Emory University

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About Emory University

Emory University is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The university was founded as Emory College in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia by the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. In 1915, the college relocated to metropolitan Atlanta and was rechartered as Emory University. The university is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the fifty oldest private universities in the United States.

Emory University has nine academic divisions: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and the Candler School of Theology. Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Peking University in Beijing, China jointly administer the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. The university operates the Confucius Institute in Atlanta in partnership with Nanjing University. Emory has a growing faculty research partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Emory University students come from all 50 states, 6 territories of the United States, and over 100 foreign countries.

Emory Healthcare is the largest healthcare system in the state of Georgia and comprises seven major hospitals, including the internationally renowned Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. The university operates the Winship Cancer Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and many disease and vaccine research centers. Emory University is the leading coordinator of both the NIAID's Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC) and the U.S. Health Department's National Ebola Training and Education Center. The university is one of four institutions involved in the NIAID's Tuberculosis Research Units Program. The International Association of National Public Health Institutes is headquartered at the university and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society are national affiliate institutions located adjacent to the campus. The university is partnered with the Carter Center.

Emory University is 16th among the list of colleges and universities in the United States by endowment, 21st among universities in the world by endowment, and 20th in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 National Universities Rankings. Emory University has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of R1: "highest research activity" and is cited for high scientific performance and citation impact in the CWTS Leiden Ranking. The National Science Foundation ranked the university 36th among academic institutions in the United States for research and development (R&D) expenditures. Emory University research is funded primarily by federal government agencies, namely the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 1995 Emory University was elected to the Association of American Universities, an association of the 62 leading research universities in the United States & Canada.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Emory College of Arts and Sciences offers students the rare opportunity to experience the sense of community and faculty engagement of a liberal arts college – with the full resources and opportunities of an urban research university.

    Our students explore widely and dive deeply into our research enterprise with outstanding faculty. When they graduate, our students are ready to shape the world.

  • Oxford College

    You may enter Emory University through either Emory College or Oxford College.  Then when you come together with other students as juniors on the larger campus, the result is a diverse, enriched student population that would be difficult or impossible to achieve without the two distinctive programs at the freshman / sophomore levels. Oxford is located on Emory’s original campus in Oxford, Georgia and is the historic heart of the University. To determine which school is the right place to begin your Emory education, we encourage you to find the one that is a better fit.

  • Goizueta Business School

    Paving a way forward in business requires bold, fresh perspective and talented, curious minds. Fortunately, our esteemed faculty bring this -- and more -- to the classroom every day.

    As thought leaders in their field, our faculty interpret contemporary problems and conduct research that shapes the global marketplace. As thought producers in the classroom, their insights will challenge your thinking and expand your intellect. In short, our faculty impact not only what you learn, but also the direction of leading businesses worldwide. They are also engaged, available resources for members of the Goizueta community and business community alike -- an incredibly valuable combination often lacking in business schools.

    At Goizueta, you can be confident that you will grow in many ways, most notably in the insights you know and the invaluable people who help you along the way.

  • Laney Graduate School

    Emory's Graduate School was organized as a distinct division of the University in 1919, and awarded its first PhD to a student in chemistry in 1948.  In the years since, graduate education at Emory has made tremendous advances, and in 2009, we were named after Dr. James T. Laney, President of Emory from 1977 to 1994. 

    Today, the Laney Graduate School offers the PhD and Masters degrees in more than 40 programs across the humanities, the social sciences, biomedical and natural science, public health, nursing and business. Our graduate students are present in nearly every area of research at Emory, working with esteemed faculty and researchers to solve the complex problems of our time and advance the global good.  

  • Emory Law

    Emory Law is a top-ranked law school offering a practical, disciplined approach to the study of law. We are known for:

    • faculty who are experts in their respective areas of law and dynamic teachers in the classroom
    • a rigorous curriculum attuned to the needs of the legal profession
    • countless opportunities for experiential learning through externships, clinics, and simulation course
    • an environment of support and cooperation that encourages challenging the status quo.

  • School of Medicine

    Emory University School of Medicine has 2,440 full- and part-time faculty and 679 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 7,400 applications in 2014 for 138 first-year medical student positions. This racially diverse class has an even mix of men and women, and more than half of its members are nontraditional, meaning that they were out of college for at least a year before entering medical school. In 2014, the pass rate for first-time takers of step 1 of the National Board Exam (testing basic science knowledge and skills) was 98%.

