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Emory University

Emory University
The seal of Emory University
Motto Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam (Latin)
Motto in English The wise heart seeks knowledge
Established 1836
Type Private university
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church[1][2]
Endowment $6.7 billion[3]
President James W. Wagner
Students 14,513[4]
Undergraduates 7,656[5]
Postgraduates 6,677
Location USA
Campus Suburban
631 acres (2.6 km²)
Colors Blue and Gold         
Athletics NCAA Division IIIUAA
Nickname Eagles

Emory University is a Methodists and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. In 1915 the college moved to metropolitan Atlanta and was rechartered as Emory University.There are 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.[7]

Emory is 16th among the list of colleges and universities in the United States by endowment, 14th in the nation for best values among 100 top private universities in Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 6th for most amazing college campus in 2014 by The Best Colleges, 26th in Washington Monthly's 2013 National University Rankings, and is ranked the 21st best college among national universities in United States according to U.S. News & World Report 's 2015 rankings.[8] According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, "Emory University is one of the top universities in the world" and currently ranks 80th among global universities. It has been designated by Newsweek as one of America's 25 New Elite 'Ivies.' In 1995 the university was elected to the Association of American Universities, an association of the 62 leading research universities in the United States & Canada.

The university has nearly 3,000 faculty members; awards and honors recognizing Emory faculty include the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.[9] Emory University alumni include a Vice President of the United States, a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a Prime Minister of South Korea, congressmen in both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, Ambassadors of the United States, governors, chief executive officers in Fortune 500 corporations, a director of the The Rockefeller Institute, an Executive Vice President of the National Geographic Society, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and presidents or professors in all private Ivy League research universities,

The University's proximity and relationship with the Georgia Research Alliance.


  • History 1
    • Second World War 1.1
    • Expansion and modernization 1.2
    • Ties with Asia 1.3
  • Academics 2
    • Demographics 2.1
    • Admissions 2.2
    • Colleges and schools 2.3
    • Reputation and rankings 2.4
    • Community education 2.5
  • Student life 3
    • Residential life 3.1
    • Dooley 3.2
    • Community service 3.3
    • Student organizations 3.4
    • Arts 3.5
  • Athletics 4
  • Campus 5
    • Surrounding area 5.1
    • Sustainability 5.2
    • Buildings 5.3
  • Notable alumni and faculty 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church near the main entrance of Emory University

In 1836, a small group of Methodists from Oxford after the school's prestigious British namesake,[10] which graduated the two founders of Methodism, John and Charles Wesley.[11] The college was named after John Emory, an American Methodist bishop who inspired them.[10]

Events preceding the chartering of Emory College began in 1783, when the Georgia State Legislature provided for the founding of "a college or seminary of learning." However, general support of education in Georgia was meager until the 1830s, when an educational fad in Germany inspired Georgia Methodists to create a school for manual labor.[11] At the Georgia Methodist Conference in 1834, a preacher known as "Uncle Allen" Turner suggested that Georgia Methodists should develop their own school rather than support Randolph-Macon in Virginia.[12] As a result, the Manual Labor School was created in Covington, Georgia in 1835.

On December 10, 1836, the John Emory, a popular bishop who had presided at the 1834 conference but had died in a carriage accident in 1835.[11] Two years after the chartering, the college opened its doors, and on September 17, 1838, the college's first president, Ignatius Alphonso Few, and three faculty members welcomed fifteen freshmen and sophomores.[12]

Emory College imposed a strict environment during most of the 19th century. By signing their names into the Matriculation Book, students were bound to obey the "Laws and Statutes of the College," which bound students to their rooms during study hours, and forbade them from leaving the town limits without the president's consent and engaging in immoral activities.[11] Until the presidency of Warren Candler in the 1890s, Emory prohibited intercollegiate sports. He thought the practice "evil, only evil, and that continually," his principal objection being the cost of intercollegiate athletic programs, the temptation of gambling, and the distraction from academics.[11] However, he was not unalterably opposed to athletics, and during his presidency he raised funds for the first gymnasium at Emory and oversaw the creation of the nation's first model intramural program.

