• Preprofessional Opportunities, Part 3: Pre-Business

    We asked various students on preprofessional tracks to share more about their experiences at Emory so far. Today we hear about Pre-Law, written by Grace Cleland, 18B. Read Part 1: Pre-Med and Pre-Dental here, and Part 2: Pre-Nursing and Pre-Public Health here. Stay tuned for posts on Pre-Law and Pre-Veterinary opportunities.

    Pre-Business: World-Changing Ideas

    business schoolDid you choose Emory for business? What drew you to the program here?
    Emory’s business program is one of the best in the country, and I believe it’s partially because every student has a liberal arts base that is unique to Emory. Most other schools will make you start immediately on the business program, but Emory students start in the college first which gives us a different outlook at business problems than the average Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student.

    Why business? What have you liked about it so far?
    Business is involved in every part of our lives, especially in the United States. I am primarily interested in social enterprise and finding business solutions to social problems, and the business program at Emory really does help me achieve this. I love how applicable the information I learn in class is to the problems I face in the real world.

    What resources does Emory have that you’ve taken advantage of?
    Since starting a year ago, I fully utilized the PACE (Pre-Major Advising Connections at Emory) program that started over the summer, through which I was unsuspectingly introduced to the director of the Quantitative Social Science Major, now my double major. At an Emory Networking night, I met Emory alum Ian Cohen, who offered me my first real internship right after freshman year, and introduced to the idea of Educational Policy reform as a job (now my dream job). The staff in the business school have been more than supportive of my two majors and have worked tirelessly to make sure I get both done in time to graduate, including giving me priority registration for classes in the College and in the business school. Emory is honestly the only place I could do any of the things I am doing now.

    What or who has been your favorite professor or class?
    My favorite class so far has been Operations and Management in the business school with Professor Emily Bianchi.  She is an incredible professor who knows how to keep students engaged. She’s one of those teachers that truly knows how to keep every type of student engaged in class. She addresses the concerns of every type of learner. Personally, I learn best through experience and in class, and she has us actually play out the phenomena we’re about to learn. For example, to learn about power dynamics, she had us divided into groups in which we had to negotiate while one person was in power; we did almost exactly what she had predicted! The subject itself is super interdisciplinary–it’s essentially a course in the psychology of business–and it involves anthropology, psychology, sociology, and more to predict human behavior and to apply it to a work setting.

    In Professor Bianchi’s class, we were put in groups and assigned a case study to analyze and present. The goal was to use what we learned in class to identify what went wrong, why it went wrong, and what we can do to fix the problem. I was fully expecting a case centered around a company facing problems since we were in the business school, but our case turned out to be about a Varsity army crew team that was losing repeatedly to the JV team. It just goes to show how actually applicable this class is to everything we do.

    What was your experience like as a pre-BBA?
    I really enjoyed my experience as a pre-BBA because I kept my mind very open. I knew that I was going to the business school, but I still explored many other areas in the College, and as a result, I am now a double major in Quantitative Social Science with a focus on Public Policy!

    Shreya Mohan
    Shreya Mohan, 18B*, Goizueta Scholar
    Bachelor of Business Administration, Strategy and Management Consulting, Concentration in Business and Society; Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Social Science, Concentration in Public Policy
    Jacksonville, FL


    Pre-Business: Think Differently

    GoizuetaDid you choose Emory for business? What drew you to the program here?
    I did not choose Emory for business.  At the time when I was applying to colleges (and applied Early Decision I to Emory), I had no idea what I wanted to study.  I chose Emory for the other great options and opportunities that exist here, and later on chose to study business.

    Why business? What have you liked about it so far?
    Business has always made sense to me, and I have always enjoyed thinking financially and economically.  It is also easy to combine my enjoyment of business with my other passions, like film or music.

    What was your experience like as a Pre-BBA? How has the transition to the business school been so far?
    As a pre-BBA student, I was able to really get the most out of my liberal arts education, and fulfill my General Education Requirements.  This was definitely made easier by the fact that I came in with some AP credits, because those also allowed me to apply early to the business school.  The transition has been easy; the business school provides us with a wealth of information and resources to help us make a smooth transition from the College of Arts and Sciences to Goizueta.

    Randy Miller
    Randy Miller, 18B

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Concentration in Film and Media Management
    Bridgewater, NJ



    IMGL0097-X2-X2What resources does Emory have that you’ve taken advantage of?
    The Career Management Center (CMC) at Goizueta has been extremely helpful in providing coaches and mentors to help you understand the field(s) you may be interested in and then prepare for recruiting in said field.  Additionally, the alumni names they provide for networking is incredibly useful. If you provide the CMC with an industry or a company you’re interested in, they’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of the names and email addresses of Emory alums who work there so that you can connect with them. The Alumni Database is also helpful for this.

    Who or what has been your favorite professor or class?
    Illiquid Alternative Investments with Mark Bell.  That basically means that we study unusual investments that are difficult to get in or out of. Everything Bell teaches is based around personal experience and is applicable to what’s going on in the world currently.  We’ve gone on different field trips from hedge funds to art museums to put into context what we’re talking about in class. We’ve had a ton of speakers come lecture us who have amazing and unique careers in the fields we learn about, so everything comes full-circle. Greg Hagod, the co-founder of a hedge fund called Nephila, came to talk to us about alternative investments, and Bob Morett, a partner at Bain & Company, spoke to us about re-insurance, or insurance for insurance companies. It’s a result of Bell’s connections and alternative (pun intended) teaching style that allow us to have these opportunities that I haven’t been exposed to in any other class.

    Could you explain what it’s been like being on a preprofessional track and also pursuing a concentration in the College of Arts and Sciences?
    Being on a “preprofessional” track is great if you know what you want to do as a career right away.  It provides a lot of useful knowledge that helps soften the learning curve once you begin working since many of your classes give you primary or background knowledge in the field you are going in to.  However, that often means you are taking a narrow spectrum of courses, so I knew I wanted to diversify myself beyond just finance courses.  Taking Spanish really isn’t directly applicable in any way to my consulting job I’ll be working at out of college, but it helps me think in different ways and use other, creative skills that you do not usually find in finance courses.

