Emory University

Emory University
Seal of Emory University
Motto Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam (Latin)
Motto in English
The wise heart seeks knowledge
Established 1836 [1]
Type Private
Affiliation United Methodist Church[2][3]
Endowment $6.7 billion[4]
President James W. Wagner [5]
Academic staff
Students 14,513[7]
Undergraduates 7,656[6]
Postgraduates 6,677[6]

Druid Hills, Georgia, U.S.
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Campus Suburban
631 acres (2.6 km²)
Newspaper The Emory Wheel[8]
Colors Blue      [9]
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Emory University is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. [17] 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.[18] In 1915, the college relocated to metropolitan Atlanta and was rechartered as Emory University [19]

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.[20] Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology jointly administer the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Program with Peking University in Beijing, China.[21][22] Emory University students come from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 foreign countries.[23]

Emory Healthcare is the largest healthcare system in the state of Georgia [24] and is composed of seven major hospitals, including the nationally renowned Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.[25] The university also operates the Winship Cancer Institute and Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society are national affiliate institutions located adjacent to campus.[26]

Emory University is 16th among the list of colleges and universities in the United States by endowment,[27] 19th among universities in the world by endowment,[28] and 21st in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 National Universities Rankings.[29] Emory University has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of RU/VH: "very high research activity". The university is 5th among universities in the United States with licensing revenue per dollars spent on research [30] and the 4th largest contributor in the nation to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines among public-sector research institutions.[31] 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.[11]


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Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory University
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Asa Griggs Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company, provided a land grant for Emory College to relocate to metropolitan Atlanta and be rechartered as Emory University.[32] Based on large donations from the Candler, Woodruff, Goizueta, and Rollins families, Emory University is colloquially referred to as "Coca-Cola University." [33]

Nineteenth century

Emory College was founded in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia by the Methodist Episcopal Church.[34] The college was named in honor of the departed Methodist bishop John Emory.[34] Ignatius Alphonso Few was the college's first president. In 1854, the Atlanta Medical College, a forerunner of Emory University School of Medicine, was founded. On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began. Emory College was closed in November 1861 and all of its students enlisted.[34] In late 1863 the war came to Georgia and the college was used as hospital and later a headquarters for the Union Army. Thirty five Emory students lost their lives and much of the campus was destroyed during the war.[35]

Emory College, as with the entire Southeastern United States, struggled to overcome financial devastation during the Reconstruction Era. In 1880, Atticus Greene Haygood, Emory College President, delivered a speech expressing gratitude for the end of slavery in the United States, which captured the attention of George I. Seney, a New York banker. Seney gave Emory College $5,000 to repay its debts, $50,000 for construction, and $75,000 to establish a new endowment. In the 1880s, the technology department was launched by Isaac Stiles Hopkins, a polymath professor at Emory College. Hopkins became the first president of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1888. Emory University's first international student, Yun Chi-ho, graduated in 1893.[36] Yun became an important political activist in Korea and is the author of Aegukga, the national anthem of the Republic of Korea.[37][38]

Twentieth century

On August 16, 1906, the Wesley Memorial Hospital and Training School for Nurses, later renamed the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was established. In 1914, the Candler School of Theology was established. In 1915, Emory College relocated to metropolitan Atlanta and was rechartered as Emory University after accepting a land grant from Asa Griggs Candler, founder of the The Coca-Cola Company. The Emory University School of Law was established in 1916. From the 1920s through the 1970s, Emory University established its reputation as a regional institution that offered a solid education in medicine, law, theology, business, and the liberal arts.

First and Second World Wars

On August 6, 1917 the United States entered the First World War. Emory University organized a medical unit, composed of medical school faculty and medical alumni, that would be known as Emory Unit, Base Hospital 43. The unit served in Loir-et-Cher, France from July 1918 to January 1919. The Emory Unit, Base Hospital 43 was remobilized during the Second World War 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.

Emory University students, alumni, and faculty served in the Asia-Pacific War and European theater of World War II, including Bobby Jones (golfer), who participated in the Battle of Normandy. Dr. Alfred A. Weinstein, a professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, was a prisoner of war of the Empire of Japan between 1942 and 1945. His memoir "Barbed Wire Surgeon" is considered one of the finest accounts concerning allied prisoners under Japanese captivity and highlights the abuses of the war criminal Mutsuhiro Watanabe.[39] Kiyoshi Tanimoto, who graduated from the Candler School of Theology in 1940 and is portrayed in John Hersey's Hiroshima (book), was able to organize the Hiroshima Maidens reconstructive surgery program based on the associations he made while studying in the United States.[40] Emory helped the nation prepare for war by participating in the V-12 Navy College Training Program and Army Specialized Training Program, programs designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy and United States Army. During the war, university enrollment boasted two military students for every one civilian. Emory University alumni would go on to serve in the Korean War, Second Indochina War (Vietnam War), Persian Gulf War, Yugoslav Wars, and the Global War on Terrorism.

