“The community is the greatest strength” of the Goizueta Business School at Emory, where “there are 200 other [students] happy to help with any project or connect [you] to their network.” And it’s not just the student body that personifies the “culture of collaboration over severe competition” that presides here. “The community outside the current students is also phenomenal,” we’re told. “Alumni are happy to mentor, connect you to networks, and help you find directed study [opportunities], jobs, or internships.”Collaboration is encouraged in part through Goizueta’s “lack of a hard-lined grading system” (grades are evaluative and do not correspond to GPA). It “definitely helps the community atmosphere,” although students “still feel pressured to do well personally.” The size of the program also helps; “the smaller school size makes Goizueta thrive on the ambition, creativity and curiosity of its students,” one student writes.Given the communal vibe, some might find it ironic that Goizueta’s primary curricular emphasis is leadership. Regardless, the school offers “wonderful leadership courses with guest speakers and applied learning.” It’s all part of a “flexible” curriculum to which “new and relevant courses are frequently added (e.g., e-marketing, globalization, and illiquid assets in times of financial crisis),” and which provides ample opportunities for students to pursue their unique interests through electives. As one MBA student explains, “Emory’s curriculum is very customizable, which comes from having a small class size.”Despite the laid-back atmosphere, academics are demanding at Goizueta. As one student puts it, “you genuinely need to push yourself hard and are challenged to reach the top of any class, but the focus is on really internalizing and learning the basics and foundations well. It’s not an insanely competitive environment; it’s one where you can truly learn and if you want to excel with grades and recognition, you can without feeling as though such things [are] easy or commonplace.” Goizueta’s location in Atlanta, a major metropolis home to many Fortune 500 companies, provides plenty of networking opportunities and a steady stream of well-connected professors and guest lecturers. Faculty members “are leaders in their fields, passionate about the material, and very accessible.” “Every one of them brings great work experience as well as academic credentials to the classroom. They are willing to bring in current business-related events into the classroom and are eager for students to bring in their work experience into class discussions,” students tell us.
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