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Emory vs Vanderbilt

sherrydrsherrydr Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited May 2011 in Emory University
I was originally wait listed on both colleges
then admitted to both:)
I really like them both and am having really hard time deciding
which one should i choose?
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Replies to: Emory vs Vanderbilt

  • sherrydrsherrydr Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    by the way
    it's Oxford College that I got in
  • projectmom1projectmom1 Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    Congrats! When did you get off the WL for both? Are you a transfer or 1st yr? What program are you going for?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Yeah, I'd have to know what you're going for. However, normally, it also depends on if you want the LAC experience for your first 1-2 years. In general, I would probably say Vandy over Oxford. If you got into main campus, then I would battle it out, but it really depends on your intended major and the experience that you want. Again, Oxford provides quite a unique LAC experience that you won't get at Vandy or Emory if you started right off at those places.
  • sherrydrsherrydr Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I'm thinking about international relations, French, and journalism!
    and I'm 1st year
    Thanks guys
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Going to Emory would be awesome then. The French (and I say this after taking only 100-level, normal the worst courses in a dept) and political science dept. is awesome at least, and Atlanta is a very solid place for journalism (or polisci for that matter as we have awesome connections to things such as the Carter Center and Emory connects itself to the activities at the local level. For example, the mayoral debates are held at Emory). Okay, looking at Emory vs. Vandy for international relations (if you haven't looked at the dept. websites, I have for you). It seems as if Vandy only has a concentration in International politics whereas Emory has a BA specifically for international studies. Also, Emory seems more holistic and very serious in its approach as the requirements seem stricter at Emory. Normally people think "stringency" is bad, but in this case it makes your education more rigorous and gives Emory polisci majors a more or less common/united experience and set of skills. For example, you must all take polisci stats (and thus beef up data analysis and math skills), and certain core polisci courses must be taken such as 110 (intro international studies) and 120 (comparative). Then you must choose from certain areas to take a certain number of courses. Also, there is a modern/foreign language requirement. You have to complete up to 202 or something beyond (if you qualify via HS credit or placement).

    So it sounds like a lot, but it's good. You could use your French courses to meet the language proficiency requirement. The fact that Emory revises its curriculum and has all of these requirements and considerations indicates that an extreme amount of thought goes into its structure and the goal of the program. Also, most of the teachers are epic.

    Here are the two websites so that you may compare yourself: Department of Political Science
    Undergraduate Program | Department of Political Science | Vanderbilt University

    Knowing your major/interests, I can tell you with confidence that Emory is an excellent place to be. However, look over and compare depts. so you can choose which approach(in the French dept, Polisci dept, journalism) you like better. That's all it comes down to. After doing that, you may think that Vandy's approach fits your interests more. All I can tell you is that Emory's programs in at least two of these areas are of very high quality. I can't tell you which cirriculum or style of pedagogy fits you best however.
  • emory12emory12 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    french is my second major at emory, and i have to say that the department is incredible.

    you can't really go wrong either way though-- emory is great, but if you are really into school spirit, vandy probably has more (with football and all)
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