Emory University Reviews

  • 17 Reviews
  • Atlanta (GA)
  • Annual Tuition: $51,306
93% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Bria Jarrell
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"My experience at Emory was a difficult but necessary one. The truth about Emory is that you will be challenged academically, socially, and emotionally. Emory courses are rigorous and if you are unused to that type of environment you will need to work on adjusting. You will meet a wide variety of exceptional people among the faculty, staff, and peers. If you lean into the rigor but focus on not comparing yourself to others, you can leave Emory with a wide variety of skills and knowledge that will benefit you in the future."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Emory is a school where no matter the degree you choose, the professors will be experts in their field and excellent teachers. I would highly recommend attending this institution if you are so lucky to be able to. I was a transfer student and felt extremely accepted by the community!"
Lirelle Gardere
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2019
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I found the school and the program very accommodating for me. The department was fairly small so I always had access to my professors and even if they were not available then someone else was. The coursework was rigorous but you gain so much from every class. There's always activities on campus so make sure to get involved!"
Melissa Alamo
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"When it comes to academics, Emory exceeded any expectations. You have to work very hard for your grades and sometimes the rigor in the academics can be very demanding deepening on your major. However, I felt like I had brilliant professors who were qualified to teach those courses according to their background. There is a vast array of subject areas to be able to choose from. One observation I have noticed throughout my time there is that while Emory calls itself a liberal arts college it is heavily focused on STEM majors. The school has gotten rid of various liberal arts curriculum throughout the years including the journalism and education studies department. As a first generation low income student, they gave me amazing financial aid all four years and felt very supported. Getting in touch of the financial aid office can sometimes be difficult but if you stay on top of them you will be fine. I absolutely love the human health department! Amazing classes and professors but I sometimes wish the program could expand more and include more variety in courses offered. One of my main complaints is that there is no school spirit on campus and very little emphasis is placed on sports. Thus, it can sometimes feel like an academic box. I would definitely say the school is not for just anyone so you would need to carefully consider whether it would be a good fit for you. Otherwise, I am very grateful for my time and experiences that I had at Emory."
Alexis Keys
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Law
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Emory University was a top 20 nationally ranked private university at the time I attended, 2009-2013. I attended because it was close enough yet far enough from my home in Orlando, FL to give me a sense of independence. The campus was immaculate, with white marble buildings, an impressively enormous libary, and within the bustling city of Metropolitan Atlanta. These three facets of campus life would be what sustained me through the most trying, most demoralizing, and most institutionally racist experiences of my life. Freshman year, I learned the meaning of institutional racism through Emory's selective enforcement of the Office of Student Conduct's anti-hazing policies. I regularly witnessed evidence of hazing on "Frat Row": white boys streaking, white boys parading campus wearing skirts, CVS cotton balls strewn on the front lawn of a black fraternity with the vandalized message "Pick up cotton, n*****s". Never did I hear of those fraternities being suspended, investivated or barred from campus for a number of years. I joined the freshman step team to make friends and get involved with the black student body. Stepping requires stamina and physical fitness. After a lengthy investigation and interrogation process, Emory disbanded and banned the step team, my first foray into student activity, within 3 months, due to what they called "hazing". The following year, I was days from my official initiation ceremony for a high profile black sorority, one my mother and family friends were travelling to attend. On the day of my ceremony, we got news that Emory had instructed this sorority to "cease and desist" all membership intake procedures. It was like a bad case of deja vu: again, I was selected as a 'witness' and pursued for interrogation as part of Emory's investigation into this sorority. After another lengthy process, this sorority was disbanded and barred from campus for 5 years, effective immediately. My hopes and dreams of creating a sense of community, pride, and love of my university were dashed into the dust on that day. I've never felt like more of a criminal than these interrogations. My GPA suffered, my sense of belonging suffered. After that, black fraternities and sororities were routinely removed from Emory's campus. I did not notice any hazing allegations being investigated or punished among the white Greek organizations. Not even the one that pulled the racist, vile 'pick up cotton' stunt. Nothing, however, could prepare me for what was supposed to be the final spring semester of my undergraduate career. Tuition was about $53,000+ my first year, that amount grew significantly each year. The financial aid and grants they offered me was substantial my freshman year, that amount quickly shrank to almost nothing by my senior year. I was blocked from enrollment in my final semester: I only had two classes left to get my BA degree, and I could not enroll due to insufficient funds. I met with and pleaded with Financial aid and Student Financial Services officers. They were beyond apathetic, they blamed me for picking a school my family could not afford. All in all, I would not recommend students of color or students that will rely heavily on financial assistance from the government or the institution attend this university. I should have gone to Spelman, a school with just as rigorous a curriculum, but of much more limited financial resources. If I knew then what I know now, I would have chosen a school that goes out of its way to foster community, pride, and a sense of belonging in its students."
Megan Ivankovich
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I cannot say enough positive things about Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. The caliber of instruction was top notch. Professors had a wealth of real-world experience, both at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and well-known organizations. In addition, some professors were well known in their respective fields, creating research and professional opportunities for students. Professors always made time to meet with students, which I have observed is not the case in other institutions. The school environment fosters learning and success. There is a very active student body which is supported by staff and faculty. Students enter the program with a wealth of experience in different areas of public health, which deeply enhanced my learning. Students are not competitive with each other but instead support one another. I made incredible friends during my two years in the program and these relationships and continued to enhance my professional and personal life over the past decade. The location of the school (Atlanta, GA) made for a fantastic academic environment. The school Is located right next to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many students receive paid or unpaid work opportunities during the program and/or work at the CDC after they finish the program. There are other prominent public health organizations in Atlanta, as well, such as the Carter Center or CARE. While it has changed someone since I was in school Atlanta is still a relatively affordable city compared to other cities where schools of public health are located (e.g., New York City, Boston). My time at Emory University was two of the most enjoyable and formative years of my academic and personal life, and I know I am not alone in appreciating the unique environment it has to offer."
Joel Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2018
  • Degree: Divinity
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I attended Emory University Candler School of Theology. After carefully reviewing other Theological Universities, my decision was based on opportunities for financial aid, education, and staff and faculty. Candler School of Theology has a vast variety of Grant opportunities to help alleviate the financial constraint that you have as a student. Staff and faculty are friendly, approachable and willing to help in order to assist you fulfill your educational goals."
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"From the moment I began taking classes in the Classics department, I knew I wanted to surround myself with these people for the rest of my college career. My professors were accessible and invested in my studies, as well as my personal well-being. While I know Classics is certainly a niche area of study, I believe my small department represents Emory as school. We are a tight community/family that I couldn't recommend more to a prospective student."
Rosalind Gardner
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The school of nursing is excellent. I have had no problems at all there. It is a well known school in the Atlanta Georgia area. It is expensive so plan accordingly. I earned a post masters certificate from the school of nursing. It was the best experience I have ever had. The teaching here is top notch."
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."