First Year at Emory

The FYE program gives you a chance to get to know the campus, your professors, and your fellow hallmates. Whether you are trying to figure what to do this weekend or what major to choose, FYE offers numerous programs ranging from hall dinners to in-hall academic advising. 

FYE Signature Events:

  • 6 Week Kickoff
  • Songfest
  • First Year Semi-Formal
  • Cookies, Coffee, and Care
  • First Year Farewell

Creativity and the Arts

In the dynamic world around us, it is becoming increasingly crucial to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s innovative thinkers – fostering creative collaboration and originality for students to integrate into their own goals and aspirations. Join the Creativity and the Arts community to discover inspiration in the world around you at Emory, ranging from artistic expression and spoken word to technical designs and problem solving, and make an impression on the world. In Alabama Hall, it’s not just Creativity and the Arts – it’s creativity with a purpose.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the academic year, students living in the Creativity and the Arts theme will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the various avenues to express creativity
  • Grow in confidence in their own creative and artistic abilities 
  • Identify and utilize the multitude of arts resources that are available on Emory’s campus

Signature Programs:

  • All Hall Artistic Expression Mixer
  • Off Campus Arts Outing (Atlanta Ballet, Alliance Theater, Fox Theater, etc.)

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Health and Happiness

In Complex, students will have the opportunity to explore what makes them Happy and Healthy. As the first part of the office of residence life’s flourishing village students will start to develop lifelong skills that will help them throughout their time at Emory and beyond. Complex residents will observe health and happiness through the five pillars of health: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental, and social. The Complex Community partners closely with the Center for the Study of Human Health, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Play Emory, and CAPS in order to meet every resident’s needs and educate students on the five pillars of health.

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In Dobbs Hall, first-year students will have the opportunity to Explore. Through intriguing conversations, purposeful programs, and living with others, students will expand their minds and begin to discover uncharted territory. Whether they explore different majors, a new city, different ideologies, or unfamiliar foods, students will discover their own version of exploration. As an institution with a multitude of resources at the students’ disposal, Emory University encourages its students to expand their minds and unleash their fullest potential, and Dobbs Hall is the catalyst. Dobbs Hall residents will broaden their perspectives, increase their awareness, and feel empowered to embark on new endeavors that will carry then through their first year at Emory, into their second, and beyond! In Dobbs Hall, failure is not an end; it’s just the beginning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define exploration in its various applicable contexts: personal, academic, societal and others.
  • Engage in exploration of Emory and the greater Atlanta community
  • Determine goals to explore an academic discipline of interest in which the student is unfamiliar

Selected Signature Programs:

  • Dobbs Campus Scavenger Hunt: Exploring Emory
  • Exploring Dobbs: 
    • Fall: Semesterly Barbecue 
    • Spring: Courtyard Bash

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Global Cultures

The Global Cultures community seeks to connect and expose residents to traditions and cultural experiences beyond their current sphere of understanding. Student and professional staff members carry out this mission through social and educational programs that inform, challenge, and encourage residents to further developing their intercultural skills and competence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a greater understanding of cultural diversity and backgrounds

  • Broaden their global perspectives, which gives students the ability to create informed action throughout their time at Emory and beyond

  • Demonstrate a further curiosity and exploration of world cultures in preparation for their second year at Emory

Selected Signature Programs:


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Social Innovation

Raoul offers students the opportunity to explore complex societal problems through a social justice perspective. Grounded in an intersectional framework, student and professional staff work alongside residents to develop social and educational programs that inspire residents to positively impact the world. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a greater understanding of social innovation
  • Explain the intersection of social justice and social innovation
  • Identify a problem at Emory or beyond which could be solved through social innovation


Special programs and workshops will be held and led by the graduate fellow for Raoul Hall. In the past, these have included:

  • A pitch contest for students to solve a problem at Emory. Winning teams are awarded resources to put their ideas into practice
  • A sustainable coffee project where Raoul students learn about better-than-fair-trade sustainable coffee from Nicaragua. Students work with Farmers to 40, a coffee project in association with Goizueta Business School
  • Office hours for one-on-one project and academic advisory

Raoul Hall History

Raoul Hall is named after Eleonore Raoul, the first to woman to graduate from Emory Law School. Raoul helped organize the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia and was a lifelong supporter of equal rights for women.

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Living Green: Sustainability in the 21st Century

The biggest problems of our time, ranging from food and water access, environmental racism, and climate change require new perspectives and interdisciplinary solutions found in the communities most affected by these issues. Be a part of Living Green at Emory during your first year and examine what strategies we can employ to support the “three Es- Environment, Economy, and Equity.” Educate yourself and the world about the impact we have on our surroundings and our ability to ensure a high quality of life for future generations. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the academic year, students living in the Living Green theme will be able to
  • Define sustainability
  • Identify sustainability efforts around the Emory campus
  • Explain how issues of sustainability are related to the economy, politics and social justice

Selected Signature Programs:

  • Sustainability Showcase during Fall Orientation 
  • Weekly Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooking night
  • Monthly documentary screenings and a WaterHub Tour

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Fusion: Engaging in the Liberal Arts.

Gone are the days when we, as members of an academic community, can ignore the interconnectedness and fluidity of learning. The diversity of schools at Emory is our strength, and this residence hall is where we will integrate, connect, and question those disciplines to understand and solve local and global problems. This is where we experience Fusion: Engaging in the Liberal Arts. Will you join us?

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the academic year, students living in the Fusion theme will be able to
  • Define the Liberal Arts
  • Name 2 disciplines that could be used to understand a particular issue
  • Apply knowledge gained in one discipline to another field

Selected Signature Programs:

  • Weekly IDEAS Fellows programming and office hours
  • Semesterly Liberal Arts Symposium with creative academic presentations in the hall
  • Engagement Experiences to the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia
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