Randall Bedwell, College Planner, Professor, and Author
Emory University is one of the "Southern Ivy" colleges whose reputation is on par with any other school in the country. As a college planner, I have helped a number of students gain admission and thrive in their friendly and supportive academic environment.
Emory has some distinct advantages that are not well-known. The Emory Advantage program, a need-based financial aid initiative (for families that earn less than $100,000 annually), has allowed a few of my students with demonstrated need graduate with no student loans.
In addition, Emory's Office of Disability Services provided two of my clients (one with Multiple Sclerosis and the other with dyslexia) with accommodations that allowed them to thrive in a caring and inclusive environment that focused on their strengths and academic ambitions.
Finally, Oxford College, the two-year college which is a part of the Emory system (and is on Emory's original campus), is one of the lesser-known opportunities for students to ultimately graduate with an Emory degree. The campus has around 1,000 students and my clients have indicated that the strong friendships they made and esprit de corps of the smaller campus made their Oxford experience meaningful.
Emory University’s mission is "to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity," and, from the experiences of my students, the university lives up to their words.