    How has the business program at Emory prepared you for your career?
    Goizueta has helped tremendously with giving me the resources to be successful. Like I said before, the mentorship, alumni, treks, relevant courses, and free access to business databases, to name a few, are more than enough to prepare you for finding and then being successful in a business career.  It is certainly up to the individual to take advantage of these resources and be diligent in utilizing them properly, but assuming he or she does, Goizueta prepares you quite well for a professional career.

    Ethan Samuels
    Ethan Samuels, 15B

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance; Spanish
    Los Angeles, CA


    *Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. 

  • Preprofessional Opportunities, Part 2: Pre-Nursing and Pre-Public Health

    We asked various students on preprofessional tracks to share more about their experiences at Emory so far. Today we hear about Pre-Nursing and Pre-Public Health. Read Part 1: Pre-Med and Pre-Dental here. Stay tuned for posts on Pre-Business, Pre-Law, and Pre-Veterinary opportunities.

    Pre-Nursing: Caring with a Purpose

    emory nursing students

    What made you interested in nursing at Emory?
    I was one of the many individuals who came in with the idea: “I want to be a doctor or at least do something in the medical field.” To be honest, obtaining a job in the health field for my family means security and stability so that was set. However, exactly what I wanted to do I was not clear. Sure the shiny title of doctor was appealing, but I realized that it would just be a title and not a passion for me. I wanted to feel passionate and needed with whatever profession I chose to pursue. I volunteered at Grady the summer before my senior year in high school. I worked mostly with the nurses on the floor to which I was assigned. I honestly thought I would have the opportunity to see the doctors in action. While I did see doctors, the people in action were always the nurses. I think that was the first mental click for me. After being admitted into Emory and speaking to a lot of people who were either pre-med, pre-health, pre-nursing, I realized that there is more to the health field than doctors. I was drawn to the idea of nurses and their hands-on approach. It was refreshing and every time I spoke to a nurse, I heard joy, something that I didn’t hear in a lot of the doctor’s voices I spoke with. Though these individuals do not make up all the doctors and nurses in the world, hearing from them solidified my decision to pursue a career in nursing.

    Is there a specific type of nursing you are interested in?
    Children can make any day right! I love working with kids; hearing their laughter and joy when they have accomplished something is the best sound. I honestly do not know what kind of nurse I want to be yet, but if I have the opportunity I want to see what it is like working with expecting mothers or helping guide children as they go through life milestones.

    What is unique about Emory’s undergraduate nursing program?
    They care. I had a chance to talk with an admission counselor who gave me great advice to make myself more competitive for the nursing school. She was really encouraging when talking to me about my future in the nursing school and in my future career.

    What is it like managing the pre-requisites for nursing?
    The classes for the nursing school require a lot of time in order to fully understand the material. You have to know backwards, forwards, and on a whole other dimension it seems. But, they are really interesting and I have learned a lot thus far!

    What resources are available to pre-nursing students?
    There are EPASS tutors for introductory biology and chemistry. I usually use it once a week to get clarification with anything I am struggling with. Working with the Teaching Assistants of your class can also be really helpful. For Anatomy & Physiology and Human Growth & Development, I meet with my professor during office hours to ask questions.

    Did you choose Emory for this program, or did you discover it after arriving and considering all of your options?
    I did not come to Emory for the Nursing School. I actually did not even know it was such a big program at Emory; I was primarily familiar with the School of Medicine. Therefore, when I came to Emory the pre-med mentality was in full effect and I did not realize until second semester of my first-year that there is more to Emory medical school!

    What has been your favorite class and/or professor in the program/in your pre-requisites and why?
    I really struggled with Anatomy & Physiology and Biology in the beginning. But, after talking to my professors and developing knew study strategies and approaches to the material, I had much more positive feelings for these classes. I saw tremendous results. My testing anxiety decreased a lot and my confidence level in the material increased tremendously. I developed a new way of studying and that would not have been done if I did not struggle through these two courses. These two classes were my favorite because I did not receive the shiny “A” in them, but rather proved that if I really push myself, I can succeed in these really difficult classes.

    Gloria Alafe
    Gloria Alafe, 18N*
    Covington, Georgia



    Pre-Nursing: Where Caring and Having Fun Go Together

    What made you interested in nursing?
    The majority of my family works in the healthcare field, so I have grown up surrounded by family who go to work, loving what they do. Growing up around that has given me the chance to see how I could help people one day. I babysat a ton, and volunteered in nursing homes where my mom worked and sang old songs, played bingo, made crafts and talked with the residents. It meant so much to see that I could make them happier with simple things like I listed above. I thought a lot about how much I wish I could do more to help them, and I think nursing is a great way to do that. More specifically though, my Nana, who lived with my family most of my life, was a nurse in WWII. She took care of holocaust victims, and wounded soldiers, but she was also the most influential, most loving, deeply caring, perceptive, funniest, most encouraging person I have ever been lucky enough to know. I want to help people the way she did, and she could tell me I could be anything in the world I want to be if I worked hard and put my heart and soul into it. I hope to be half the nurse and the person she was.

    Is there a specific type of nursing you’re interested in?
    Not really. I’m pretty open. I think a lot of my ideas could change once I start to gain experience with the different fields. If I had to choose right now I’d want a job that allows me to work with either elderly patients or kids. Maybe post-op, anesthesiology, cardiology…I am just going to see where life takes me.

    What is unique about Emory’s undergraduate nursing program?
    I am sure a lot of things are but I have not fully been immersed into the nursing school yet. One thing I’ve noticed so far is that nursing is a team effort. Students are there to learn but also to learn how to work as a team and collaborate with their peers about solving all kinds of problems. I think that is huge in nursing. You need to be able to work together to provide the best healthcare possible for a patient. It makes the environment much more welcoming and the teachers all seem more than willing to help you however they can.

