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Is Emory a party school?

10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
edited December 2010 in Emory University
I get that impression after reading reviews on *****.

Would you say that Emory has a big party scene?
How would you compare the party scene with Rice? (I heard Rice is more academically driven).

I'm not the party-ing type person at all, and after reading about this on u n i g o, i'm starting to re-think applying ED II to Emory..

Yes, I'm aware of the fact that there are always people who don't party, but I generally don't like being in an atmosphere where most people are out partying and getting drunk every weekend..
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  • emorydeacemorydeac 113 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Welcome to college. This is true of nearly every college including the very elite. I would not classify Emory as a party school , but the majority of students are "out partying and getting drunk every weekend". This is really the only disappointing aspect of Emory for my son. Hate to break this to you, but graduate and professional schools are the same way. Schools such as Wheaton, Pepperdine and Furman have less partying, but it is still there. Good luck in your search for a "non partying" school.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    Ok, I know it's still there, but i mean how big is this scene? Would you say that like more than 50% of the students do it?
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  • emorydeacemorydeac 113 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Definately greater than 50%. However, other than Wheaton and possibly Pepperdine, I know of no other "good" schools which have under 50% partying. My son visited Rice and the partying was also prevalent on the weekend. The key is to find your own group of friends who do not party. My son has found these through church and service organizations. He loves Emory but is disappointed in the number of people who party on the weekends.
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  • aluminum_boataluminum_boat 1496 replies43 threads Senior Member
    I don't party and I've still got 6-7 people to do other stuff with every weekend
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    ^ would you say that you're the only 7-8 people who are like this?!?!
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    Ok, i know that the asians tend to segregate themselves at Emory, so I'd like to know, do the asians party every weekend as well?
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  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty 2333 replies97 threads Senior Member
    since im muslim i don't drink ( l swear i dont even know what beer tastes like) so im not into the getting drunk aspect of partying..although i'd probably enjoy laughing at people getting drunk. I know how to have fun w/o drinking..but im still interested in attending parties.


    Atlanta sounds like so much fun! i know somebody that goes there and she told me that Emory offers shuttles/rides to go clubbing in ATL so you can find other people to go with ...
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    eastafrobeauty- lol this is making me even less motivated to go to emory... people regularly go clubbing?! I'm really opposed to clubbing..

    which leads me to ask another question: are emory students mostly pretentious people? I like being around down to earth people who don't care excessively about their physical outlook
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  • emorydeacemorydeac 113 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Emory people are extremely down to earth and laid-back, even the NE (well, at least compared to NE students from other schools). Most people do not go clubbing regularly, although that is available. 1081736, Emory treats it's students like adults and provides amazing opportunities in all aspects of student life. You determine how you live your life. This is not high school and Emory will not and should not tell any student how to live their life. It is a great school and the students are very non judgemental. If you are opposed to any lifestyle unlike your own, you will definately not like Emory or any other top 20 school for that matter.
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  • rer678rer678 73 replies13 threads Junior Member
    There are plenty of people who don't party, or at least not in the typical sense. On weekends you'll find everything from going out into Atlanta, going to big frat parties, studying, or watching a movie with a group of friends. Partying happens at all colleges, but as far as colleges go, I definitely would NOT classify Emory as a "party school."
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  • Nighthawk17Nighthawk17 174 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Emory is an elite university that is not known as one of America’s party schools. Plenty of college guides publish lists of the top twenty party schools in America, and none of them are similar to Emory. On the other hand, there are plenty of parties at Emory. If you are party-intolerant, you might want to check these same college guides. They usually recommend places like:
    Brigham Young University
    Wheaton College (IL)
    College of the Ozarks
    Grove City College
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  • aluminum_boataluminum_boat 1496 replies43 threads Senior Member
    ^ would you say that you're the only 7-8 people who are like this?!?!


    No, that's just in my dorm. I bet about 10% of kids here are like that. That doesnt sound like a ton, but its over 100 people. Which is plenty to choose friends from.


    Honestly, you're growing up. You'll have to learn to deal with people that party/smoke/have sex/etc.
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    I know a lot of people that don't really party. Heck, yesterday I didn't feel doing it so I went and hung out w/ some video-game nerd friends and played video games for the first time in like two months (I'm a huge super smash fan, even though I suck now lol). I still ended up having fun. There were over 7-8 people in this, and I seriously doubt these folks overlap w/Aluminum's group of friends lol. So that adds up to 14.
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  • icfireballicfireball 308 replies9 threads Member
    Emory actually used to have a major party school rep in the mid-90s, but Emory cracked down in the quest for better rankings and academic prestige. The truth is that with a strong greek scene (33% of the student body), and Atlanta being a huge nightlife city, Emory has a pretty strong party scene. At the same time though, academics are still the top focus for most here, so even those that party are serious about their studies.

    I certainly wouldn't worry about Emory being too much of a party school -- there are a lot of people that don't party much, espessially when you get to be an upperclassman.

    In general, I would say people overestimate how many people party and how often they party because people who party are for obvious reasons a lot more visible than people who don't. Anywhere you go, you'll see a lot of partying. But Emory is very diverse, and I'm sure you'll find a lot of people who are like you and don't like partying a lot.

