Location: Atlanta, GA
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,836
Percent Women: 57%
Tuition (one year): $44,008
Most Popular Majors: Business, Economics, Biology, Psychology
Greek Life: Yes, 30% of men and women
Acceptance Rate: 26.3%
Popular organizations on campus: Student Programming Council, Volunteer Emory, Greek life, Residence Hall Association
For more information about scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Emory University’s website at www.emory.edu/admissions
Why Choose Emory?"They offer so many different languages! Not a lot of schools have Korean and Tibetan...plus you can take classes with the Dalai Lama.""The B School!""I applied here because I read the book Into the Wild and the main guy went here.""I heard about Wonderful Wednesdays and thought that sounded awesome!""The Emory Anthem video"
“I can study anything I want here since Emory offers over 70 majors and 50 minors”
“Emory is just the right size with an undergraduate population of about 8,000 students”
“We are ranked as the 21 best National University by US News”
“There’s a club for everyone of my interests”
“Goizueta Business School is ranked as one of the top undergraduate business programs”
“Emory’s freshman dorms really make the transition into college so much easier. Since the facilities are so nice, I feel really at home in my dorm.”
“Cox Computer Lab is one of the best, yet most underrated parts of Emory. Despite having a lot of computers, smartboards, and study aids, it’s still a quiet place to study.”
“The best thing about Emory is the people. It brings together such a diverse student body that it’s easy to find your niche.”
“Wonderful Wednesdays has to be my favorite thing about Emory. It’s the perfect midweek pick-me-up.”
“The facilities are awesome. Be it the dining halls or the gym, Emory is constantly modernizing some part of campus.”
“The campus is so beautiful – everything is green, and the red roofs are so pretty. Just walking around campus on a sunny day can put me in a better mood.”
“Woodruff Library has to be one of the best parts of Emory. You have the ability to choose between a café-type social environment, a small study room with friends, or a completely silent study space.”
“Honestly, my favorite thing about Emory is that it has dorms like palaces – I never thought I’d walk past a fireplace everyday on the way to my room!”
“I love that at Emory, students are encouraged to do such a wide range of things. It’s not uncommon to meet a sorority girl who writes for the Wheel, or find out your orientation leader is on the debate team.”
“There are amazing restaurants in the Atlanta area – every time I explore the area, I find a new favorite restaurant!”
Needs Improvement"OPUS is the most stressful thing that we have to deal with at Emory. When I'm applying for classes, everything I want is closed. The blue squares will be the death of me.""HOUSING CAUSES SO MUCH STRESS. I don't like the way we sign up for housing at all. Being a rising senior, I feel like I should have priority but my sign up time is SO LATE. MyHousing is almost worse to me than OPUS is.""I think the University needs to provide a more effective way to communicate. Since Learnlink has been phased out, and the Emory Bubble hasn't worked out all its kinks, there is no effective way to communicate within University organizations or with the University itself.""The weather in Atlanta is usually really great! But when there's even the possibility of snow it's frustrating that practically everything on Emory's campus just shuts down.""I think we are very technologically focused in the sense that we rely on OPUS and Blackboard way more than we should and so when glitches occur, it just creates a lot of frustration."
“I wish there were more vegetarian options, especially at Cox. There's only so much salad and grilled cheese a girl can eat.”
“Late night/weekend shuttles from Clairmont are the worst. I also think we should have the ability to navigate SafeRide on our phones because you never know if it’ll come.”
“I really don’t like feeling like I have to walk back with someone when going from the library back to my room across campus at night.”
“I really wish there were healthier food options.”
“I really love this school, and I think a lot of people do, but we lack a unifying factor (at other schools that's football) that really brings everyone together to be excited about being here.”
“I know they've tried to improve it, but the food choices get really boring/repetitive. And for upperclassman, there are no on-campus options other than the DUC or Highland [Bakery] for a few hours on Saturdays.”
“I don't like that there are a lot of extra costs associated with coming to Emory on top of the crazy expensive tuition.”
New Collegiette on Campus
"I went on a three-day pre-orientation camping trip with Outdoor Emory right before freshman orientation, and it was one of the best decisions I made. I came into Emory with lots of friends from my trip, which was amazing because I only knew a couple of people from my high school here. I have since lived with three of my friends from this trip, including my best friend at Emory, who I am living with again next year when we graduate!"