Civil Rights Movements

The Movements for civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States profoundly shaped the future of Emory University. Formerly an all-male school, Emory officially became a coeducational institution in 1953. Although it had previously admitted women under limited circumstances, the university had never before had a policy through which they could enroll in large numbers and as r theesident students. Shortly after, in 1959, sororities first appeared on campus. In 1962, in the midst of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Emory embraced the initiative to end racial restrictions when it asked the courts to declare portions of the Georgia statutes unconstitutional. Previously, Georgia law denied tax-exempt status to private universities with racially integrated student bodies. The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Emory's favor and Emory officially became racially integrated. Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. was Emory University's first, full-time African American student and graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1967.[41]

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On March 30, 1983, Kim Dae-jung gave a speech on human rights and democracy at Emory University and accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the institution. Kim would go to on to serve as the 8th President of South Korea.[42]

Emory's diversity and academic reputation flourished under the leadership of the university's fifth president, James T. Laney. In addition to leading universities in the Southeastern United States in the promotion of racial equality, Laney and many of the school's faculty and administrators were outspoken advocates of global human rights and thus were openly opposed to the military dictatorship in South Korea (1961-1987). On March 30, 1983, Laney's friend Kim Dae-jung, while in political exile in the United States, presented a speech on human rights and democracy at Emory University and accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. [43] Kim would go on to play a major role in ending authoritarianism in South Korea, served as the 8th President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his successful implementation of the Sunshine Policy. Laney would later serve as United States Ambassador to South Korea and the Emory graduate school, founded in 1919, was named in his honor in 2009.[41]

In 2014, at Emory’s 169th Commencement, John Lewis, the only living "Big Six" leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, delivered the keynote address and received an honorary doctor of laws degree. In 2015, Emory University School of Law received a $1.5 million donation to help establish a John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice. The gift, given anonymously, funds a professorship which will enable Emory Law to conduct a national search for a scholar with an established academic profile of distinction and a demonstrated desire to promote the rule of law through the study of civil rights. The law school has committed to raise an additional $500,000 to fund the chair fully.[44]

Expansion and modernization

The course of Emory's history changed dramatically in November 1979 when Robert Winship Woodruff and George Waldo Woodruff presented the institution with a gift of $105 million in 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.[34]

Twenty-first century

As one of the fastest-growing research universities in the United States in the 21st century, Emory University has established a national reputation on the strength of the scholarly achievements of its faculty and students, its highly ranked professional schools, a long-term commitment to the arts and sciences, and the presence of more than seventy cutting-edge research centers that are addressing major social problems.[41] Emory has extended its ties to the community, creating close links with Atlanta's neighborhoods, clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and boardrooms To accommodate its growth, Emory has undergone a physical transformation that has increased classroom and research space. The latest additions to the campus include buildings for cancer research, biomedical research, scientific computation, mathematics and science, vaccine research, and the performing arts.[41]


Candler Library, Main Quadrangle


Emory University's total enrollment for the 2014-2015 academic year is 14,769 students, with 7,829 undergraduates and 6,940 graduate and professional students. Students come from all 50 states and more than 65 countries.[45] The student to faculty ratio is 7:1, with an average class size of 25 students.[46] 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. [47]

Seventy-four percent of Emory University students come from outside the Southeastern United States. International students in the Class of 2018 come from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, United Kingdom, Greece, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, and Zimbabwe.[47]

Undergraduate schools

Undergraduate/Graduate Schools
Year founded
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Oxford College
Emory University School of Medicine
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Candler School of Theology
Emory University School of Law
Laney Graduate School
Goizueta Business School
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory College of Arts and Sciences (1836)

The Emory College of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S) undergraduate academic degrees. Academic Departments include African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Sciences, Film & Media Studies, French and Italian Studies, German Studies, Global Health, Culture, and Society, History, Human Health, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Music, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Quantitative Theory and Methods, Religion, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater and Dance, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 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. The Emory-Tibet Partnership was established in 1998.

