Academic rigor in Oxford?

<p>Well. I visited the Oxford campus, and I was really impressed by the atmosphere there in a lot of ways. I was looking for a small school that I could flourish a bit in that still had a lot of academic strength, and I liked the size and the geniality of the people I saw on campus. I'm especially interested in things which have to do with behavior, language and cultures, and so I'm hoping to find a good college in which to parse out a good career for me in that area. </p>

<p>However, in visiting the Oxford campus, I became curious as to whether there was an academic difference between the teaching at the Oxford campus and the main campus. There was a discrepancy between the average SAT scores of those admitted, for instance, and I wondered why the number of applicants for Oxford was lower than that for the main campus. I was also concerned that the campus was essentially a "back door into Emory," and I don't want that if I can avoid it. Personal experiences?</p>

<p>well, oxford is a back door into emory for the majority of people that attend. it is considerably easier to get into and the standards of evaluation (sat, gpa, ecs, etc.) are less strenuous. There are, however, people who got into both school and decided to attend oxford for either financial issues or because they wanted a smaller environment for the first two years. from what i've heard, the classes are fairly difficult because they want to make sure that the students are prepared for attending emory after two years. i've also heard that many people take a heavier course load so that they can leave earlier. with that said, the anthropology department (which i assume you mean when you say you want to study culture) is amazing. i have taken a few classes in the department and loved them all.
maybe someone who attends/attended oxford can give you a better picture.</p>

<p>I know this is from a long time ago, but bump - time to come back to life.</p>

<p>Is there a difference in academics at Oxford versus Emory?</p>

<p>Emory is not necessarily a "backdoor" in to Emory. The student must maintain a 2.0 at Oxford and will be able to get into Emory College only...the business school and nursing school have to be applied to with a higher GPA of course. Also currently have a child at Oxford and sometimes the very small class size is a hinderance as all are having difficulty and no tutoring available. Advisors are also teaching so difficult to get in to meet with them. Oxford may have a "diverse" population, but a majority are from Georgia so it becomes a communter school during the weekend and not much going on. So if you are from out of state...beware. Friendships are being made and the people are very friendly and approachable. Hope this helps</p>

<p>I'm a student at oxford, and I've heard from multiple people that the classes at Oxford are more demanding. The anthropology courses that I have had were easy (even a 300 level class.) The sciences are the most rigorous but if you're interested in language, from what I've heard, they are pretty hard. My roommate actually failed spanish 101... Don't worry about the classes being too easy, or the students there being dumb. The majority of the students are very bright. According te blondeox42, the weekends are dead... but there are plenty of people to hang out with... If I had the choice, I probably would have gone to main campus from the start, but I don't regret going to Oxford in the least bit. Let me know if you have any more personal questions. I'm happy to answer them.</p>