"I loved going to Dooley's Ball freshman year because it was two steps outside of my dorm, and I got to bring my best friend from high school to this concert for free. Everyone dresses up for Dooley's Ball, this huge concert on McDonough Field, and it's basically the best night of the year! It's named after Dooley, our unofficial mascot who is a skeleton--another random tradition at Emory that I love."
“The biggest adjustment between leaving high school and entering freshman year is that it is up to you to have self control and use your time wisely.”
"Make sure to branch outside of your comfort zone and sign up for new clubs and branch out!"
"The Homecoming Week and Dooley's Week concerts were great!"
"Try to take a GER or pre-requisite the summer after your freshman year for transient credit."
“Nobody forces you to get your work done on time, or to study in advance for exams. It took me all of freshman year to figure this out, because high school definitely did not prepare me for the self discipline I would need to do well at Emory.”
"I had a freshman group of friends, but I really liked that I got to know upperclassmen through Greek Life. It was great to make older friends that knew the ropes and could give me good advice on how to spend my time at Emory in the best way."
"Don't join many clubs, just join the clubs you have interests in and stick with them."
All About Academics
"Since Emory is a liberal arts college, you have to take General Education Requirements in most of the disciplines. These classes are a good way to explore your interests and take a course you might not normally choose, all in all helping you find the major that's best for you."
"I chose Emory because I wanted to major in Anthropology and Human Biology, a cool joint major that's great for my pre-med track. There is a lot of pre-med advising, too, so I can make sure I'm taking all the right classes."
"The business school, which we call the b-school, is top-rated. I have had no trouble getting great internships and learning all about finance. The only tricky part is that it grades on a curve, meaning only so many people can get As in a class."
"A lot of my senior friends wrote theses. It seemed like a cool opportunity, but that is a LOT of writing for senior year!"
"The library tends to be a social as well academic setting. If you want to socialize and get some work done then, the first three floors of the Woodruff Library and if you really want to study, then maybe the stacks is the best place to go."
"But, if you want a change of scenery, some other great places to study are Eagles Landing (in the DUC), Cox Computing Center, Starbucks, Health Sciences Library, or the Pitts Theology Library."
"Eagles Landing, Cox, and Starbucks are on the smaller side and they are somewhat quiet. If you want silent study, then the best places to go to are the Health Sciences Library (near the Biology Building) or the newly renovated Pitts Theology Library."
Here are some pictures of the new building:
Learn From The Best!
"Whether you’re studying in the reading room or by the pool, be sure to keep up on your studies and know which classes to take!"
“Make sure you ask a lot of older kids about classes and such. You don’t want to end up with a bad professor!”
"Figure out which courses in your major or General Education Requirements are notoriously hard. Then, plan your course loads for the next few semesters so you take one or two hard classes at a time with easier ones to balance your workload."
"If a class you want to take tends to fill up quickly (for example, writing requirement classes like Poetry 101, which maxes out at under 20 students), plan to take those as an upperclassman when your time for picking classes is earlier. The more credits you have taken, the sooner you get to pick your classes!"
At Emory, we’re extremely lucky to have faculty that is not only published but also extremely enthusiastic about their respective subjects. However, it is important to get as much information about classes and teachers before hitting that enroll button.
The following resources can help when trying to figure out what classes to take with what teachers.
While all teachers are great, let’s be real...Some are just hard for no good reason at all. We all also learn differently. Do you prefer teachers that use powerpoints? Do you need someone that has a strict attendance policy and ACTUALLY sticks to it?
Not all teachers are on ratemyprofessors. Asking an upperclassmen friend, if you know one, can help figuring out your first semester course load, especially if you’re Pre- nothing at the moment. If you don’t know any upperclassmen personally, the Emory college facebook page is a great resource. Ask a question about classes and teachers and get multiple responses. At Emory, people are usually more than willing to help.
Your advisor is a great source of wisdom at college. If you personally don’t like checking whether or not you have fulfilled your requirements, just go to your advisor.
4) Course Atlas
Many courses may sound like they would interest you but you cannot be too sure unless you take the time to read the description right under it.
Lastly, we’re in college; this is the time to explore. Whether it is joining a club that you;ve never heard of before or choosing a class that is not related to your major, it is important to broaden your horizons.
As quoted by a wise upperclassmen, “Med schools don’t care about your major.”