Emory University offers a five-year dual degree program in engineering, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology[48] Emory University also offers a duel master's degree in social work with the University of Georgia. [49]

Oxford College (1836)

Oxford College offers an Associate degree (A.A.) in liberal arts. Students that successfully complete Oxford College advance to Emory College of Arts and Sciences to complete their undergraduate education. Academic Departments include Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Languages, Mathematics & Computer Science, Music, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Physics & Astronomy, Quantitative Theory and Methods, Religion, Sociology, Theater, and Women's Studies.[50]

Graduate and professional schools

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Main Quad on Emory's Druid Hills Campus
Emory University School of Medicine (1854)

The Emory University School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology, Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling, Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant, and Bachelor of Medical Science in Medical Imaging. Academic Departments include Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Informatics, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology. Clinical Science Departments include Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family & Preventive Medicine, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Hematology/Medical Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, and Urology.[51]

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (1905)

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Masters of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).[52]

Candler School of Theology (1914)

The Candler School of Theology offers the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Religious Leadership (MRL), Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Master of Theology (ThM), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (ThD).[53]

Emory University School of Law (1916)

The Emory University School of Law offers the Juris Doctor, Juris Master, Master of Laws, and Doctor of Juridical Science.[54]

Laney Graduate School (1919)

The Laney Graduate School offers the Master of Arts degree in Bioethics, Clinical Research, Computer Science and Informatics, Development Practice, Educational Studies, Film Studies, Mathematics, and Music. The school offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, Art History, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (GDBBS), Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics, Business, Cancer Biology (GDBBS), Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Development (Psychology), Comparative Literature, Computer Science and Informatics, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, French, Genetics and Molecular Biology (GDBBS), Health Services Research and Health Policy, History, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis (GDBBS), Islamic Civilizations Studies, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (GDBBS), Molecular and Systems Pharmacology (GDBBS), Neuroscience (GDBBS), Neuroscience and Animal Behavior (Psychology), Nursing, Nutrition and Health Sciences (GDBBS), Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (GDBBS), Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.[55]

Goizueta Business School (1919)

The Goizueta Business School offers the Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.[56]

Rollins School of Public Health (1990)

The Rollins School of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH). Academic Departments include Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy & Management.[57]

Reputation and rankings

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Emory University is currently ranked 21st among national universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report and 93rd among global universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university has been named both a Hidden Ivy and Southern Ivy.[64] 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 The Huffington Post and USA Today.[65][66] Emory University's programs consistently rank among the most competitive in their fields by U.S. News and 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.[67] The Emory University School of Medicine was ranked the 23rd Best Medical Research School in the United States in 2015.[68] Rollins School of Public Health was ranked 7th among public health schools in the United States in 2015.[69] The Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program was ranked 3rd among physician assistant programs in the United States in 2015.[70] Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was ranked 10th among Nursing Schools in the United States in 2015.

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 and World Report.[71] The Emory University School of Law is ranked 19th among Law Schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.[71] The Princeton Review named the Emory University School of Law as one of best 169 law schools in the United States in 2014. Emory University's Goizueta Business School is ranked 20th among Business Schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.[71] 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.


Emory University has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of RU/VH: "very high research activity". According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the university is 5th among universities in the United States with licensing revenue per dollars spent on research.[30] The university is the 4th largest contributor in the nation to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines among public-sector research institutions.[31] The Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, ranked Emory 6th among universities in the United States and Canada for global health contributions and research.[72] In fiscal year 2014, Emory received $521.8 million in total research funding awards.[73] In 2015, Emory University was one of four institutions selected by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for its seven-year, multi-million dollar Tuberculosis Research Units (TBRU) program, which aims to drive innovation in tuberculosis research and reduce the global burden of the disease.[74] Emory University leads the nation in the number of students with Kirschstein-National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health.[75]

The Emory University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Emory Vaccine Center are world leaders in AIDS Vaccine Development and HIV Parthenogenesis studies are funded by nine different institutes of the National Institutes of Health and by the Georgia Research Alliance.[76] The centers include one of the largest groups of academic vaccine scientists in the world and are currently attempting to develop an effective HIV vaccine.[77] Emory University Researchers Dr. Dennis C. Liotta, Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi and Dr. Woo-Baeg Choi discovered Emtricitabine, a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) used in the treatment of HIV. The drug was named as one of the world's most important antiviral drugs by the World Health Organization and is included in their Model List of Essential Medicines.[78]

Emory University has a strong partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 1947, the university donated 15 acres of land to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the construction of the CDC headquarters.[79] The Emory University Prevention Research Center (EPRC) and Emory Center for Injury Control are funded by the CDC.[80][81] Emory University's African Center of Excellence for Public Health Security, which seeks to improve preparedness and response to health threats in low-income countries, is a five-year, multi-million dollar cooperative program with the CDC and International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).[82] The Emory University Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW), which conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, works in collaboration with the CDC.[83][84] The Emory University Global Health Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, partners with the CDC to enhance public health infrastructure in low-resource countries.[85] The Emory University Hospital Isolation Unit and Quarantine Station was established by the CDC following the 2003 SARS outbreak.[86] The isolation and treatment facilities at Emory University played a crucial role in ending the 2014 Ebola virus cases in the United States.[87] CDC scientists and administrators hold memberships and frequently speak at Emory University's Vaccine Dinner Club (VDC), an association that holds monthly academic meetings to discuss and advance vaccine research.[88]

Student life

Residential life

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.[89]

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.[90] Fraternities have on-campus housing located on Eagle Row, and Sorority Village, a series of townhouses, faces the fraternity houses.[91] 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.

