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Emory or Lehigh?

McSkilletMcSkillet Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
I just got into Emory off the wait list and I'm really excited. However, I was already admitted to Lehigh's Integrated Business and Engineering Program. I am mostly interested in business but I have been developing some interest in engineering, a school not having engineering is a downside but certainly not a deal breaker. I am not worried about job placement at either school, the IBE program has 100% and Emory is somewhere in the high 90's. I like Emory's location, campus, diverse student body, name recognition, flexible schedule, and facilities more, while I like the idea of Lehigh's IBE program more than Emory's 2 year business program. I only have a few days to decide so if you have any input please let me know!! Thank you!

Replies to: Emory or Lehigh?

  • thetrugraduatethetrugraduate Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Did they call you today?
  • McSkilletMcSkillet Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    yes about an hour ago, if you're interested in anything about my stats or my relationship with the admissions officers I'd be happy to post another discussion (: just let me know
  • thetrugraduatethetrugraduate Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Sure I'm also trying to get off
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    @McSkillet‌ : I know it's hard to see now, but not spending all 4 years in a pre-professional/UG professional school could actually be extremely advantageous. The liberal arts and natural science courses, when done well (which you can easily control if you choose great instructors and courses as opposed to just easy ones) at Emory can promote you developing and implementing various ideas that may not have come to light spending 4 years doing professional training which is very focused (for example, often BBA programs don't actually focus on fostering entrepreneurship and developing ideas so much as teaching very specific things that you need to know about certain subjects in a certain field of business. Many classes can be devoid of the ambiguity and requirements of analytical thinking that spur creative thinking. In some cases, the same could be said for many engineering school courses, especially traditional ones that don't focus on problem based and project based learning as much as they should. Often, the classroom experiences in BBA or many engineering programs are hardly inspiring so much as "fluffy" or "oppressive" respectively) With that said, I can see your engineering dilemma (however, with Tech in midtown, it's easy to get involved in activities with them or through Emory based organizations that collaborate with them if you are Tech oriented person not pursuing an engineering degree). If you still wanted to come, I wouldn't be against it. Emory could be great for you. However, if you need the security of being in a program specifically structured toward your interests (as opposed to structuring your academics around your interests in a more loose fashion, just "making things happen"), then maybe Lehigh is better for you. It depends on how outgoing or proactive you are when juxtaposing academic alongside professional goals.
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