Sunday, February 5, 2012

Emory University

Emory is a highly-ranked research university in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and Emory is a member of the elite Association of American Universities for research strengths. Most of Emory's undergrads go to Emory College on the main campus, but about 700 students begin in a two-year liberal arts program at Oxford College in the small town of Oxford, Georgia. Emory's multi-billion-dollar endowment ranks with many Ivy League universities and helps support its strong schools of medicine, theology, law, nursing, and public health. The prestigious Goizueta Business School can boast of faculty members such as former President Jimmy Carter. On the athletic front, the Emory Eagles compete in the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association. Emory's general excellent earned it a place on my lists of top Georgia colleges, top southeastern colleges, best universities, and top business schools.

Admissions Data (2010):

Enrollment (2009):

  • Total Enrollment: 12,930 (6,980 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2010 - 11):

  • Tuition and Fees: $39,158
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,198
  • Other Expenses: $2,100
  • Total Cost: $53,556

Emory University Financial Aid (2008 - 09):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 61%
  • Emory University Scholarships (
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 53%
    • Loans: 35%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,648
    • Loans: $7,549

Most Popular Majors:

Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Economics, Neuroscience, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Emory and the Common Application

Emory University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Emory Mission Statement:

Emory University's mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. To fulfill this mission, the University supports the full range of scholarship, from undergraduate to advanced graduate and professional instruction, and from basic research to its application in public service. While being a comprehensive research university, Emory limits its academic scope to those fields in which, by virtue of its history and location, it can excel. Hence its academic programs focus on the arts and sciences, business, law, theology, and the health professions. These disciplines are unified by their devotion to liberal learning; by cooperative interdisciplinary programs; and by the common pursuit of intellectual distinction.
The Emory community is open to all who meet its high standards of intelligence, competence, and integrity. It welcomes a diversity of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, national, and international backgrounds, believing that the intellectual and social energy that results from such diversity is a primary asset of the University.
In keeping with the demand that teaching, learning, research, and service be measured by high standards of integrity and excellence, and believing that each person and every level of scholarly activity should be valued on its own merits, the University aims to imbue scholarship at Emory with
  • A commitment to humane teaching and mentorship and a respectful interaction among faculty, students, and staff;
  • Open disciplinary boundaries that encourage integrative teaching, research, and scholarship;
  • A commitment to use knowledge to improve human well-being; and
  • A global perspective on the human condition.
The University, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, cherishes its historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church. While Emory's programs are today entirely nonsectarian (except for those at the Candler School of Theology), the University has derived from this heritage the conviction that education can be a strong moral force in both society and the lives of its individual members.

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