Candler Library
Class of 1908

Emory College was closed briefly during the Civil War. In the autumn of 1861, every student left to fight, and the college's trustees closed for the duration. During the war, the college's buildings saw duty both as a Confederate hospital and Union headquarters.[11] When Emory reopened in January 1866, the school's library was destroyed and its small endowment was depleted.[12] Only with the aid of a state grant could students afford to resume their education.

In the years following the Civil War, Emory, along with the rest of the South, struggled to overcome financial devastation.[10] The first step toward financial stability came in 1880, when Emory President

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

External links

  • "Emory University", in New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 1, 2006.
  • "Emory University", in Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, ed. C. R. Wilson and William Ferris (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989).
  • English, Thomas H. Emory University 1915–1965: A Semicentennial History. Atlanta: Emory University, 1966.
  • Gleason, Jan. "Emory ranked 9th-best national university by U.S. News & World Report magazine" in Emory Report 50, no. 1 (1997).
  • Hauk, Gary S. A Legacy of Heart and Mind: Emory since 1836 (Atlanta: Emory University, developed and produced by Bookhouse Group, Inc., 1999).
  • Young, James Harvey. "A Brief History of Emory University", in Emory College Catalog 2003–2005 (Atlanta: Emory University Office of University Publications, 2003), 9–15.

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See also

Distinguished faculty members include[113] former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, New York Times bestselling author Nathan McCall,[114] Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.[115]

Another notable alum is Christopher McCandless, who graduated with honors in the summer of 1990. He is the subject of the national bestseller Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. McCandless was found dead in Bus 142 on Stampede Trail in Alaska in 1992. His cause of death was starvation.[112]

Medical and scientific alumni include Eugene Stead (BS 1928, MD 1932), founder of the physician assistant profession, Arnall Patz (BA 1943, MD 1945), ophthalmology researcher and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who discovered that oxygen therapy causes blindness in infants, Sonny Carter (BS 1969, MD 1973), NASA astronaut, Robert Simpson (MA 1935), meteorologist and co-developer of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Among notable athletes, Bobby Jones (Law 1929), the only golfer to win a Grand Slam, founder of the Masters Golf Tournament, and often considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

In arts and entertainment, Mike Dupee (BS 1988), and Dumas Malone (BA 1910) are also alumni, the latter also being the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Multi-platinum, Grammy Awards nominated recording artist Keri Hilson attended Oxford College of Emory University. Michael Schwartz (BA 2001), a globally recognized photographer attended Emory College, Kai Ryssdal (BA 1985), host of the nationally syndicated radio program Marketplace also graduated from Emory College.

Emory alumni include:[111] Southern Methodist University, respectively, Andrew D. Holt (BA 1927), 16th President of the University of Tennessee, Arthur Hollis Edens (BA 1928, MA 1938), 3rd President of Duke University and Howard Lamar (BA 1945), 21st president of Yale University. Business alum include former longtime president of the Coca Cola Company, Robert Woodruff, John Chidsey (MBA, JD), Chairman and CEO of Burger King, C. Robert Henrikson (JD 1972), Chairman and CEO of MetLife, Michael Hatfield (BBA 2001) is a partner with Catapult Energy Services Group, Kenneth Cole (BA 1976), clothing designer and founder of Kenneth Cole Productions, Raymond W. McDaniel Jr. (JD), Chairman and CEO of Moody's Corporation.

Notable alumni and faculty

[109] Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia’s first and only cancer center designated by the

Winship Cancer Institute

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts hosts professional and student-run performances throughout the year.[108] In addition to various practice facilities and smaller performance spaces, The Schwartz Center now includes Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall, which has 825 seats and a large pipe organ.

Emory University School of Medicine
The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Emory is partnered with the Jimmy Carter to further human rights. Carter usually visits Emory’s campus several times throughout the year. Most notably, he hosts Carter Town Hall, an open-forum event for all first-year students.