    The school has 560 students and trains 1,209 residents and fellows in 98 accredited programs. The school has 88 MD/PhD students in one of 40 NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Programs. Some of these students are in a joint program with Georgia Institute of Technology, with which the medical school shares a biomedical engineering department ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school also offers a joint MD/MSCR (master’s in clinical research) degree, an MD/MPH degree with public health, and an MD/MA in bioethics with Emory’s Laney Graduate School. Dual programs with law (juris master) and business (MBA) also are available. Some 258 medical faculty also train predoctoral bioscience researchers in one or more of nine programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the graduate school.

  • Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing programs. Graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, and education. Master’s degree graduates are qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and/or clinical nurse specialists. The school’s PhD program focuses on clinical research. Its DNP program offers two specialty tracks: health systems leadership and population health.

    The school offers a dual undergraduate degree with several colleges, dual master’s degrees with public health and with Emory’s Laney Graduate School in bioethics as well as an accelerated BSN/MSN program for students with degrees in other fields who want to serve the community as advanced practice nurses. 

    In fiscal year 2016, the school received $15.1 million in research funding. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school’s graduate programs 8th overall, its nurse midwifery graduate program 15th, and its family nurse practitioner program 10th.

    The school has 104 faculty, and students can learn from adjunct faculty at more than 500 clinical sites, including an alternative winter/spring break in five countries and a multiuniversity, multidisciplinary summer program with Georgia migrant farmworkers. The school has 7,092 alumni.

  • Rollins School of Public Health

    At the Rollins School of Public Health, students learn to identify, analyze, and intervene in today's most pressing public health issues. The public health school's location in Atlanta, referred to as the "Public Health Capital of the World," is also home to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CARE; the national home office of the American Cancer Society; The Carter Center; the Arthritis Foundation; numerous state and regional health agencies; and the patient care, teaching, and health-related research programs of Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center. This setting is ideal for hands-on research, collaborations with the world's leading public health agencies, and interdisciplinary work with national and international organizations.

    Our top-ranked public health program comprises six academic departments: behavioral sciences and health education, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and global health, and hosts over two dozen interdisciplinary centers. More than 200 full-time, doctoral-level faculty members teach and conduct research in areas such as mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission, exploring relationships between nutrition and chronic disease, and investigating cancer causation and control. Other research interests include identifying the social determinants of health-risk behaviors, AIDS, developing church-based health promotion programs to foster changes in nutrition and other health-related behaviors, detecting and preventing adverse outcomes in occupational settings, and evaluating the cost of health care and the allocation of health resources.

  • Candler School of Theology

    Candler School of Theology prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. Our mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world. One of 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church, we are grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition of evangelical piety, ecumenical openness and social concern.

    Candler is part of Emory University, a premier research institution consistently ranked among the top 25 national universities by U.S. News and World Report. An intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology, Candler remains at the heart of Emory’s commitments and campus.

    Many of the greatest minds in theological education are on Candler’s faculty. They could work anywhere in the world but they choose Candler because here we make room for teaching, scholarship and serving the church—a rare opportunity in a research university. They are passionate about engaging students; challenging and reframing theological and social thought; serving parishes, denominational bodies, and communities locally and around the world; and driving positive transformation in the church and society.

    Candler seeks creative and curious students who are called to join our Christian community to discern, learn, pray, minister, and serve God and the church. Here they will experience rigorous academics, extensive fieldwork and intentional reflection—a combination offered by no other seminary.

    Our alumni live their call. Seventy percent are pastors in churches; others minister in colleges, hospitals, the military and social service organizations. They advocate for social change. They educate others. They lead Christian agencies and denominational bodies.

History of Emory University

The Methodist Episcopal Church founded Emory College in 1836 in the small Georgia town of Oxford. The founders named the town for the school's prestigious British cousin, and named the school for a bishop who dreamed of an American education that molded character as well as the mind.

The little school struggled for decades, and finally began to prosper in the late 1800s. By 1914, the Methodist Church was looking to create a university in the South, and Emory College was looking to expand.

The "Million-Dollar Letter"

Asa Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company, wrote the "million-dollar letter" to offer seed money, and he sweetened the deal by donating land in Atlanta. Emory University received a DeKalb County charter to build at its present location in 1915. The soft drink company president's brother was Emory alumnus and former president, Methodist Bishop Warren Candler, who returned to serve as its first chancellor on the new campus.

The Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company has given rise to family fortunes for the Candlers, the Woodruffs, the Goizuetas and others who have been extraordinarily generous to Emory. The philanthropy of these and other donors has enabled Emory's growth and empowered its ambition to become one of the nation's leading universities. It's unofficially considered poor school spirit to drink other soda brands on campus.

