21 Jul Emory University
Emory University is a highly respected private research institution in Atlanta. U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Emory among the top 20 national universities. Emory is known for the academic excellence of its liberal arts programs and professional schools. The Princeton Review named Emory University as one of its “2011 Best Value Colleges” for private schools.
The university was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1836 as Emory College. It was located in the rural southeast Georgia town of Oxford. By 1914 the college was looking to expand and was able to move to Atlanta when a local philanthropist donated land for a new campus. Today the Atlanta campus occupies more than 600 acres in the Druid Hills area. The center of campus, the Quadrangle, contains several pink and gray marble buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The pedestrian friendly campus includes lots of green space. Emory still maintains an undergraduate program at the Oxford campus, called Oxford College. After successfully completing their two year curriculum at Oxford, students can automatically transfer to Emory’s Atlanta campus.
Emory’s current enrollment is over 7,200 undergraduate students and more than 6,100 graduate and professional students. The university awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees for its programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing. Emory’s well known graduate programs include Business, Law, Nursing, Public Health, Theology, and the School of Medicine. Emory University’s seven owned or affiliated teaching hospitals record more than 2 million patient encounters annually.
The university’s 18 varsity athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. Emory is a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA). No athletic scholarships are offered. Among the sports the university offers are basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, and swimming.
More than 70% of Emory’s undergraduate students live on campus. A wide range of resident housing is available, from traditional dorms to apartments. Students may participate in hundreds of student organizations on campus including sororities, fraternities, honor societies, and sports clubs. The Dobbs University Center is a main gathering place for students on campus.
Emory University seeks to be an inquiry-driven institution that blends a focus on teaching and research. It hopes to foster lifelong learning by nurturing creativity and discovery. The university strives to achieve a positive transformation in the world through its leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action.