Newton: Oxford College - Emory East
A rich diversity of students, a small campus and a rigorous liberal arts education are hallmarks of Oxford College of Emory University, says Joe Moon, dean of student life at Oxford.
"Because Oxford is a two-year school, first- and second-year students are expected to jump right into leadership positions in extracurricular life," says Moon, who also points out that Oxford is not "pre-Emory."
"This is Emory," he says. "We're just located in Oxford."
In fact, Oxford College was Emory College before Emory University even existed. The college was founded in 1836 in the town of Oxford, one of the five municipalities in Newton County. In 1915, Emory College moved to Atlanta, becoming Emory University; Oxford College was established to serve freshman and sophomore students.
The college affords an opportunity to students, most of whom will finish their four years of college at Emory University, to experience a different sort of campus life than the one offered at the main location in Atlanta. "The average class size is 17 students," Moon says. "We offer the same challenging instruction offered at Emory."
Oxford College has approximately 600 students, most living on campus. The college is considered an important and influential neighbor adding to the quality of life both in Oxford and throughout the county.
Fourteen classes at the college integrate community service as a core student expectation, but Oxford students willingly volunteer their time and talents at the local Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, hospital and schools.
The college is an educational partner at nearby Palmer Stone Elementary School. In 2005, the college invited the entire fifth grade to a college immersion day, giving the young students an opportunity to experience a full day of college classes and campus life. Oxford holds an annual Easter egg hunt, Trick or Treat, and Fall Festival activities for the community; and its athletic facilities, including the outstanding tennis complex, have been used for high school region tournaments.
A recent change for Oxford College occurred when the new dean, Stephen Bowen, arrived in 2005. Formerly provost at Bucknell University, Bowen is the first dean at Oxford who didn't graduate from Emory.