment. I want Vanderbilt to be considered a "fake" school by "Yankees" for the next two centuries. Every time Vanderbilt's selectivity improves or its rank in some ridiculous list goes up, more Ivy-rejects will apply there and get in, because, well, Vanderbilt's administration wants them. I got into a top tier Ivy and was a legacy at two great (even by your silly standards) schools so stop trying to judge me punk.

    By considering Emory a "real" school, you're only bringing more ranking-obsessed failures to the South which eventually will draw more attention to Vanderbilt.

    Like WUStL, their admissions process is a joke in my mind as a huge portion of their "recruiting" they do is aimed at improving their terrible yield. Also, Emory and Tulane sent me acceptance letters when I'm about 99.9% sure I hadn't applied, unless you count mailing a postcard in sophomore year.
  • gkc4gkc4 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    As a Southerner, I can safely say that Emory is very well-respected throughout the South, and if you want to stay here, an Emory degree will probably get you pretty far. If you plan on going North or West, you might want to consider other options, depending on your major.

    Well, for me it's either Emory or UGA Honors, so I guess it's safe to say I should just go to Emory...? I don't know what I plan to major in, but it definitely won't be dance, haha.
  • Titan124Titan124 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    Emory is hugely overrrated. I've known about 30+ people attending Emory who were exceedingly stupid. This is just my experience though. Emory definitely seems to be well respected whether or not it deserves said respect.
  • hawkettehawkette Registered User Posts: 4,863 Senior Member
    Nationally, Emory gets no where near the respect that it deserves and the same would be true for how those in the Ivory Tower view the school. IMO, that’s their loss. Emory is a terrific college with an excellent student body and an especially strong undergraduate business school (Goizueta). The school prepares its graduates very well, receives high marks from its student re the quality of the education and the faculty and many go on to top grad and professional schools while another large segment go on to jobs in some of the most competitive fields. Anyone who thinks that Emory students are in any way inferior to the non-HYP Ivies doesn’t really know much about Emory students.

    Palmettotree,
    I won’t “delve into your mind” but I’m afraid that the genie is out of the bottle. The Yankees have discovered Vanderbilt.

    Rather than fight it, I’d suggest you extend them some of that old-fashioned southern hospitality and educate them on the ways of the South. My bet is that the Yankees who actually take the time to learn about and/or attend Vanderbilt (and Emory and Duke and Rice and Tulane) will love those schools just as much as the home-grown folk.
  • gkc4gkc4 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    @hawkette: So, do you mean that non-southern employers don't respect Emory that much?

    And I don't doubt the intelligence of Emory students. The ones I know are very smart and hard-working.
  • Tzar09Tzar09 Registered User Posts: 854 Member
    why would anyone in their right mind wanna go to college in the south?

    get lynched down there....
  • 121314121314 Registered User Posts: 302 Junior Member
    @hawkette: So, do you mean that non-southern employers don't respect Emory that much?

    i think thats what everyone is saying.

    If i were you, i would probably go to UGA honors if it was cheaper
  • gkc4gkc4 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    @121314: But in the same post, hawkette wrote that Emory grads get jobs in the most competitive fields...

    And why would I go to UGA if Emory isn't even respected by national employers? And I really am not going to believe that an employer in the north will think an Emory degree holds the same weight as a UGA degree; anyone who says that just has some personal dislike for Emory. If what people on CC are saying is true, going to UGA and then trying to work in the north would be ridiculous.

    But at the same time I recognize that trying to find a successful job with only an undergrad degree is sort of moot. Since undergrad degrees are now a dime a dozen, I will most likely go onto grad school before entering the work force.
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