Pre-College Program at Emory College: A Preview of College Life
Want to ease those college jitters? My College Guide knows that a pre-college program can help you get prepped for college in ways you may not have thought possible. Get the feel of a campus, make new friends, and see what college life is all about before you even leave high school!
For those who don’t yet know, a pre-college program is a summer program of varying length that many colleges and universities offer as a way to take a college course (sometimes even for credit!) while you are still in high school. Plus, it looks great on a college admissions application.
We got in touch with Elizabeth Elkins, the senior program associate at Emory College, to learn more about their pre-college option. If you’ve been looking for a way to stand out during the college admissions process and get a head-start knocking out those college credits, this may very well be something that you want to consider.
Read on and see what Emory College’s pre-college program is all about!
Pre-College Program at Emory College
Emory College doesn’t just have one pre-college program to choose from, you’ve got two programs of different length that encompass a variety of fields! Can you tell me a bit more about them?
Emory’s pre-college program has two options: two-week, non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses. Two-week courses give you a taste of college life in a class taught by an Emory professor.
Classes include the Neuroscience of Technology, Writing the Personal Essay, Law and Litigation, Psychology of Creativity, Infectious Diseases: Causes and Cures, and many others. Six-week courses are taken for full college credit, which is transferable to the college of your choice.
In a six-week class, you will be in the classroom with regular Emory college students. Classes in the six-week program are regular college classes such as Biology 120, Introduction to Sociology, etc. Emory opens a number of its summer courses up to qualified high school students each year.
Students in either program have the option to live on campus, or commute from home if they live in the Atlanta area.
Students live on campus in an actual dorm?
Yes, students live in Turman Residence Hall, one of the campus’ brand new buildings.
What are some courses that really stand out for you?
Dr. Marshall Duke’s Psychology of Creativity is regular each summer, and it is one of our most popular courses. Dr. Duke is a favorite among Emory students as well. In this class, students pick a famous creative person and look closely at how their personality traits made them successful. Past students have studied Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and 50 Cent.
Law and Litigation is another great course. It is taught by an Emory Law School professor and includes field trips to behind-the-scenes corporate law boardrooms.
So, would you consider a pre-college program at Emory College a great preview of actual college life?
Absolutely. So many of our students come to the program to find out if Emory is the right fit for them. We make sure the program is similar to life on campus. You live in a dorm, eat your meals at the student center, have a Resident Advisor, and have to learn how to balance your course homework with the many extracurricular options available.
There are also College 101 sessions that tell you more about different offices and activities on campus. These sessions also offer advice on writing college entrance exams, picking a major and studying abroad.
Is the Emory pre-college program all work and no play?
Downtime is up to the student. You can study, go to the gym, explore campus or hang out with your new friends. There are also many fun excursions planned during each session – including trips to Braves baseball games, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and Six Flags over Georgia.
This sounds like a great program, and one that could be tough to get into! When should a student think about applying for the pre-college program to ensure a better chance at snagging a spot?
We start accepting applications January 1 of each year. We encourage students to apply early to get the course they want. If a student needs financial aid, they should note the April 1 financial aid application deadline. Another advantage is to complete your application on time, and make sure your teacher/counselor submits their recommendation letter on time.
Otherwise, be a strong and dedicated student!
Is there anything a high school student can do now to help them gain an advantage in Emory pre-college admissions?
We look for students who would gain admission to Emory College. You should have strong grades, solid test scores and a great recommendation from your counselor or teacher. We love to see students who are involved in extracurricular activities as well.
There’s a lot of reasons to consider a pre-college program! To get a better feel for the program: browse the website, watch the Emory College pre-college program videos, and plan ahead if you want to snag a spot for yourself!