    How is it managing the pre-requisites to nursing with the classes for your other major/minor?
    It’s a lot of fun! I love theater, specifically acting. I think it has been a great outlet for me! I can’t imagine my life without theater and music in it and the more I continue to learn the more I want to know and the more I see how it connects to nursing. Empathy is a huge part of theater and it is a big part of health care I think. You need to be able to understand why a patient or their family might feel the way they do and be able to effectively communicate with them in the best way possible. So in some ways I see the two connecting more than I thought they would. But anyways back to your question…it’s been great! I love the department, the people in it, the classes I have taken, and the joy of being able to work on one of my favorite passions at a collegiate level! It’s wonderful!

    What resources are available to Pre-Nursing students?
    The nursing faculty, the pre-nursing club, nursing students! It’s like the College in that the resources and the networking is endless!

    Kate Howard
    Kate Howard, 18N

    Nursing and Theater
    Groton, MA


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    Pre-Public Health Track: A Global Future

    Emory EMS

    What are some of your favorite classes you have taken in your fields of study?
    While I have had many favorite classes during my time at Emory, I will highlight a few from recent semesters. Last spring, I took a course titled “How Self Tracking Transforms Human Health.” Twelve classmates and I were issued various “wearables” and other health devices, including Jawbone fitness bands, heart rate monitors, blood glucose meters, and more. Through tracking numerous of our own health variables and examining current research studies, we learned first-hand the many benefits new technologies hold in improving health and the limitations that need to be considered.

    I became a history major by chance after discovering my interest in the history of health and medicine. After taking my freshman seminar course titled “Vaccines and Society” with Dr. Conis, I decided to take another offering. This led to more, and in total I took four classes with Dr. Conis, including “Opium to Obamacare,” “Health and the Humanities,” and “Drugs and American Culture.” I love the awesome opportunities given in her courses for discussion and the engaging readings and assignments we complete. Since I took almost all of the history offerings related to health, I decided to branch out and take courses in Jewish history, and now hold a special interest in American Jewish history.

    Why are you interested in studying public health? What do you hope to do with your degree after college and beyond?
    Originally on the pre-med track and excited for a career as an emergency physician, I became interested in studying public health during my sophomore year. From an amalgamation of the information I was learning in my classes and the frustrations of the broken U.S. healthcare system that I was experiencing from working as an emergency medical technician with the Emory EMS Squad, I decided I wanted to focus on improving macro level healthcare issues. During the summer between my junior and senior years, my plan became solidified after an amazing internship at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C, where I was an Emergency Care Policy intern.

    I am currently in the process of applying to public health programs with a concentration in health policy and management. After I obtain my Master’s in Public Health, I would like to work in the field of healthcare innovation, possibly as a program manager or consultant. My primary interests are at the intersection of chronic disease management, emergency/unscheduled care, healthcare delivery, health policy, and quality and safety.

    What kinds of resources have you taken advantage of at Emory to help you with pre-public health?
    Over my four years at Emory, I have worked closely with my advisers from both human health and history. They have both been extremely helpful in selecting appropriate courses as well as providing general career guidance. I use the advisers in the Career Center as well; before applying to internships, I have always taken my resume in to receive tips and suggestions from the advisers. Visiting schools of public health often hold information sessions on campus, so I have been able to network with their admissions staff and learn more about their programs.

    Recently, I have become involved with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement chapter at Emory. Through this organization, I have received free training, the opportunity to attend various lectures and speaker sessions, and a forum for networking with other students interested in this field. I have also connected with a health services researcher in the School of Medicine, and am performing imaging appropriateness research under him and his team for academic credit this semester.

    Lastly, I have benefited greatly from the close relationship Emory College shares with the Rollins School of Public Health. There are numerous Rollins faculty members that teach courses in the human health program, and I have also attended many lectures and outside activities at the school. This semester, I am taking a 500 level public health course in Rollins, and it has been a great preview for what I am hoping to experience full time next fall!

    Gabe Gan
    Gabe Gan, 16C
    Human Health and History
    Bethesda, MD



    *Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year.


  • Preprofessional Opportunities, Part 1: Pre-Med and Pre-Dental

    We asked various students on preprofessional tracks to share more about their experiences at Emory so far. Today we hear about Pre-Med and Pre-Dental. Stay tuned for posts on Pre-Nursing and Pre-Public Health, Pre-Business, Pre-Law, and Pre-Veterinary opportunities.

    Pre-Med Track: Preparing to do good in medicine

    Med Brigade in Ghana

    Why are you interested in the pre-med track? What have been some of your favorite classes you have taken in your fields of study?
    I initially became interested in pursuing a field in healthcare thanks to my older sister who is a nurse practitioner. She has a huge influence in my life, and I wanted to be able to help people like she does since I was a kid.

    It’s no secret that pre-med classes are difficult, but Emory professors really want to make the material engaging. I remember Dr. Bing, my physics teacher, saying on the first day, “How many of you are taking this class just so you can apply to medical school?” Unsurprisingly, over half the class raised their hands.  In response he said, and I’m paraphrasing: “Usually pre-med students take physics just to get it out of the way. Hopefully, I can show you that there’s more to physics than you think.” I’d never taken a physics class before, and I was afraid to start one, but Dr. Bring was such a fantastic professor that many of my friends and I almost considered minoring in physics by the end of the course.  His demonstrations in class were hilarious, his passion for the subject was contagious, and he was always willing to help us understand the material, even if he had to repeat the concept a dozen times.