The Carter Center

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is one of only eight National Institutes of Health–funded national primate research centers. Between its two locations—the main center on Emory’s Druid Hills campus and a secondary location in Lawrenceville, Ga.—the Center has nearly 3,400 nonhuman primates and 13,000 rodents. Since 1930, the Center has been conducting research in the fields of microbiology and immunology, neurologic diseases, neuropharmacology, behavioral, cognitive and developmental neuroscience, and psychiatric disorders. Current research includes developing vaccines for infectious and noninfectious diseases, treating drug addiction, and increase understanding of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's diseases.[106][107]

Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Lullwater Preserve features more than 100 acres (0.40 km2) of green space including woods, walking trails and a lake. The home of the University president and his family, Lullwater House is located here. The only vehicles allowed are those that have received special permission because they are visiting the president’s house.[105] The property was originally the estate of Walter T. Candler, son of Coca-Cola co-founder Asa Griggs Candler.

Candler Lake is centrally located and is one of the main features of the Lullwater Preserve.
Lullwater Preserve

Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff University Library has been ranked #13 in the nation, according to Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe,[104] as well as works by Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, W.B. Yeats, and Seamus Heaney. All students have complete access to MARBL and members of the public may also use the library. Many of these authors become subjects of exhibitions in Schatten Gallery, which is located on the third floor of Woodruff Library and houses various displays throughout the year.

Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library (MARBL)

The Carlos Museum houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the Southeast, with works from ancient Egypt, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia. The museum has been adding to its collection since 1876, when a small museum was opened on the Oxford campus.[100] Its permanent collection includes such pieces as an influential statue of Aphrodite from the 1st century BC., which was in two parts until it was fixed by a Carlos employee.[101] One of the most notable exhibitions that the Carlos Museum has had was an exhibition about Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun ("King Tut"), which was on display for the first time in 26 years.[102] Students may visit the Carlos Museum for free. Many of the curators teach courses at the University and faculty in other departments, including dance and physics, often use the museum as part of their curriculum.

Michael C. Carlos Museum


Students have the option of completing a minor in sustainability. This includes courses on the social, environmental and economic elements of sustainability, as well as a hands-on component, such as research or an internship.[99]

The Druid Hills campus has a pedestrian-only center. The Cliff shuttle system provides transportation for students, faculty and staff.[97] Alternative transportation is encouraged through initiatives such as Bike Emory and Zipcar, a company that rents cars for short-term use.[98]

Emory is committed to having three-quarters of the food served on campus come from local or sustainable sources by 2015.[95] Emory’s campus has several small educational gardens, where fresh produce is grown. These gardens are meant to increase awareness about local food and remind members of the community that they can reduce fossil fuel use by eating locally. The upkeep of the gardens is the responsibility of members of the Emory community. During the school year, a seasonal farmers market hosts local farmers and vendors.[96]

The university also has a policy to preserve more than half the campus as undeveloped green space. For every tree removed for new construction, another must be planted.[94]

The university has one of the largest inventories by square footage of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building space among campuses in the United States.[93] New buildings on Emory’s campus must comply with the guidelines set by U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Aerial View of Emory University Campus in Atlanta

The university has more than two million square feet of building space certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and has a commitment to having three-quarters of the food served on campus come from local or sustainable sources by 2015.[92] Additionally, the university has one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified building space among campuses in America.[92]


[91].Atlanta, a celebration of African American music, film, visual art, dance and literature, that takes place every summer in National Black Arts Festival. Atlanta is also home to The Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10k with a field capped at 60,000 runners, as well as the CNN Center and High Museum of Art, the The World of Coca-Cola [90] Emory's main campus is located in

Surrounding area


[85] The

Emory's 18 varsity sports teams, known as the Eagles, are members of the NCAA’s Division III University Athletic Association (UAA). Emory does not have an intercollegiate football team. Emory's lack of a football team facilitates its membership in Division III.[82]

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.[81]


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.[77][78][79] Rita Dove also gave the keynote address at Emory's 2013 Commencement.[80]

