Emory University


Where Is Emory University? Emory University Online.

Emory University’s original campus sits in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. A second campus in the heart of Atlanta serves as the main headquarters for Emory University. The University is a private, not-for-profit research institution with a population of 41,067 students.  Some of these students attend Emory University Online. 

For undergraduate students, Emory University offers two paths: one through Emory College of Arts and Sciences and another through Oxford College. Emory College offers a four-year path to an undergraduate degree, while Oxford College offers courses to freshman and sophomores. Students attending Oxford College can merge with students at Emory College during their junior and senior years to earn a four-year degree from Emory College or Emory University’s Goizueta Business School or Woodruff School of Nursing. 

Emory University offers bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees and pastbaccalaureate and post-masters certificates as well as continuing education online with Emory University Online courses. 

Emory University History and Unique Features

Founded in 1836 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory, a once-tiny school, began to expand when the founder of The Coca-Cola company, Asa Candler, wrote a “million dollar letter” to offer the school seed money. He also donated land in Atlanta to help Emory expand its scope and reach. Over the years, families connected to the Coca-Cola Company acted as philanthropists, helping Emory grow and thrive. Today, in honor of the school’s roots, it is considered poor school spirit to drink sodas other than Coke on campus.i

Emory University is particularly proud of its research standing. Its Carnegie Classification at the doctorate level is “Highest Research Activity,” meaning the school is recognized for pouring resources into its research and producing a significant amount of state-of-the-art research. The school is also known for its demanding academics, highly ranked professional schools, and high quality arts and sciences education.ii

Emory University Online Acceptance Rate, Enrollment, and Graduation Rates  

In the 2016-2017 school year, 19,924 prospective undergraduate students applied to Emory University. Twenty-five percent of those students were admitted, and 27 percent of admitted students enrolled in classes.iii U.S. News gives Emory University an acceptance rate of 25 percent, or “Most Selective.”ii

In fall 2016, Emory University had a total of 14,067 students. 6,861 were undergraduate students and 7,206 were graduate students. Of the undergraduate students, 98 percent attended classes full time and just two percent attended part time. The majority of students, 97 percent, were aged 24 and younger. Of Emory’s 7,206 graduate students, 80 percent attended classes full-time and 20 percent attended part time.iii

Of the first-time undergraduate students who began their studies in fall 2015, 94 percent returned the following year. Undergraduate students who started earning their degrees in fall 2010 had a 91 percent overall graduation rate.iii

Emory University Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2016-2017 school year, first year full time undergraduate students paid $47,954 per year for tuition. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,224 per year. Between the 2015 and 2016 schools years, tuition rose by 3.5 percent.iii

Of all undergraduate students, 53 percent, or 3,664 students, received grants and scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. Of those grants and scholarships, 20 percent came from federal Pell grants. That same year, 31 percent of all undergraduate students, or 2,150, received federal student loans. Student financial aid awarded in 2016-2017 also included work study and other programs.iii 

Emory University Rankings

U.S. News ranks Emory University #21 (tie) in National Universities, #17 in Best Value Schools, #30 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings, and #15 (tie) in Business Programs.iv In Emory’s graduate school, numerous programs ranked relatively high in the nation. Here are some of the graduate school’s programs’ highest rankings:v

  • #3 Physician Assistant
  • #4 Best Nursing School: Masters
  • #5 Physical Therapy
  • #7 Public Health
  • #8 Nurse Practitioner: Family
  • #11 Clinical Psychology
  • #15 Nursing-Midwifery
  • #20 in Best Business Schools
  • #22 in Best Law Schools
  • #23 in Best Medical Schools: Research

Emory University Majors

Emory University offers bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and post-masters certificates. During the 2015-2016 school year, the school awarded 1,933 bachelors degrees, 1,518 masters degrees, and 737 doctorate degrees.iii

For undergraduate students graduating that year, degrees in areas of business, biology, social science, health, and psychology were most popular. Some common majors in those areas included:iii

  • Business administration and management
  • Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Economics
  • Registered Nursing
  • General psychology

For students earning masters degrees, areas of biology, business, health, legal studies, and theology were amongst the most popular subjects to study. Within those areas, students most commonly earned degrees in:iii

  • Epidemiology
  • General business
  • Business administration and management
  • International public health
  • Public health education
  • Advanced legal research
  • Divinity/ministry

Doctorate students common graduated with a degree in the biomedical sciences, medicine, physical therapy, law, and religion.iii

Emory University and Oxford College Application Process

Applicants to Emory University’s undergraduate programs (either at Emory or Oxford College) apply online through a Common Application or a Coalition Application. To complete an admissions file, students must also submit the following items:

  • A $75 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts if applicable
  • Official scores from the SAT and/or the ACT
  • A secondary school report or recommendation from a counselor
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers
  • A midyear report

Home-schooled, transfer, and international students may have to meet additional requirements.

Applicants to the Laney Graduate School at Emory University must meet distinct criteria depending on the department and program to which they apply. However, there are some common requirements amongst the school’s 40 plus programs. To apply, each prospective graduate student must submit:

  • A resume or CV
  • A statement of purpose
  • One or more scanned transcripts
  • A writing sample if appropriate
  • Test scores (for the GRE or GMAT, for example), or, in some cases, proof that he or she has registered to take the appropriate test
  • Letters of recommendation and contact information for recommenders
  • An application payment of $75

In addition, applicants must check with the program to which they intend to apply for additional requirements.

Emory University GPA and Other Admissions Criteria  

Following is the Admission Profile for undergraduates admitted into Emory College in fall 2016:vi

  • 19,924 prospective students applied; 5,014 were accepted
  • For the admitted first-year class:
    • Average GPA: 3.71-3.97 (unweighted)
    • SAT critical reading: 660-750
    • SAT math: 670-770
    • SAT writing: 670-770
    • SAT total: 2030-2270
    • ACT: 31-34

And this is the Admission Profile for undergraduates admitted into Oxford College in fall 2016:vii

  • 8,644 prospective students applied; 3,280 were accepted
  • For the admitted first-year class:
    • Average GPA: 3.57-3.92 (unweighted)
    • SAT critical reading: 630-730
    • SAT math: 640-760
    • SAT writing: 640-740
    • SAT total: 1940-2210
    • ACT: 29-33 

Emory University Faculty

As of fall 2016, Emory University had 3,964 full-time faculty members and 720 part time faculty members. 2,237 of the fulltime faculty focused on instruction and 1,727 focused on research and public service. Of the part time faculty, 185 focused on research and public service. The school did not utilize graduate assistants that year.iii

Emory’s scholars and experts generate more than $574 million in research funding annually while maintaining an emphasis on teaching and education.

The faculty to student ratio at Emory University is nine to one, and 61.1 percent of the school’s classes have fewer than 20 students.iii

Emory University Accreditation

Emory University has had regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1917. In addition, it has program-specific accreditation in numerous disciplines, particularly health, law, and theology.iii

i emory.edu/home/about/history/index.html | ii usnews.com/best-colleges/emory-university-1564 | iii https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=139658 | iv usnews.com/best-colleges/emory-university-1564 | v usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/emory-university-139658/overall-rankings | vi apply.emory.edu/discover/fastfacts.php | vii apply.emory.edu/discover/fastfacts.php

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