The Official Spirit of Emory

The task of safeguarding the official Spirit of Emory rests on the slender frame of a biology lab skeleton named Dooley. He first emerged as a campus presence in 1899. The endeavor to answer the enduring question, "Who is Dooley?" is ongoing.

Several secret societies have emerged over the years. DVS is the oldest, founded on the Oxford campus in 1902. New members of these groups appear to be chosen based on how likely they are to make contributions to campus life, both as students and alumni.

In a city known for growth and change, Emory carefully cultivates a creative blend of old and new on campus. And all students, professors and staff members become part of the university's uniquely wonderful heritage.


Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctorate and professional degrees. 


  • Emory University is ranked 20th among national universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and tied for 82nd among global universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016-17.
  • The university has been named both a Hidden Ivy and a "New Ivy". 
  • Business Insider named Emory among the "50 smartest colleges in America." 
  • Emory is considered to have one of the best writing programs in the United States and was ranked 1st among the list of the best colleges and universities for writers by The Huffington Post and USA Today.
  • Emory University's programs consistently rank among the most competitive in their fields by U.S. News & World Report.
  • In 2015, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Program was ranked 2nd in the United States for the ninth consecutive year. 
  • The Emory University School of Medicine was ranked the 23rd Best Medical Research School in the U.S. in 2015. Rollins School of Public Health was ranked 7th among public health schools in the U.S. in 2015.
  • The Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program was ranked 3rd among physician assistant programs in the U.S. in 2015.
  • Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was ranked 10th among Nursing Schools in the U.S. in 2015.
  • The university is ranked the 16th best college for veterans among national universities in the U.S.
  • Emory University is ranked 13th in Immunology, 22nd in Microbiology, 28th in Psychiatry, 29th in Social Sciences and Public Health, 32nd in Clinical Medicine, 37th in Neuroscience and Behavior, 45th in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 50th in Biochemistry, and 67th in Molecular Biology and Genetics in the world by U.S. News and World Report Emory University is ranked 6th among national universities in the United States in Social Psychology, 11th in Behavioral Neuroscience, 18th in Clinical Psychology, 25th in Political Science, 26th in English, 27th in History, 30th Biological Sciences, 35th in Chemistry, 35th in Sociology, 38th in Psychology, 38th in Statistics, 64th in Economics, 65th in Mathematics, 85th in Physics by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • The Emory University School of Law is ranked 19th among Law Schools in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • The Princeton Review named the Emory University School of Law as one of the best 169 law schools in the U.S. in 2014.
  • Emory University's Goizueta Business School is ranked 20th among Business Schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Goizueta Business School's BBA Program 9th in the nation in 2014. 
  • The Economist ranked Goizueta Business School's MBA program 13th in the nation in 2014.
  • In 2012, following an internal investigation led by Emory Provost Earl Lewis and Jones Day Law Firm, Emory University announced that members of Emory University's Office of Admission and Institutional Research intentionally misreported data concerning entering students' standardized test scores and class rankings between 2000-2012 to standard reference sources and third parties who rank colleges and universities. For example, while the office reported that 89% of its students graduated in the top 10% of their class, only 75% actually had. Following the investigation, the individuals responsible for the misreportings were fired or resigned and the university issued a public apology. The university made several corrective actions in 2012 and 2013, including the hiring of independent data advisers, to ensure accurate data collection and reporting in the future.

Student life @Emory University

Student body

Emory University's total enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year is 14,724 students, with 7,803 undergraduates and 6,921 graduate and professional students. Students come from all 50 states and more than 65 countries. The student to faculty ratio is 7:1, with an average class size of 25 students. Of the 1,389 students in the Class of 2018, 46% are Caucasian, 31% are Asian, 10% are Black/African American, 9% are Latino/Hispanic, and 3% did not identity; 56% are female and 44% are male.Emory University has awarded 4,568 degrees during the 2014-2015 year. Of those awards 2,366 were undergraduate and 2,202 were graduate. Emory University's average GPA for incoming freshman is a 3.70-3.97.


Students may engage in the performing and fine arts as an area of academic study or as extracurricular activities. Undergraduates may pursue a major in the performing arts (dance, theater, or music) or in film studies, art history, visual arts, or creative writing. Graduate programs in art history, film studies, and music are offered. There are more than 50 student organizations dedicated to the arts. Students can explore artistic interests as diverse as architecture, breakdancing, poetry, and improvisational comedy. Emory routinely hosts arts events in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts that are open to the Emory and Atlanta communities. Recent performances include Bang on a Can All-Stars (a side project of drummer Glenn Kotche from the rock band Wilco), jazz performer Esperanza Spalding, and New York’s Cedar Lake Dance Company. A program called Creativity Conversations brings artistic minds to campus to discuss art and the creative process. Guests have included Philip Glass, Jimmy Carter, Salman Rushdie, Seamus Heaney and Rita Dove.[144][145][146] Rita Dove also gave the keynote address at Emory's 2013 Commencement.