    Just as a personal anecdote, of my three best friends here, one of them is not a partier and only parties for special occasions, and the other two party quite a bit and go out a couple of times a week.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    :(... This sucks. I thought Emory had WAY more variety than this.. I know all colleges have parties, but at Emory, parties seem dominant in particular. This sucks man. How would you compare the party scene with that of Rice, Hopkins, Tufts, and Brandeis?
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Dude, I suggest you get over this. This is a college campus that is not heavily affiliated with it's Christian identity (actually, that doesn't matter, even Notre Dame has a decent party scene I bet, so it's gonna be hard to find one without it) It's not like people party 7 days a week like at some of the state flagships. It's also not like you cannot make friends with people who do like to party. There will be other things you can do on the weekends. There are always people that are not partying. I honestly think you are being very closed-minded here. And all 3 of those schools will have a typical party scene, there is nothing abnormal about those schools. I befriended a girl from Tufts this summer who told me about the crazy stuff that can and does happen at Tufts. And with Hopkins, I'd imagine you're hoping for an environment that is so tough that no one has time to party. Why would you want that? And as tough as it is, I'm betting that there is a decent party scene there too. You're going to have to let this one go if you want to go to any college (unless it's basically like a 4-year boarding school that comes with a degree at the end). You're a little too concerned about this when you are asking us to compare our party scene directly with those of other institutions.

    I mean I hardly ever party, but I believe that there should be that scene. My life in college has not been adversely affected by those who decided to go to a club or party on the weekend (or Thursday), and it will not affect yours. Unless you truly believe that those who party are low-lives, you should let it go. If you do, you should maybe wait a year so that you can find the college that is all-work, no play almost.


    Do not apply to any top 20s if you are worried about them having a party scene!
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  • icfireballicfireball 308 replies9 threads Member
    I echo what bernie said. All of the top 20 schools have a heavy party scene. In fact, Ivys are notorious for their party scene. Seen Animal House? That was based off Dartmouth.

    Although most students party, it's not that overwhelming because not everybody's out on the same night. Unless there's something big going on, I'd say there's less than 40% of the school out on any given night.
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  • phaethphaeth 107 replies0 threads Junior Member
    1/3 of the school does not go out. Since they do not go out, they are not seen. I am sure you can befriend these people at the library/computer lab/dorm. Of the 2/3 that do go out, many just choose 2-3 nights.

    On a more personal note, I'd recommend at least exploring the many different nightlife outlets before assuming that you want nothing to do with them. This is not HS. You may actually find that you enjoy sharing a beer with friends or going to a frat party once in a while.
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    I personally hate almost all beers. This is normally how I decide to attend gatherings/parties. It must have some sort of liquor, mixed drinks, or even so called b**ch drinks. Then I attend. I don't care much about most frat parties here b/c I am biased toward black frats and sororities. Different culture and not completely drink and "make sure you black or brown out" centric. Actually other than clubs (where there is a lot of dancing on top of the alcohol), the scene is very similar to party scenes amongst high school students from what I observe. The different themes make it more interesting though (though I personally do not consider attending if the party has a questionable theme. Like one my freshmen year, was called a "white-trash" party. I just don't understand it, and I sadly found it hilarious that many attended. The outfits were rediculous too). This year, there was a "white" party. Let's just say that the pre-dominant demographic composition along with the attire made it live up to the theme really well. Admittedly, socially neutral themes, such as toga parties, and some of the more clever/nerdy themed parties are fun to me, and I willingly attend.

    Phaeth: If that person had experience with the party/drinking scene in high school and disliked it, they probably won't like it here. I would really only encourage those with no experience (yet choose to criticize) to perhaps actually try it. If they already have experience and find it disagreeable, no point in suggesting that they change their mind. It simply isn't for them. Just b/c it's college, doesn't mean an experience-based opinion/perception should change. Besides let's be honest, like other colleges, many people here were party-animals before they came in. And like most teenagers, they drank before coming here too. If anything, these behaviors become more excessive (not necessarily a bad thing, but just saying it does happen). Seems most people forget that these scenes existed amongst high-school students.

    I merely believe that the person should not choose a college based on such parameters. It will nearly diminish their options. They may also end up at an institution with strict policies on conduct, but relatively low academic quality. This is also a fallacy in many peoples' though; the idea that high-quality academics correspond to students with "better" conduct. This thought fails in so many ways. One being that many students at top schools are upper middleclass/ wealthy and were allowed to do whatever they wanted prior to coming here, and currently have enormous allowances from parents/guardians that usually go unregulated. Does one really expect "good" conduct from such students?

    Many such schools would be more like serious party schools if the courses were less rigorous however. We would essentially be somewhere like UGA minus the college town.
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  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty 2333 replies97 threads Senior Member
    @bernie2012: i agree with everything you said.

    @OP/1081736: It would be a stupid reason to not attend a school because it's social or has parties to offer. You can always choose to be 'anti-social' elsewhere...because i mean at almost any school you should be able to find your own niche and people that are likeminded.
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