Emory has a very strong student a cappella community. There are 6 groups who perform at events on and off campus. One of the most loved events is First Fridays. On the first Friday of each month all the groups perform new material for a packed crowd.[73] In the spring, groups participate in Bare Naked Voices, a showcase of Emory's musical talent.[74] A few of the groups regularly compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In 2013 Dooley Noted's Greg Matteson and Stephanie Yates were recognized for their achievements at the Southern Quarterfinals competition. Matteson won Best Arrangement for his arrangement of Sincerely, Jane by Janelle Monae and Yates won Best Soloist for her rendition of Mercy by Duffy. The group, who placed first at Quarterfinals and third at Semifinals, plans to go back to the competition in 2015.[75] All of Emory's a cappella groups hold annual auditions at the beginning of each academic year. [76]

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.[72]

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.[70] Graduate programs in art history, film studies, and music are offered.[71]


Emory also has several secret societies—the Paladin Society, the D.V.S. Senior Honor Society, Ducemus, and The Order of Ammon.[69]


The Emory Wheel, Emory's undergraduate student newspaper, has been continually published since 1919. It is financially independent from the university, covering its costs from self-generated advertising sales.[63][64] WMRE, Emory's student operated radio station, began broadcasting in 1989. Although it was initially only available to on-campus listeners, it now enjoys a worldwide audience.[65] The Emory Spoke, Emory's nationally-renowned college humor publication, was founded in 1976.[66] The Spoke produces weekly web content in addition to a semesterly magazine.[67]

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.[61] 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.[62]

Hundreds of student clubs and organizations operate on Emory's campus. These include numerous student government, special interest, and service organizations.

Clock tower at Cox Hall

Student organizations

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.[60]

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.[59]

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.[58]

Community service

Presidents may come, and presidents may go
Professors may come, and professors may go
Students may come, and students may go
But Dooley lives on forever![57]

After every official appearance, Lord Dooley leads students in reciting his famous motto:

Each year in the spring, during "Dooley's Week," Lord Dooley roams Emory's campus, flanked by "bodyguards" dressed in black ("Dooley's guards"), and lets students out of class with unscheduled appearances in classrooms. Before he dismisses a class, however, Dooley offers the class's professor an opportunity to retain his students by correctly answering a question about his own rich history. A spokesperson amongst the bodyguards walks with him to deliver his messages, as Lord Dooley himself never speaks. He adopts the first name and middle initial of the University's current president; Dooley's current full name is Lord James W. Dooley, after James W. Wagner. Dooley's Week culminates with "Dooley's Ball," a grand celebration, in which students dress in costume, that takes place in the center of campus on McDonough Field.

Lord Dooley, the "Lord of Misrule" and the "Spirit of Emory," serves as the University's unofficial mascot.[55] Dooley is a skeleton who dresses in black. The original Lord Dooley was an actual skeleton from a biology/anatomy classroom. Throughout the years, Lord Dooley has been awarded several academic degrees by the University, including an MM, MPH, JD, BS, BA, PhD, MBA, and MDiv. He is currently conducting research in higher education and the afterlife.[56]


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.[53] Fraternities have on-campus housing located on Eagle Row, and Sorority Village, a series of townhouses, faces the fraternity houses.[54] 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.

Emory requires its students to live on campus for the first two years of undergraduate life, with defined options for freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may elect to live off-campus or continue in campus housing.[52]

Residential life

Student life

The Emory Pre-College Program offers summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. College-bound students may take two-week non-credit courses and six-week credit courses.[51]

Emory Continuing Education offers certificate programs, computer training, professional development, personal enrichment, and corporate and senior education opportunities for those in the pursuit of lifelong learning, including certification programs, computer training and professional development.[50]

Community education

According to U.S. News, on August 12, 2012, "Emory University acknowledged today that it had intentionally supplied incorrect ranking data, including average SAT scores, ACT scores, and high school class standing of incoming freshmen, to U.S. News from 2000 through 2011." "The school also misreported the same data on other surveys, including to the U.S. Department of Education and many other publishers, such as College Board and Peterson's."[48] U.S. News concluded, "Our preliminary calculations show that the misreported data would not have changed the school's ranking in the past two years and would likely have had a small to negligible effect in the several years prior. We will continue to review the matter."[48] U.S. News has ranked Emory as high as 9th in the national university rankings in the past, prior to the period where Emory had intentionally provided incorrect ranking data.[45] Forbes in 2013 removed Emory from their listings for a two year period as penalty for the school's dishonesty.[49]

