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Potential Emory ED, three concerns:

tdragonetdragone Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
Last Spring I toured Emory and absolutely loved it. I am considering applying ED1- however I have some concerns that I am hoping can be put to rest before I do so.

My first concern is that Emory is too pre-professional. I want a liberal arts education and know that while Emory is strong in many of my potential majors and has a School of Arts and Sciences, I still worry that based on the overall general interests of the student population the atmosphere will not be oriented like a that of a liberal arts school. Does anyone think Emory has a very strong pre-professional vibe?

Likewise, I worry that Emory is a particularly stressful environment with hours upon hours of work on a daily basis. Through taking ten APs and the rest honors in high school, I learned that I don't do well with a lot of stress and wonder if I would be sacrificing a college that is less work/stress oriented for Emory.

Furthermore, I am a high school art student and recently found out that Emory is closing its Visual Arts Program. I would not want to major in art, but would have taken a class. Does anyone have further information on this- will there be NO art classes, or just lack of an art major/minor?

Finally, I wonder if anyone here can give me a few words about the nightlife at Emory. The average weekend, for example. I don't want to party too much but don't want my college nightlife experience to be lacking.

These were a few things I could not glean from my tour or research online. I live in a different part of the country so it is difficult to go back, and I would appreciate if anyone could honestly put some of these worries to rest before I officially decide to apply ED! Thanks

Replies to: Potential Emory ED, three concerns:

  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    1) Yes, but if you major in social sciences and humanities (actually even the sciences with things like Human Health, Anthro, and IDS), it is less intense and students are genuinely interested. Also, even if pre-professional students exist, often the instructors are more oriented toward ways of instruction that embody or are reminiscent of a true liberal arts experience. With that said, "liberal arts experience" is a very vague phrase as you will find out. I think of it in terms of only what a liberal arts education is supposed to accomplish and much of that can easily be found at Emory. While I think Emory fails in many areas regarding holding on to its liberal arts core, it seems stronger than many other top 20 private research universities of similar size. In addition, it is trying to restore and solidify that core. That means that the issue is something admins are actually thinking hard about:
    Take a Look at this http://liberalartsforwardemory.com/
    And how serious the new Provost is: http://provost.emory.edu/

    2) Emory is relatively low-medium workload. Some teachers just give far more difficult than normal examinations or have high standards for writing or participation in class. With that said, you generally have plenty of time to provide high quality work. In addition, you should want a more "stressful" or "challenging" environment, but you want to have a meaningful workload that ensures that you learn or do something cool with your knowledge, which is sometimes not common with AP or IB classes at some schools. Sometimes it is just busy work. But the idea is you want enough challenge and the right kind of challenge in your courses to build awesome skills and more robust ways of thought.
    3)Art Classes will still exist and we still have a small visual art museum on campus (behind Greek Row). Art, visual and performing is actually pretty big here. I think the courses that are left were absorbed by another dept.
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