    Why do you want to be a doctor, and what do you hope to do with your degree after college and beyond?
    The summer after my first year at Emory, I had the opportunity to go on a medical brigade to Ghana with over twenty other Emory students.  Despite being the youngest student on the trip, I was able to help several hundreds of people within a small village that had limited access to a doctor.  As a group, we provided medication to those in need, distributing everything from ibuprofen to malaria pills.  Each day we had several stations to help the villagers as well, one being a dentist station where we could watch Ghanaian dentists pull out teeth from patients. All the women also had the option to work with the OB/GYN for a day. I remember volunteering for that position and thinking that, like the dentist station, I would only watch the procedures. After the midwife examined the first three patients, however, she handed me and the other Emory student the tools and said, “You two do the rest. Diagnose her after each procedure, and I’ll tell you if you’re right.” It was a both a horrifying and exhilarating experience, and it was the spark behind why I truly wanted to become a doctor. The amount of trust each woman had toward me while I conducted the procedure was unlike anything I’d felt from anyone else before.  I want to dedicate my life to helping others maintain their health and to being that person that they can trust to heal them.

    Have you found any resources at Emory to help you navigate the pre-med track?
    Emory offers several resources on campus to help pre-healthcare students stay on track. The two most influential for me have been the Pre-Health Mentoring Office (PHMO) and my faculty advisors. The PHMO is an entire center on campus dedicated to helping pre-med, pre-vet, pre-nursing, pre-dental, etc. students get the guidance they need to be a competitive applicant for those professional schools. My advisors, whether they’re my formal major advisor or one of my professors, have also given me advice about being a pre-med student. While many of them don’t know as much about the process of applying to medical schools as the PHMO, they’re always willing to recommend courses for me or connect me to opportunities that will strengthen my application.

    How did the pre-med track factor into your decision to come to Emory?
    I chose Emory in part because of its pre-med program. When I was applying to colleges, a friend described Emory’s pre-med resources to me in hopes of convincing me to apply.  She told me about the services offered by the PHMO and the strong community of pre-med students, but what attracted to the most was Emory’s access to several hospitals both on and off campus. As of today I’ve volunteered at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for nearly a year thanks to its proximity to my residence hall. A few of my friends even volunteer at Grady Memorial Hospital, a Level I trauma center, in downtown Atlanta, and Emory provides free transportation to that hospital every weekday. All of this, combined with Emory’s extensive offering in the liberal arts, sealed my decision to apply to Emory.

    Nicole Asante
    Nicole Asante, 16C 

    Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology, Integrated Visual Arts Co-Major
    Providence, RI


    Pre-Dental Track: Service with a Smile

    Dental Brigade

    How did you become interested in the pre-dental track? What drives your passion for dentistry?
    Before coming to college, I definitely knew I wanted to do something in healthcare, but I was very conflicted because I was also considering business. For some time, I thought about maybe going into Healthcare Management, but after a while, one of my friends before entering college had jokingly made a comment about how I should go into Dentistry. I had never considered dentistry before, but I had braces for a few years growing up, so I definitely had my fair share of being in a dentist’s office! After looking more into dental careers, I started to realize that it was the perfect fit. Though I’ve always had a passion for healthcare, I could never really see myself working in a clinical, hospital environment. With dentistry, you can create and structure your own work environment once you start your practice. I also love dentistry because of the quick turnaround in results. With dentistry you are able to make a drastic difference in someone’s self-image and self-confidence in a short amount of time.

    What kinds of resources has Emory provided to help you with the pre-dental track?
    I am on the executive committee for the Pre-Dental Society here at Emory, and we offer many opportunities that help pre-dental students learn more about the field of dentistry. We bring dentists in to speak about their experiences, and we go to the Dental Conferences where there are many dental school representatives to talk to as well as first, second, third, and fourth-year dental students. The volunteer coordinator of the Pre-Dental Society also facilitates volunteering and shadowing opportunities with a local dental clinic.

    Last summer, I went on the Dental Brigades Trip to Honduras, and it was one of the most impactful experiences I have had at Emory. I think it’s easy for a future career choice to sound good in theory, but you will never really know if a career is right for you unless you get first-hand exposure to the field. Honduras gave me the opportunity to shadow a dentist for multiple hours a day for a week, and I gained so much hands-on experience. I became really close to the dentist I was shadowing, and we actually still keep in touch! I think that trip was the moment I felt fully certain I had chosen the right path for myself.

    Alicia Johnson
    Alicia Johnson, 15 OX 17C

    Biology Major, Religion Minor
    Franklin, TN

    *Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Alicia did two years at Oxford (15OX) and will graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in biology from Emory College of Arts and Sciences (17C).


  • Voices of Emory: Ami Fields-Meyer

    Liberal Arts applies to Real Life Issues

    Watch Ami’s video (which is completely student-produced, by the way). Hear his story of beginning Emory College “undecided” in his major and how, through the liberal arts environment, he became a History major with a minor in African American studies. And also began the ground-breaking student group TableTalk, bringing students from different backgrounds together for engaging, authentic conversations around tough topics like race, religion, and cultural norms.

    Learn more about the majors, minors, and programs offered at Emory. And learn more about TableTalk, a completely student-led organization in the process of expanding to universities across the nation. Feel free to contact Ami directly at amiel.fields-meyer@emory.edu to learn more about his Emory experience.

  • Beginning Business School

    Perspective and Experience from a Current Sophomore


    I came to Emory having a good feeling about what I wanted to study here. As a first-year, I knew that I wanted to pursue a degree in business, and knew that Emory has one of the best undergraduate business programs in the country. I was excited at the prospect of getting into Goizueta Business School, (pronounced “goy-swet-ah”). And actually, I just recently found out I’ve been admitted to the BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) program through Goizueta’s early admittance plan. What you’ll read below are some of my insights about the Pre-BBA process.

