Academic Experience


Innovative teaching and expanded access to all Emory has to offer

Through the Student Flourishing initiative, Emory is enhancing students' academic experience on multiple fronts—from curricular innovations to operational improvements.

In addition to introducing new and improved first-year courses to provide undergraduates with a strong foundation for success, we're developing opportunities for students to gain confidence through experiential learning, collaborative problem-solving, a focus on digital literacy, and other high-value skills for lifelong flourishing. Behind the scenes, we're focused on removing barriers and opening doors to help students access and explore all that Emory has to offer.

Education Reimagined

“By ensuring greater connections between what happens in the classroom and the experiences students have beyond it, we can provide a more fully integrated educational experience. From experiential learning to more deliberate career development, the new programs and opportunities within the Student Flourishing initiative will better prepare students for personal and professional lives of achievement, meaning, and purpose.”

—Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

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What’s New: Academic Experience Highlights

Setting the Stage in ECS 101

This foundational course for all Emory College first-year students has been redesigned to emphasize student flourishing through community-building, health and well-being, purposeful reflection, and finding pathways toward personal academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular goals—providing an introduction that sets the stage for student success in college and beyond.

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First-Year Flourishing Seminars

Rooted in the Student Flourishing Initiative’s focus on the whole student, these new seminars combine multidisciplinary liberal arts studies with weekly community-building dinners and opportunities for personal reflection on flourishing and well-being—including at least three follow-up gatherings after the semester ends. The goal: deepening not only what students know but who they aspire to be.

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New Avenues to Business Education

Along with a reimagined BBA curriculum emphasizing customized pathways, technology and data analytics, personal and professional development, and community engagement, Goizueta Business School will expand access to its popular program in 2022–2023 by introducing a new business minor open to all undergraduates. A new cross-school initiative launching in fall 2023, Goizueta@Oxford will streamline the path to a BBA for Oxford students by expanding prebusiness course options, programming, and advising.
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Enhancing Access to Emory

The newly expanded Emory Advantage program helps more students graduate debt-free by eliminating need-based loans as part of undergraduate students’ financial aid packages, replacing them with institutional grants and scholarships beginning in 2022–2023.

Read about Emory Advantage
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The Emory Undergraduate Council

Led by the provost, this university-wide council is charged with identifying and acting on operational improvements to the undergraduate experience. In spring 2022, the council extended the add/drop/swap period to give students an additional week to shape their semester. Other priority areas include improving waitlist functionality and creating opportunities for faculty-student engagement outside the classroom.

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Capturing Co-Curricular Activities

Available in fall 2022 from Emory Academic Innovation, a new co-curricular catalog will connect graduate and undergraduate students to an array of school- and unit-based short courses, certificates, and experiential programs focused on developing entrepreneurship, digital literacy, leadership, job-related competencies, and other high-value skills. The catalog paves the way for a co-curricular transcript that will allow students to showcase their activities to future employers and graduate programs.

Co-Curricular Catalog
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Experiential Learning Pilots

Emory’s Student Flourishing initiative will foster experiential learning opportunities that prepare students with skills and perspectives to flourish in a rapidly changing world—such as comfort with open-ended, real-world problem-solving, analytical and communication skills, the ability to successfully work in teams, and an entrepreneurial mindset. One exemplar and early pilot is DataThink, a summer practicum launched by the Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods (QTM) in partnership with Microsoft and the Atlanta Regional Commission, which challenged students to build a data-driven model to quantify the metro Atlanta rental landscape—paving the way for additional research and policy recommendations.

Read More about the QTM pilot
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