Emory University

Emory University is located in Atlanta, GA on a beautiful suburban campus a few miles from downtown Atlanta.  There are about 7400 undergraduate and 6400 graduate students.  Emory is known for cutting edge research, a strong commitment to sustainability, top-notch academics, community service, service learning and civic engagement.

Emory is a research university that has the benefits of a liberal arts college. All undergraduate students enter into Emory College, which is the liberal arts school. Many students remain in the college for all four years of college working towards a degree in any of the offered majors, of which there are many. Students also have the option of leaving the College after two years and applying to either the business or nursing school for their remaining two years.  Because the business school does not offer a minor, it can be difficult for business students to take full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum.  Many students choose to join a pre-professional program to prepare them for their chosen career. The nine programs are in Nursing, Pre-med, Pre-Law, Theology, Business Administration, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Physician Associate, and Veterinary Medicine. There is a pre-professional emphasis at Emory, and some students report that there is a definite focus on future careers over pure academic learning. Students are bright, but on the whole don’t embrace an intellectual reputation as a student body. Students are said to be driven-to-succeed. They take their future careers seriously. Sixty-eight percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Only 7 % have more than 50 students.  It is not unusual to have graduate students, as TAs, teaching the larger classes.

Emory encourages freshmen to dive right into research with a professor who serves as a research mentor.  There are also many summer research opportunities. 

Thirty percent of students are in fraternities and sororities.  Fraternities hold on campus parties, but the university has dramatically curbed the on campus partying in recent years.  The school spirit that exists at Emory revolves around Greek life; however, Greek life is in no way over-bearing. Students often go off campus to local restaurants and bars. Emory participates in D3 sports.  There are also a lot of club sports at Emory.  There is no football team and so Emory is not the place for students looking for tailgates and a huge sports program.

Emory draws students from all over the country. Eighteen percent of the undergraduate population is international.  Forty-three percent of students are white; 34% are Asian, 8% are black, 8% are Hispanic, 3% are multi-racial, and less than 1% are Native American.  Eighty-three percent of students are not from Georgia, and 68% are not from the South East US. Even though Emory is in the heart of the South, the campus does not retain a lot of Southern feel.  Atlanta is an active and big city— the crime is high in certain areas.  Beware the Buckhead metro stop.

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus.  Freshmen are all housed together. Most upper classmen move off campus.  There are themed learning-living communities, to which students can apply if interested.  There is a big push at Emory to build newer and greener freshmen dorms.  The upper-class dorms are said to be lacking.

Don’t neglect checking out Oxford College, one of Emory’s 9 academic divisions. Oxford offers a wonderful 2-year program for just over 900 freshmen and sophomores. It is located on a separate campus about forty-five minutes from the main campus of Emory. Students apply to Oxford in addition to, or instead of, applying to Emory proper. Oxford offers a distinctive, small-campus setting which is particularly conducive to personal development and significant academic accomplishments and in the first two formative years of college. Students who complete the first two years of the Emory bachelor’s degree in Oxford’s liberal arts intensive program are automatically enrolled as juniors in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, or they may compete with others to enter Emory’s nursing and business schools.  Oxford offers an especially strong focus in undergraduate teaching, leadership and teamwork, strong community and an innovative liberal arts curriculum. Its diversity numbers are a little different with 26% Asian students, 14% African American students, and 6% Hispanic students. Forty-six percent of students are from the Southeast as opposed to the 32% on the main campus.


Admission to Emory is highly selective with 26% of applicants being accepted. The mid-range statistics for admitted students are as follows:

Admitted students for class of 2016:

GPA is             3.76-4.0 UW

SAT r               650-740

SAT m             670-770

SAT w              670-760


ACT                  30-33


Freshman retention rate: 94%

4 year graduation rate:  82.5%

Cost of Attendance for the 2016 year is $58,180.

Emory meets full demonstrated need of students.

4% of non-need students get an average of $18,000.

13% of students with need are also getting a merit award.

Very very roughly 5% of students get merit awards. Maybe…



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