    How and when do you apply to the business school?
    Students hoping to study business must apply for entrance to the Goizueta Business School during either the first or second semester of their sophomore year for entrance during either their second semester sophomore year or first semester junior year, respectively. Many students, myself included, opt to apply early for many reasons:

    • Early entrance allows students an extra semester to complete coursework within the Business School and in Emory College if they want to double major. Many students use the extra semester to study abroad (usually during the fall of their junior year).
    • Students have an early start to complete the “core” required classes.
    • There is more flexibility if students want to pursue multiple majors or concentrations (like business and history, or business and creative writing).

    That being said though, most students apply for admittance for their junior year, so it’s a matter of preference more than anything else.

    Wait, I’m not guaranteed admission to the business program?
    A lot of people are nervous about applying to the business program for fear they won’t be admitted and will have to pursue another major. I had that same fear, but more on that in a minute. Just know that, like the Emory University Office of Admission, the Goizueta Business School looks for reasons to accept students.

    While admission to the business school is not guaranteed, students who maintain good grades in the prerequisites and in other classes and who are involved at Emory are typically accepted into the program.

    B-school class

    What does the business school look for academically?
    The business school likes to see reasonable academic success during your first few semesters at Emory, including successful completion of four prerequisite classes, some of which can be satisfied with AP or IB credit. Students complete an economics course, one Calculus, one statistics, and one in financial accounting. Some students find these classes more difficult than others. But even for a qualitative-minded person like me, they are not only doable but engaging. Students are encouraged to work together in teams, apply principles from class to real-world problems, and solve cases of actual companies.

    The prerequisites aren’t meant to be a hurdle to overcome but rather are intended to be foundational to a future degree in business. Success in them can foster success in whichever field, inside or outside of business, a student plans to pursue.

    What else does the business school look for?
    Perhaps of equal importance to the admissions committee is student involvement on campus. Like any admissions committee, they look for quality over quantity. They want to see that you have joined clubs or organizations on campus that demonstrate your passion for something, which is also indicative of your success in the professional world in any field.

    It’s also important to note that acceptance to the program does not depend on a student declaring business as their major before they even get to Emory. I personally have many friends who thought they wanted to pursue something else when they first got here. Then, after taking a business class as a first-year, they decided they were interested in Goizueta. They have since applied and been admitted to the program.

    Admission to the business school is truly a holistic process, just as it is for admission to Emory University. Personally, I felt nervous about my own admission and began brainstorming other areas of study as a backup plan. Many students who don’t end up attending Goizueta decide on Economics, International Studies, or any of Emory’s other strong programs.

    Now that I’ve received an ‘Admit’ decision from Goizueta, I feel so excited to start planning a course load and choosing from an array of area depths and concentrations. I’d encourage you to go online and learn more about Emory’s undergraduate business program. Check out the Goizueta admission page, find more information on the application process, learn some nuts and bolts about academic requirements, and explore the BBA curriculum.

    Regardless of whether you’re interested in business or theater, chemistry or women and gender studies, know that there are a wealth of engaging academic and extracurricular opportunities at Emory relevant to your interests.

    Grace Cleland

    Grace Cleland 18B*
    Bachelor of Business Administration, Strategy & Management Consulting and Marketing
    Washington, D.C.

    *Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Grace will graduate in 2018 with a degree from the Emory University Goizueta Business School.

  • Emory University Scholars Program FAQs

    Deadlines, application materials, and program details

    Belltower + textWith the application deadline for the Emory University Scholars Program just around the corner (Sunday, November 15), we wanted to answer a few questions you may have on your mind about the program, deadlines, and the “what’s next?” process. (To read more about the legacy of the scholars program and qualities we look for in applicants, visit this post.)

    What is the Emory University Scholars Program?
    Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer partial to full merit-based scholarships as well as membership in Scholars Programs to a select group of incoming first-year students. (Read more about the Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, and Goizueta Scholars programs on their respective pages.) The purpose of these programs is to provide dedicated programming, academic opportunities, and financial awards to exceptional students. Students who want to be considered for an invitation into the Scholars Program need to meet the special application deadline of November 15, regardless if you are applying for EDII or RD.

    What kind of students receive scholarships?
    The Scholars Selection Committee looks for students with strong academic backgrounds and meaningful engagement. There are no set GPA or test score requirements. The selection process is comprehensive and holistic, analyzing all aspects of the applicant including academic record, community engagement, and overall personal qualities. One of my colleagues that coordinates the Scholars selection process has this to share about the type of students selected as finalists:

    Emory University Scholars are “intellectually carbonated” individuals, leaders among their peers, and “spark plugs” in their communities. They are forward-thinkers who stretch the boundaries of intellectual inquiry, artists with distinctive talents and creativity, and difference-makers that act as catalysts for positive change.

    Why is there a different deadline to apply for scholarships?
    The November 15 deadline provides the Admission Committee and Scholars Selection Committees ample time to review each candidate and render decisions about scholarship selection in early February. To be considered for the Scholars selection process, students must submit all required application materials by November 15.

    Are all my application materials due by the November 15 Scholars deadline, or can I turn other things in later, as long as it’s before the deadline of the admission plan I select (EDI, EDII, or RD)?
    If you want your application considered for the Emory University Scholars Program, all materials must be submitted by the November 15 deadline. Applicants need to select one of Emory’s three admission decision plans (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision), but the November 15 deadline applies for scholarship consideration (not the January 1 deadline associated with the EDII and RD plans).

    Should I still submit my application by the scholars’ deadline if I want my November SAT/ACT/TOEFL scores to be considered?
    Yes. Our admission team will keep the November test dates in mind as we review applicants. Please ensure that your scores be sent directly to Emory University from the testing agency. There is no need to “rush order” your scores. And remember, the Emory Scholars Program selection committee considers all aspects of a student, beyond just the numbers.

