College Spotlight: Emory University
Emory University, founded in 1836, is a private institution located in the suburb of Druid Hill, near the downtown area of Atlanta, Georgia. Emory is divided into nine colleges and schools with four of them servicing both undergraduates and graduate students. Emory University has been recognized for its demanding academics, highly ranked graduate and professional schools, state-of-the-art research, and a competitive undergraduate education in the arts and sciences. Undergraduates at Emory can choose from more than seventy majors, more than fifty minors, and numerous interdisciplinary studies. Boasting of a diverse community, students from all 50 states and from over 100 countries and territories are represented on campus. National honors and awards, such as Fullbright Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Luce Scholar, National Science Foundation Fellowship, and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship have recognized Emory students.
Upon enrollment at Emory University, students choose from four options for their undergraduate programming:
- Freshmen can apply for a liberal arts education at Emory College
- Students can apply to Oxford College, where they spend their first two years at Emory’s original campus about 40 miles east of Atlanta, then transfer to the Atlanta campus their junior year
- During their junior year, both Oxford and Emory students can apply for admission into the renowned Goizueta Business School to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration
- Students can apply to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, one of the country’s top private nursing programs
Emory’s graduate programs are also highly ranked and well regarded. These include the School of Medicine, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Goizueta Business School, the School of Law, and the Rollins School of Public Health.
- Emory University is located in the suburb of Druid Hill, near downtown Atlanta, Georgia,
- Private, coed
- City setting
- Religious affiliation: Methodist
- Semester-based academic calendar
- Total enrollment: 13,788
- Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,867, total graduate enrollment: 6,921
- Endowment of $6,787,163,000
- 8:1 Student-faculty ratio
- The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95%
- Tuition and fees: $47,954 (one school year)
- Room and board: $13,486 (one school year)
- 43% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid
- $39,440 is the average need-based grant award or scholarship issued
- Average total indebtedness of 2015 graduating class: $26,983
- First- and second-year students are required to live on campus with the majority of students choosing to continue living on campus for all four years
- 64% of students live in residence housing that is affiliated, owned, or operated by the university
- 36% of students live off campus
- Types of campus housing that are available to students include: coed dorm rooms, fraternity and sorority housing, themed housing, and apartments for unmarried students
- Emory University competes in NCAA Division III
- Recently won championships in both Tennis and Swimming & Diving
- An annual tradition, known as “Dooley’s Week,” is named after Dooley, a skeleton and a mischievous “Lord of Misrule,” who are imbued in Emory legend.
- U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and activist Desmond Tutu, and CNN chief health correspondent and physician Sanjay Gupta, have all taught at Emory University.
- Deadline: January 1
- Early Decision Deadline: November 1
- SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
- Common Application accepted
- $75 application fee
- Acceptance rate fall 2015: 24%
- Early decision acceptance rate: 30%
As a smaller college with an 8:1 student to faculty ratio and 60.6% of classes consisting of fewer than 20 students, Emory University offers its students opportunities to work closely with faculty and staff. The most popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Biology/Biological Sciences, and Economics.
When asked to describe their overall opinion of the school, one student described, “Emory University is a great atmosphere to expand your horizons. Being in the heart of Atlanta, yet at the same time separate from all the hustle and bustle of city life, gives students the opportunity to focus and study while also having the chance to go out and have fun.”
Similarly, a student at Emory University’s Oxford College is most proud to tell her friends, “I loved the intimate community. Professors were very helpful and had the ability to provide personal assistance because of the small class sizes. The liberal arts curriculum exposed me to a variety of fields. This has been of benefit now that I have decided to change careers. Some of the core classes that I would have otherwise not taken were required for graduate school. Also, Oxford has awesome service-learning and leadership opportunities for undergraduates.”
For students who are interested in attending a smaller campus in which they work closely with professors and staff, and for students who are interested in living in the heart of a large city, Emory University offers these qualities to its student community.