[47]: Rollins School of Public Health at No. 6 (2012); the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at No. 21 (2012); the Goizueta Business School's full-time MBA at No. 20 (2015); the School of Law at No. 19 (2015); the School of Medicine at No. 24 for research and No. 48 for primary care (2015); the U.S. News & World Report Many of the graduate schools of Emory University are ranked highly by

Emory received "best value" rankings from Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2013-2014) and The Princeton Review (2014).[47] Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Emory's Goizueta Business School BBA at No. 9 (2014).[47]

The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings place Emory 80th in the world.[46]

[45] The same publication has ranked Emory as high as 9th in the past.[8]

University rankings
ARWU[39] 53-67
U.S. News & World Report[40] 21
Washington Monthly[41] 26
ARWU[42] 101-150
QS[43] 156
Times[44] 80

Reputation and rankings

In Fall 2012, 483 students were enrolled at the School of Theology.[29]

The Candler School of Theology, a United Methodist Church seminary, offers four degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Students may also pursue one of several joint degrees.[38]

Candler School of Theology (1914)

In Fall 2012, 1,018 students were enrolled at the school.[29]

Students in the Rollins School of Public Health may earn a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Public Health, the PhD and numerous dual-degree programs.[37]

Rollins School of Public Health (1990)

In Fall 2012, 264 undergraduates and 190 graduate students were enrolled in the School of Nursing.[29]

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers the BSN, a range of MSN degrees and a PhD program. One of these is an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science of Nursing program.[36] Rising undergraduate juniors may apply for admission to the nursing school.

Historic Lantern on the Emory University Gates
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (1905)

The School of Medicine received more than 7,400 applications in 2014 for 144 first-year medical student positions.[35]

The Emory University School of Medicine curriculum was developed for the James B. Williams Medical Education Building that opened in 2007. In addition to the MD degree, the school offers several joint degree and allied health programs.[34]

School of Medicine (1854)

In Fall 2012, 889 students were enrolled in the School of Law.[29] Of the 3,876 applicants for the Class of 2016, 231 enrolled. The median GPA was 3.75 and the median LSAT score was a 165.[33]

Students in the Emory University School of Law may earn a Doctor of Law degree (JD), a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) or one of several dual degrees.[32]

School of Law (1916)

As of December 2012, 2,003 students were enrolled, 85.87% of which were pursuing a PhD; for the fall 2012 entering class, 13.28% of the 4,460 applicants to a Graduate School PhD program were accepted.[30]

The Laney Graduate School, named in 2009 after former University President James T. Laney,[30] is home to advanced degree programs in more than four dozen specialties, a number of these offered in partnership with the university's other schools.[31]

Matheson Reading Room
Laney Graduate School (1919)

Rising undergraduate juniors may apply for admission to Goizueta's BBA program.[28] In Fall 2012, 717 undergraduate students and 795 graduate students were enrolled at Goizueta. The MBA Class of 2012 graduated with an average base salary of $103,453. Ninety-eight percent of the graduating class had offers and ninety-six percent of the graduates accepted the job offers at three months post graduation. For the BBA program, the average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $60,112. 91% of those seeking employment had received at least 1 job offer 3 months out from graduation. In addition, 6% were enrolling in graduate or professional programs.[29]

Emory's Business School, named Goizueta Business School in the 1990s, offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration program,[25] several Master of Business Administration programs,[26] and the option of pursuing a PhD.[27]

Goizueta Business School (1919)

For the Oxford class of 2016 (which will go on to receive Emory undergraduate degrees in 2018), 38 percent of the 7,425 applicants were accepted. The average total SAT score for the admitted first-year class was 1910-2170.[24]