    Are there separate application materials to be considered for the Scholars Programs?
    Nope. The only additional step beyond applying by November 15 is this: students must nominate themselves for the Emory University Scholars Program by answering “yes” to the following question:

    Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer partial to full merit-based tuition scholarships and membership in Scholars Programs to incoming first-year students. The purpose of these highly selective Scholars Programs is to provide scholarships, dedicated programming, and distinct opportunities to attract the most promising students to Emory University. To be considered, students must submit a completed application by the Emory University Scholars Selection deadline of November 15 (ED1 applicants must submit by November 1). Are you interested in being considered for these Scholars Programs?

    This question is found in the Questions section of the Emory University “My College” page on the Common Application.

    So, there is NO additional essay?
    Correct. For the 2015-16 application cycle, there are no additional essays or forms that need to be completed by November 15. Applicants who are selected as Scholars finalists (notification in early February), will be required to submit an additional essay in advance of the Scholars Finalists visit program.

    I heard I needed to be nominated by my guidance counselor. Is that true?
    This was a requirement in past years but does NOT apply for 2015-16. All students need to do is apply by November 15 and nominate themselves via the Common Application. No additional forms are required.

    When will I hear my decision?
    This is a two-part answer, as there are decisions about admission as well as decisions about scholarships. Students selected as a Scholars finalists will find out in early February. We will let you know via email in January how this process will unfold. Finalists will find out which program they are a finalist in as well as receive their admission decision.

    Admission decisions for students not selected as scholar finalists will be released according to their admission plan: December 15 for EDI, February 15 for EDII, and April 1 for RD.

    Do I have to indicate whether I am interested in the Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, or Goizueta Scholars Programs?
    Nope. When applying, students are automatically considered for everything available in the Emory University Scholars Program. During the review process, the Scholars committee evaluates and selects students who are the best fit for each of the three programs: Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, and Goizueta Scholars. Finalists are then invited to attend the one program for which they’ve been selected.

    If I do not apply through the Scholars Program November 15 deadline, will I still be eligible for merit-based scholarship opportunities?
    Applicants to the Emory University Scholars Program not selected as finalists will continue to be considered for admission under their selected admission plan, as well as for additional, limited, merit aid not affiliated with the Emory University Scholars Program.


    Are international students eligible for the Emory University Scholars Program?
    Yes. International students are eligible to apply to the Emory University Scholars Program, and we strongly encourage those with financial need to do so. Financial assistance for international students is limited, and this program is a great way for Emory to provide some help to those who need it most.

    Are my Financial Certification Form (FIF) and 2015 – 2016 International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFA) required for the Emory Scholars deadline?
    No. While we encourage non-US citizens to complete the financial aid forms (declaration of finances/ FIF and the College Board’s ISFA) as accurately as possible,  we do not take these documents into consideration when reviewing students for any potential merit aid. Our international applicants are highly encouraged to apply for merit-based scholarships through the Emory University Scholars Program. Students considered for the prestigious program are reviewed solely on their academic and personal merits. Finances are not considered. If an international student is not selected as an Emory Scholar finalist, there is the opportunity to be considered for limited need-based financial aid awards which are given to a select group of international students each year. The FIF and ISFA are used to help determine how much financial need-based aid is awarded to the student. As well, because of this, we advise international students to apply for financial aid only if they do not have the resources to fund their education, and to complete the financial aid forms mentioned above.

    I hope this has helped you better understand the Emory University Scholars Programs. However, if you still have questions, please ask! You can post a comment to this blog, tweet us, or email us at admission@emory.edu.

    Lisa Coetzee
    Communications Manager
    Office of Admission

  • The Legacy of the Emory Scholars Program

    You Are More Than a Number

    For the “nuts and bolts” and FAQs of the Scholars Program, visit this post.

    Belltower + textAs our admission family starts to hibernate in their offices or homes reading all your stories, I am reminded of the powerful, yet humbling leaders that have shaped who Emory University is today. There have been many that have made an impact on our community and as you  consider submitting your application by the Emory University Scholars Program deadline (November 15th) I thought it fitting to share some of the legacies and qualities that have inspired the Scholar Programs at Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School.


    Robert W. Woodruff


    Robert W. Woodruff, also known as “Mr. Anonymous.” Most know Mr. Woodruff as a remarkable businessman and philanthropist. He became president of The Coca-Cola Company in 1923 helping to shape the company from a local soft drink business into the world’s best-known brand. Yet, when you hear personal accounts from people who knew Mr. Woodruff, they mostly recount how he remembered hundreds of friends’ birthdays each year with the gift of a rose in a Coca-Cola bottle, or that as one of Emory’s largest benefactors (and Oxford College dropout) he declined receiving an honorary degree at Emory because he felt he had not earned it. In civic life, Mr. Woodruff preferred to remain in the background, making anonymous gifts that greatly enriched his hometown of Atlanta. His philanthropy focused on transforming the small, bustling railroad town into a world-class city, and he made significant gifts to Atlanta’s health, education, and cultural institutions, like the impressive Woodruff Arts Center. Whatever the gift, Mr. Woodruff believed in giving quietly. On his desk sat a quote embodying his life’s creed:

    “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

    Roberto Goizueta

    Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

    Think about the mission of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School—to help students grow intellectually, personally, and professionally so that they feel enabled, empowered, and motivated to make significant positive contributions to the organizations they serve and to society as a whole. You can’t help but wonder where this mission comes from. The Goizueta Business School is honored to take its name from Roberto C. Goizueta, a Cuban immigrant who was an innovative and influential business leader who also served as chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company from 1981 until his untimely passing in 1997. Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most highly regarded CEOs in America,” Goizueta demonstrated a level of personal and professional courage throughout his lifetime that has ensured his legacy as one of the most respected business leaders of the 20th century. His challenge for us here is to “not teach business the way it is but the way it will be.” His ability to recognize opportunities, solve problems, and take intelligent risks transformed not only the Coca-Cola Company but the broader communities he committed his time to. During his tenure, he began introducing new beverages, including Diet Coke, Cherry Coke and New Coke (you may want to look into this one. It is a good story!), and even purchased Columbia Pictures!