Emory ranks among top schools in both the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best national universities and the Directors Cup of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for best all-around athletics program. Emory's 18 varsity sports teams, known as the Eagles, are members of the NCAA’s Division III University Athletic Association (UAA). However, Emory does not have an intercollegiate football team.

Barkley Forum

The Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education is an intercollegiate debate organization at Emory University. The center is named in honor of Emory alumnus, Alben Barkley, 35th Vice President of the United States, and is directed by Melissa Wade. Debating was established at the university in 1837 and the intercollegiate debate team was formed by Nolan A. Goodyear in 1914. Emory's Barkley Forum debate team has won 3 National Debate Tournaments and over 25 individual champion speaker awards.

Community service

The university received the 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service, which is the highest federal recognition given to higher education institutions for their commitment to community service, service-learning and civic engagement. About 25% of Emory students participate in Volunteer Emory, Emory's umbrella community service group. As one of the most popular groups on campus, Volunteer Emory offers dozens of ways to serve the community, working with varied organizations including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta, PAWS Atlanta, and Jones Boys and Girls Club. Emory Cares International Service Day brings together students, alumni and other community members to volunteer at a number of projects organized by Emory and its many partners around the city of Atlanta and in cities worldwide.


The Emory Wheel is the student-run newspaper of Emory University. The Wheel is published twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, during the regular school year, and is updated regularly at its website. Serving the Emory community since 1919, the Wheel is editorially and financially independent from the University. The staff is composed entirely of students, with the exception of the general manager, who oversees advertising and whose salary is paid by the newspaper. 

Programs abroad

Through the Centers of International Programs Abroad, Emory University students can study in over 40 countries at the top academic institutions in the world including the National University of Singapore, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Nanjing University, Oxford University, Imperial College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Yonsei University, Trinity College Dublin, University of St. Andrews, University of Melbourne, University of Amsterdam, University of Cape Town, and Tel Aviv University.

Residential life

Fraternities have existed on Emory's campus as early as 1840. One early chronicler makes the case that Emory's "temple" of the Mystic Seven may have been the first chapter of a national fraternity established anywhere in the South. Today, the Greek-letter sororities and fraternities play an important part in leavening Emory's campus life. For undergraduates, Greek life comprises approximately 30% of the Emory student population. The Office of Greek Life recognizes and regulates on-campus chapters of fraternities and sororities. Fraternities have on-campus housing located on Eagle Row, and Sorority Village, a series of townhouses, faces the fraternity houses. Greek Life is an important social engagement for students, but it is not totally exclusive—students from different sororities and fraternities regularly socialize, and the college's emphasis on on-campus housing helps students make friends inside and outside the Greek system.The intramural sports program provides an athletic outlet for the entire Emory community. Emory has numerous club sports and a variety of recreational and competitive intramural teams. The Outdoor Emory Organization sponsors weekend trips of outdoor activities such as rafting, rock climbing and hiking.

Student organizations

Hundreds of student clubs and organizations operate on Emory's campus. These include numerous student government, special interest, and service organizations.The Student Government Association (SGA) charters and provides most of the funding for other student groups, and represents students' interests when dealing with the administration.The SGA oversees divisional councils, each coinciding with the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools of the university. Notable among these are the College Council (CC) which handles students concerns primarily for the undergraduate body of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and annually sponsors the State of Race event, and the BBA Council which does similar activities for the Goizueta Business School BBA Program. The Student Programming Council (SPC) is the school's primary programming organization, responsible for planning five events every year: Homecoming Week, Fall Band Party, Spring Band Party, Swoopstock and Dooley's Week. Emory also has several secret societies—the Paladin Society, the D.V.S. Senior Honor Society, Ducemus, Speculum, and The Order of Ammon. Emory has a partnership with Coca-Cola in which they pledged 3 million dollars over a 5-year period for "Service for Learning" which projects that Emory student volunteers participate to help preserve nature trails, create urban farms, as well as restore neighborhood parks. Emory University also has many Black student organizations, including: the Black Student Alliance, the National Association for the Advacement of Colored People (NAACP), and Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir (VOIS).

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