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.[92]

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.[93]

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.[94]

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.[95] 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.[96]

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.[97][98] 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.[99]

Emory also has several secret societies—the Paladin Society, the D.V.S. Senior Honor Society, Ducemus, Speculum, and The Order of Ammon.[100]

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.[101]


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.[102] Graduate programs in art history, film studies, and music are offered.[103]

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.[104]

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.[105][106][107] Rita Dove also gave the keynote address at Emory's 2013 Commencement.[108]


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Emory Football Team, 1911

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.[109]

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.[110]

The intramural sports program provides an athletic outlet for the entire Emory community. Emory has numerous club sports[111] and a variety of recreational and competitive intramural teams.[112] The Outdoor Emory Organization sponsors weekend trips of outdoor activities such as rafting, rock climbing and hiking.[113]


Surrounding area

Emory's main campus is located in Druid Hills section of unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia,[17][114] a suburban community near Atlanta. Emory’s main campus is about a 15-minute drive from downtown and midtown Atlanta as well as the Buckhead area. The Atlanta metropolitan area, with more than 5.5 million people, is the third largest in the Southeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.[115] Atlanta is home to the world headquarters of corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Delta Air Lines, and Turner Broadcasting. Atlanta has the country's fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have business operations in the metropolitan area.[116] Popular attractions in the Atlanta area include, the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium,[117] The World of Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art and CNN Center. 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 National Black Arts Festival, a celebration of African American music, film, visual art, dance and literature, that takes place every summer in Atlanta.[118]


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Aerial View of Emory University in Atlanta

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.[119] 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).

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.[120]

Emory is committed to having three-quarters of the food served on campus come from local or sustainable sources by 2015.[121] 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.[122]

The Druid Hills campus has a pedestrian-only center. The Cliff shuttle system provides transportation for students, faculty and staff.[123] Alternative transportation is encouraged through initiatives such as Bike Emory and Zipcar, a company that rents cars for short-term use.[124]

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.[125]


Michael C. Carlos Museum

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.[126] 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.[127] 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.[128] 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.

Emory University Quad
Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library (MARBL)

Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff University Library has been ranked #13 in the nation, according to The Princeton Review.[129] The library’s tenth floor is home to MARBL, which has rare materials relating to literature, African American history and culture, and Southern and Georgia history. Notable pieces of the MARBL collection include a rare first edition of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe,[130] 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.

Lullwater Preserve

Lullwater Preserve features more than Script error: No such module "convert". 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.[131] The property was originally the estate of Walter T. Candler, son of Coca-Cola co-founder Asa Griggs Candler.

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Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Yerkes National Primate Research 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.[132][133]

The Carter Center

Emory is partnered with the Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. President 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 Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts hosts professional and student-run performances throughout the year.[134] 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.

Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia’s first and only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. The Winship Cancer institute was founded in 1937 with a gift from Robert Woodruff, the former president of Coca-Cola, after he lost his mother to cancer that year.[135] For over 65 years, the mission of the Winship Cancer Institute has been to bring together researchers, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, engineers, and social workers with the goal of preventing, treating, and curing cancer. Divisions at Winship Cancer Institute include radiation oncology, surgical oncology, hematology, and medical oncology. In 2009, Winship Cancer Institute was the first in Georgia to use a new and faster radiation system, called RapidArc, which can reduce treatment times and deliver a complete treatment in a single rotation of the machine around the patient.[135] In 2006, the National Cancer Institute selected the Emory and Georgia Tech joint research program as one of seven National Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology.[136]

Notable alumni and faculty

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Author Salman Rushdie having a discussion with Emory University students

Emory University has over 13,200 faculty and staff members and over 133,000 living alumni. Emory alumni and faculty include a President of the United States, a Vice President of the United States, a President of South Korea, a Prime Minister of South Korea, a Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea, a President of Mexico, a Vice President of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China, a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a United States Secretary of the Interior, a Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Members of Congress in the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, Ambassadors of the United States, Governors of the States and Territories of the United States, Chief Executive Officers and Presidents of Fortune 500 corporations, a Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, a Senior Executive with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a director of the The Rockefeller Institute, a President of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, a President of the Korean Sociological Association, a President of the American Psychological Association, a United States Poet Laureate,and an Executive Vice President of the National Geographic Society. [137] [138] [139]

Awards and honors recognizing Emory alumni and faculty include the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Bancroft Prize, National Humanities Medal, Peabody Award, Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, American Mathematical Society Fellowship, MacArthur Fellows Program, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Society for Clinical Investigation, National Academy of Sciences, and National Research Council.[140][141]


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Further reading

  • "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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