    Much like Woodruff, while he was at the helm of the world’s most valuable and best-known brand, Mr. Goizueta did not seek the limelight. He would give credit where credit was due. But should he not agree with you, he would not hesitate to share his thoughts. It was this kind of openness and honesty that made him a man you could trust—and who could be trusted with one of the best-kept secrets in the world—the secret formula for Coca-Cola! One of my favorite Goizueta quotes is:

    “The cynics will tell you that the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Just do it anyway.”

    What will your legacy be?

    We share these legacies because we encourage you to unleash your creativity, embolden your thoughts and share them without fear! We learn so much from each of you, from both your success, your failures, and the things that are yet to come. Our Emory University Scholars selection is unique in that we look beyond the numbers. We are not seeking students on a spreadsheet based on your test scores and your grades in school—we are reading your full story. Who you are as a person, a thinker, and a risk taker matters to us just as much as all the other attributes. Perfection does not exist, so put that final touch on your essay and let it go!

    Giselle F. Martin
    Associate Dean of Admission

    Photos of Woodruff and Goizueta courtesy Wikipedia

  • Fall Festivities

    Students share their favorite Fall activities

    With all of the fun events happening at and around Emory this fall, a few students wanted to share their favorites!

    Pumpkin patch

    Pumpkin Patch

    Last weekend, I went to a pumpkin patch and corn maze with my sorority. It was so fun and relaxing to spend the day outside in the beautiful fall weather. Going on hayrides with my sorority sisters is one of my favorite things to do in the South!

    -Natalie, 18B*

    Apple PickingApple Picking

    Over fall break, my friends and I embarked on a road trip to a local apple orchard. We loved the crisp air, the sunny weather, and of course the delicious apples! What struck me the most was the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the orchard; it was beautiful and calming in a silent, majestic way.

    -Will, 15 OX, 17C

    Drag ShowEmory Pride Drag Show

    The Emory Pride Drag Show is probably one of the best and most dynamic events of the semester! Three members of our dance team, Adrenaline, are in the Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, which celebrates equality and culture. As such, Adrenaline definitely supports the LGBTQ community and wanted, like all of Emory, to show its support. As one of the campus’ newer performance groups, we were grateful just to be a part of such a popular event. Winning first place at the drag show competition meant more to us than we can say! We can’t wait to continue to support Emory Pride at this event for many years to come. (@jakeosmarinphotogrtaphy)

    -Jamesetta, 15 OX, 17C

    HalloweenTrick-or-Treating at President Wagner’s house

    Helping out with Halloween at the Wagner’s has been one of my favorite events of freshman year so far. President Wagner (or J-Wags, as we call him) and Mrs. Wagner are the most down-to-earth people, and they’re so fun to talk to. It was exciting to see the reaction on students’ faces when they saw how decorated the house was—it looked like a haunted mansion out of the movies! There were some great student costumes; one of my personal favorites was Cosmo and Wanda from the Fairly Odd-Parents. Lord Dooley even made an appearance, and I got to take a selfie with him! So I can check both trick-or-treating at the President’s house and a selfie with Dooley off my Emory bucket list. I was proud to be a part of such a unique tradition at Emory!

    -Matt, 19C

    *Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Natalie will graduate in 2018 with her BBA from the Goizueta Business School (18B). Will did his first two years at Oxford (15OX) and will graduate from Emory College in 2017 (17C)

  • The Southern Sense: November

    Atlanta highlights this Fall

    Atlanta night skylineAny time we talk about Emory University, one of the topics students (and parents) seem to be most interested in is learning more about Atlanta. There is a swirling, often vague, cloud of ideas about our city, the South, and what it means to go to school here. That’s part of the reason we write this blog series every month, and why we welcome dialogue and questions any time. (See past entries about our neighborhoods of Decatur and Virginia Highland, right next to campus, or our top picks for short trips from the city.)

    One of our favorite magazines, Garden & Gun, just did a great spotlight on Atlanta. (Before you freak out about a magazine called Garden & Gun, because obviously the title can be misleading, here’s a recap of why we love this mag so much.)

    Garden & GunIn G&G’s recent city portrait, Allison Glock does a phenomenal job capturing the city’s true open-mindedness:

    A magnet for Southerners who either didn’t fit into their small towns, or just craved the brighter lights of a bigger city but weren’t interested in abandoning the South, Atlanta has doubled down on its openness and revealed itself to be one of the most tolerant cities in the country. By continuing its tradition of civil rights activism (John Lewis still marches here) and celebrating diversity of all sorts—racial, sexual, gender, economic, and regional—Atlanta has quietly gone about the business of not only opting to be on the right side of history, but also becoming genuinely cool.

    And speaking to the city’s cultural and arts scene, which we all love so much:

    There are more parks in this city than you can visit in a month. We boast a restaurant scene to rival that of Los Angeles. Ditto for music. The same multicultural energy that powers Atlanta’s mojo infuses all it touches—art, festivals, fashion, even cocktail bars. All intermingle.

    We encourage you to check out Allison’s entire article if you have a few minutes. It’s a great read!

    There are truly so many layers to this city we call home. If you’re making time to visit this month, you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful Southern fall.  Crisp mornings. Breathtaking foliage. With weather still pleasant enough to be outdoors. What’s not to love? Yet another season where we find any excuse to—you guessed it—enjoy a festival or two and a stroll through some great historic and cultural landmarks around town.

    If you’re visiting Emory University this month, here are a few places to check out:

    Chomp and Stomp in Cabbagetown

    November 7. If you consider yourself a chili connoisseur, then you will not want to miss Cabbagetown’s 13th annual Chili Cook-Off, featuring over 100 individual chilis, 29 restaurant chilis, and 19 celebrity judges. Even if you’re not a chili fan, there will be plenty for you to eat from local food vendors as you listen to live music and peruse the Artist Market.


