Emory University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
Education/Curriculum I studied Music Performance at Emory University. Doing so opened up my world to a wealth of experiences, people, and training I never would have received elsewhere. As a liberal arts college, Emory required you to complete coursework besides that in your major, so I was exposed to tons of different topics ranging from chemistry to women and gender studies to business administration. The instructors at Emory are renowned for their accomplishments in their fields, and learning under them made me feel confident in the education I was receiving and a broad perspective of the topics that were taught. At Emory, you see fresh perspectives from your classmates and teachers, and an open community of discourse (especially in the music department, where I had the most experience). The music major required you to do performances each semester and take lessons weekly. Unfortunately, you had to pay for these lessons (not included in the tuition), and I felt it sharply. However, in private lessons I learned the most about performance and music than in any other class or experience, so I do not regret having to pay that cost. The music classes required in the degree are, for the most part, focused on learning the classical history of Western music. It starts getting a little more varied once you have the flexibility to choose courses that interest you, but that is only possible after you have taken survey classes that focus solely on Western music. I would have appreciated a bit more variety even in upper-level classes. The other students you come across in the music department are passionate and diverse. Being a piano performer, I had to put forth a lot of energy to not be isolated (there are not as many ensemble opportunities for piano) and push into the student community. I highly recommend finding people who share your musical interests because it is far too easy to get stuck alone in a practice room. Once you make the initial push, though, it really is worth it, and gives you yet more opportunities to learn about performance and commiserate about all the music you've got to do on top of your regular coursework. Campus Life Emory is gorgeous all year long, so getting outside is so easy, which makes it even easier to get out there and socialize. I will say, though, for introverts it can be really challenging to find a niche without a lot of effort. There are plenty of campus organizations, so I would emphasize the need to really push into those as soon as you possibly can, once you get on campus. Limit yourself to organizations that actually interest you. The tendency is to sign up for everything to spread a wider net, but you will just end up needing to shave down your reach seeing that you don't jive with people in organizations that have no appeal to you. Again, music ensembles are also a great way to get involved and meet people who have like interests, but that's also a legitimate time commitment. Don't commit if you can't! Overall At Emory, the people come from all over, but sometimes I had to do a little digging to find people who are not from the East coast already. The courses and people at Emory provided a really broadly reaching education for myself. The music performance program offered tons of opportunities for education reaching all across different music pursuits, though the department could use more instructors to really open up more education on how modern music and the modern music industry itself works. These are the kinds of things one needs to succeed in the music field. The performance major was much more focused on academic understanding of Western music and its historical evolution, rather than the practical skills one needs to find a job upon exiting the university with a Bachelor's in music. However, overall, I appreciate the experience I had at Emory, and I am grateful that I had the ability to pursue something that I truly care about and has been integral to my life, while also enriching my education with the other courses required of Emory graduates. I had amazing relationships with my classmates and friends. I am still supported by my professors, who continue to be more than willing to write recommendation letters for me and give me advice when needed. I learned a lot under professors who know what they are talking about and make great contributions to the research world. While I was not health-focused while in undergrad, the energy of the health community at Emory continues to impact my decisions. As such a health-driven university, every person at Emory had some type of understanding of the significance of health and the need to solve problems from the root and not treat merely symptoms. This need influenced my decision to pursue a health-related career where I can contribute my understanding of music and mental health, and how the two can be intertwined.
Emory University is a prestigious university with numerous opportunities to pursue your career goals regardless of your background. However, Emory needs to work on diversifying their faculty which does not accurately mirror the needs of the students.
Great community; made some very smart and connected friends who care about the future and care about building long-term relationships. Plus i had an awesome time in college.
It was a great experience, but sometimes I wish I would have gone somewhere cheaper for my Masters
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Emory. The faculty were wonderful and greatly supported my learning, and everyone on campus was beyond friendly. I had a lot of fun with all my classes, research, and extracurriculars throughout undergrad.
It was a very good experience. I met a lot of people who are very different from me and learned just as much from these interactions as I did in the classroom. There are also many opportunities to volunteer, be active, and engage in cultural activities. I actually do use the information I learned in classes in my professional work as well.
The professors were very resourceful and also aided in my spiritual formation as well as intellectual endeavors. I did the program so that I could get a jump start on research while applying to Ph.D. programs. The program was effective but not all faculty members were willing to work with me. I ended up using two New Testament scholars as mentors and I am in the Old Testament Specialization. The library is phenomenal but the financial aspect discouraged me. There was no financial assistance for me and the officers were not helpful in aiding me with getting a work-study position or outside resources.. That was the worst part of going to Candler School of Theology
I received an excellent education in Political Science and Spanish at Emory. While I ended up pursuing a career path (Business, specifically Sales) that might be construed by many as entirely unrelated to Political Science, I would disagree. My liberal arts education taught me how think critically, to analyze any complex situation and plan my actions accordingly and with confidence. These qualities have served me very well thus far in my career in business, particularly as I have entered into some roles where I had little experience and have had to teach myself how to be successful with minimal guidance. On a more basic level but perhaps equally as important, my Spanish education, which was made more profound by a semester-long language and cultural immersion program, has opened many doors for me as empoloyers are often interested in bilingual candidates. At Emory, I was also offered the opportunity to take a business class or two, even though I was not a part of the Business School. With Emory's location in Atlanta, GA, as well as its strong relationships with many Atlanta businesses, there was no shortage of internship opportunities for Emory students, which I also took advantage of during my undergraduate experience. The only thing I might criticize is that, for BA or BS students outside of the Business School who might not plan on going to grad school right away, the career counseling was sub-par. The resources were available if you really sought it out, as I did, but certainly not available in the way that they were to Business students. In fact, the job fairs, in my opinion, were less than impressive for a school of Emory's reputation. That might be due to the perception by many corporations that Emory produces students that will immediately go to Medical, Law, or graduate school some other kind. Finally, I would also cite Emory's rank and general reputation as a prestigious instituation as something that has helped me. It seems trivial and maybe a little shallow, but I would be lying if I didn't say it factored in, at least to a degree!