Prospective undergraduates may apply to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences or to Emory's Oxford College, which is located about 40 miles (64 km) from the university's main campus and is the site of Emory’s founding. Oxford, with about 900 students, offers the opportunity to experience a smaller campus community. Typically, students graduate from Oxford after four semesters and continue to the Druid Hills campus, where they may become juniors in Emory College or apply for admission to the Goizueta School of Business or the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.[23]

Oxford College (1836 / 1919)

For the undergraduate class of 2018, Emory received 17,822 applications, with a 26.8 percent acceptance rate. The average total SAT score for the admitted first-year class was 2010-2250.[22]

[21] The five-year dual-degree program in engineering, offered in collaboration with the

Emory students have been recognized with academic honors such as the Fulbright, Marshall, Mellon, National Science Foundation, Rhodes, Rockefeller and Rotary programs.[19] The campus houses a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic honor society.[20]

Emory College of Arts and Sciences, established in 1836, offers some five dozen majors.[16] Undergraduates must complete general education requirements that are designed to expose all students to a variety of topics, including physical and social sciences, the humanities, and foreign languages.[17] About two in five students study abroad.[18]

Emory College of Arts and Sciences (1836)

Colleges and schools

Admissions to Emory is highly selective. In 2014, Emory College received over 17,822 applications and accepted 26.8% of them. The average incoming GPA (unweighted) for most entering freshmen was between 3.69 and 3.98 [14] and approximately 87% of incoming freshmen ranked in the top tenth of their graduating classes.[15]


Emory is home to 7,836 undergraduates and 6,677 graduate and professional students (Fall 2013).[4]


Michael C. Carlos Hall
Main Quad on Emory's Druid Hills Campus


The Emory-Tibet Partnership was established in 1998. In October, 2007, the 14th Dalai Lama visited Emory and was installed as a Presidential Distinguished Professor.

The Confucius Institute a non-profit public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, operates in co-operation with the university at the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Emory University shares a relationship with the Republic of Korea. Young John Allen, Emory University graduate and American Methodist Missionary in the late Qing Dynasty China, played an instrumental role in influencing individuals and missions that ultimately established Christianity in Korea. His pupil, Yun Chi-ho, who also graduated from Emory, was an important political activist and author of Aegukga, the national anthem of the Republic of Korea. On March 30, 1983, future president of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung, presented a speech on human rights and democracy at Emory University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the institution. James T. Laney, Emory University's 17th president, was selected by President Bill Clinton as United States Ambassador to Korea from 1993 to 1997. Graduates Lee Hong-koo and Han Wan-San became important activist and political figures in their country. Emory University currently has exchange programs and an on-going historical partnership with Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea.

Ties with Asia

The course of Emory's history changed dramatically when, in November 1979, Coca-Cola stock. At the time this was the largest single gift to any institution of higher education in American history, and it made a profound impact on Emory's direction in the next two decades, boosting the university to the top ranks of American research universities.[11]

Expansion and modernization

Emory University alumni would go on to serve in the Korean War, Second Indochina War (Viet Nam War), Persian Gulf War, Yugoslav Wars, and the Global War on Terrorism.

The Forty-Third General Hospital was mobilized and served in the North African Campaign and Europe. To recognize Emory’s participation in the war effort, a ship was christened M.S. Emory Victory and served through World War II and in the Korean War.

Robert W. Woodruff, Emory University benefactor, in 1944. During the Second World War, Woodruff ordered that 'every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca‑Cola'. By the 1950s, Woodruff had transformed Coca-Cola into the world's most recognizable brand.

Many Emory University alumni, faculty, and students served in the European War and the Asia-Pacific War, including Bobby Jones (golfer), who participated in the Battle of Normandy. Emory helped the nation prepare for war by establishing a branch of the Navy’s College Training Program, more commonly called the V-12. Dormitories housed premedical Army and Navy students. And at the time, University enrollment boasted two military students for every one civilian.

Second World War

[11] Under President

Over the years, Seney invested more than a quarter-million dollars into Emory College, helping to erect the administration building in Oxford that bears his name. [12]

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