    Bazaar On The Beltline

    Bazaar on the BeltLine in Inman Park

    November 7. It seems like every month the Atlanta BeltLine is offering an awesome new event, and trust me, you will not find our community complaining! We are big fans of the project and all it has to offer. This particular event will feature “a multi-vendor pop-up market for all things vintage, rustic, handmade, and reclaimed.” You can find easy parking and access to the Bazaar near Krog Street Market.

    Chastain Park Arts Festival

    Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park

    Saturday, November 7–Sunday, November 8. There are arts festivals aplenty in Atlanta neighborhoods, and Chastain Park’s is certainly one you won’t want to miss. Between the live entertainment, food, music, and art, you’ll have plenty to do while enjoying a beautiful fall weekend in Atlanta!


    Botanical Garden Lights

    Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

    November 14, 2015-January 9, 2016. Those who have read some of my previous blog entries know that I love events at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Fall’s scarecrows and pumpkins have been replaced by nearly 1 million energy-efficient bulbs that light your way through the 30-acre plant sanctuary. Debuting in 2011, this spectacular exhibit has quickly become a must for Atlantans and a favorite sight-seeing activity for travelers. Exploration of the extensive grounds is punctuated by fire pits and on-site S’more kits, hot chocolate and cider stations, and seasonal music and shows. If you’ve never experienced the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this is a great time to do so. And if you have visited the gardens before, a return trip under these well-lit conditions will not disappoint.

    We hope you enjoy your time in Atlanta and visiting Emory College, Oxford College, or both!

    ‘Til next month!

    Farish Jerman
    Farish Jerman 11C*

    Assistant Dean of Admission
    Emory University
    Office of Undergraduate Admission


    * Emory uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Farish graduated from Emory College of Emory University in 2011.


  • Getting to Know You

    image1Thoughts from the Road by an Emory Admission Counselor

    As our office prepares for Early Decision I and Scholars deadlines, we say goodbye, for a few months at least, to “travel season.” Gone will be the nights in hotels, rental cars, high school visits, student and parent programs, high school counselor programs, and sad shortage of home-cooked meals. We prepare mentally to switch gears from life on the road to “reading season,” where we will be able to hear your stories and get to know you—the applicants.

    What do we look forward to during reading season? Giselle F. Martin, associate dean of admission, shares her personal take on the months ahead. She also shares some of her own life experiences, just as we ask you—the applicants—to share about yourselves in the supplemental essays.

    Tonight is an unseasonably humid fall evening in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is pitch black outside, and the sound of the Caribbean Sea reminds me that I have yet to set foot on the beach, despite having been here for three days. I am far away from my family, colleagues, and friends, and have been for the last several months as I traveled from our nation’s capital to countries throughout the Americas searching for the finest talent to bring back to the Emory community. Listening to the waves, I can’t help but think about the many students I’ve met along my travels and which ones will choose to share their story with us this application season.

    Tonight, during my last event of the travel season, a student approached and asked “what are you most looking forward to reading this fall?” I contemplated the question and then shared honestly. Each year I approach reading our students’ stories with an open mind to the unknowns of what may come. The undiscovered themes from students from around the world continue to surprise, inspire, and take my mind in directions that I could never fathom. The essays that are unscripted, un-strategized, and honest can elicit vocalized cheers from us as we marvel at your potential!

    The student smiled back kindly, paused for a moment, and stated that this year’s Emory essay questions forced her to peel back the layers of her value system and really reflect on the question of whether she had been living a life with integrity. I was delighted to hear that the question had made her think deeply, not just about “getting in,” but about who she was and how she wanted to live her life beyond the college search.

    She then asked, “how do you let go of your most inner thoughts to a complete stranger in a faraway land?” All I could say was to trust the experience and know that, for Emory, our process is very person-focused. Each applicant is seen as their own individual self.

    And that got me to thinking—we ask you as applicants to completely put yourselves out there for us in your essays. It can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and strange to open yourselves up to someone you’ve never met. So how about I do the same for you today.

    Here are some of the qualities I see in myself, all shaped by my life experiences thus far:

    During a tedious solo hike one winter on the cliffs of the Costa Brava, Spain, the breeze was my push to keep going through desolate ghost towns that are usually packed in the summer. The long walk reminded me of how determined I can be and that I will do almost anything for a perspective-altering life experience.

    Resilience From Within:
    Fear is not a word I give power to. Fear’s sword can be shiny and jeweled. But I know now that not everything covered in gold is good for you, and masked good deeds are the hardest to decipher.

    Being a Good Listener—of self and others:
    During my college years, I was encouraged to listen to my own thoughts, follow my own whims without hesitation, and understand and accept my own reasons without any guilt. For a young girl that had tremendous levels of family responsibility growing up, this was liberating. I try to continue parts of this mantra today as well, approaching each of your applications knowing that I can learn something from you in the process.

    Appreciating the Beauty of Friendship:
    In my life, I am most proud of the people I have chosen to share this journey with. They are my true treasures, my precious medals, and my biggest accomplishments.

    As I wind down from this long day of  visiting high schools, meeting with college counselors, and hosting an evening presentation, I am reminded of a quote I read recently by an unknown source:

    “Every tidal wave begins with a ripple… Make sure the ripples you create
    in your life are what you want coming back to you;
    because eventually, they will return.”

    There is no greater joy for me than seeking those who are unafraid to begin with a ripple—focused on improving the human condition. Be yourselves, my friends. Let your voice ring through. It is one of the most powerful assets you have to share.

    Thank you for taking a few minutes to listen to a few of my impromptu thoughts. Know that we can’t wait to read your stories and hear your voice!

    Giselle F. Martin
    Associate Dean of Admission

    Don’t forget that that the Early Decision I deadline is Sunday, November 1, at midnight eastern time. The Emory University Scholars deadline (for those applying ED2 or Regular Decision) is just around the corner, too, on Sunday, November 15, midnight eastern time.