Interests and Involvement"The student activities fair was pretty overwhelming when I was a freshman, but if you go in knowing what your interests are already or what you're looking for to get more involved in, you can narrow down the search. That way you don't sign up for 15 different clubs and overextend yourself.""Clubs at Emory are real chill. Usually if it's something you really want to do then you don't see it as an extracurricular but more like a hobby.""The student activities fair is the best way to get introduced into clubs! I didn't go freshman year but sophomore year I went and now I participate in it at my club's table!""Joining a club is the best way to meet new people. Some of the people I met freshman year are still my good friends to this day.""Don't join clubs just because your friends are in it. Branch out and explore! Emory has a lot to offer like SGA, SPC, Asian Student Organization, Outdoor Emory, Black Student Alliance, Sexual Assault Peer Advocated, Dooley Noted Acapella, Jumpstart, just to name a few.""Check out the Campus Celebrity section of Her Campus Emory to read about some of the leaders of clubs at Emory!"
“More students should come out to games. It’s a great time and odds are you’ll probably know a couple of people on the team.”
“I’m now a senior, and looking back I wish I would’ve gone to more of the games. My friends and I went to a lot this year, and it’s always a great time!”
"Since Emory doesn't have a football team, the soccer games a big deal. Swimming is also huge since Emory has won so many national championships."
"Lots of Greek life organizations and form intramural teams and compete. That's always super fun."
"You don't know how much fun you'll have until you actually go."
"I've painted my chest with my friend's name before, and it was awesome!"
"I don't know what's more competitive, my B-school classes or my IM games... Just kidding - obviously the IM games."
"After playing sports 4 years in high school, I love the level of competition and dedication on my club team."
“To me when I think of girl power, I think of feminism, and on Emory’s campus it is pretty dominate. There are many organizations run by women. We even have the Women’s Resource Center in Cox Hall that helps produce the Vagina Monologues ever year on Valentine's Day.”
“Although women know how to wow Emory’s campus, the gender ratio is one of many hindrances to successful dating at Emory (and on college campuses in general). It especially sucks to be a girl over 5'4" on this campus since the average height of men is like 5'6!”
"The club SAPA--Sexual Assualt Peer Advocates--is very strong at Emory. It really adds to Emory's culture a sense of respect for women and zero tolerance for sexual assualt and anything related. This makes me feel safe as a college female."
“Sorority life at Emory isn’t catty, like the way sororities might be stereotyped at other schools. Being in a sorority is it’s own social circle, not really each separate sorority. It’s a great way to make friends!”
"Greek life is a great way to make great girl friends! As someone who in high school hung out more with guys, joining my sorority has helped me make amazing female friends who really are sisters to me, which was something I was not expecting. Sororities also are not catty here like they are at other schools. Lots of girls have close friends in different sororities too."
“The typical Emory girl alternates between two basic outfits: Lululemon workout clothes and a jean jacket with black combat boots. There’s a wide array of very trendy girls along with girls who roll into class in sweatpants. Anything goes!”
“The gender ratio is a little uneven at Emory, leaning towards the girls (60/40 ratio). Some say this can make the dating scene a little frustrating and limiting.”
“Being a girl at Emory is inspiring! Every girl is really involved. Everyone here has a passion and talent that is really unique and something to look up to.”
“There’s so many groups at Emory specifically for women. The first thing that comes to mind is sorority life. There are 7 sororities that exist on campus, which is growing to a new sorority soon and will continue to grow! There are also lots of women’s academic groups including Goizueta Women in Business, a Center for Women which includes the Feminists in Action and even Women in NeuroScience.”
Food and Drink
"The DUC (underclassmen dining hall) has improved over the years. I wish the salad bar was that extensive when I was a freshman."
"On Tuesdays, a Farmer's Market comes to campus!! King of Pops popsicles are my fave."
"Cox Food Court is pretty yummy. The Boar's Head sandwich line is always long, but the chips are worth it."
"Atlanta brunch is amazing! Murphy's, Rosebud, Flying Biscuit... there are so many good places that have a southern twist."
“The best thing about Sophomore year is having a car because I’ve been able to try all of the great Southern food around Emory’s campus. Fox Bro’s BBQ, South City Kitchen, JCT’s Kitchen, and Fat Matt’s are all faves.”
“Grub hub was my savior freshman year, especially during finals weeks. They usually offer promo codes and great discounts for students”
“The new convenience store is so great for a late night bite. They have made-to-order subs and tons of snacks”
“Peet’s Coffee was a welcome change to the old Jazzman’s in the library. I love that they serve semi-healthy snacks as well for a quick snack during my study break”
After hitting the frats, going to a date party, or spending the night in club lib…
"Maggie's Neighborhood Bar and Grill is ALWAYS the move."
Can’t wait until Thursday to go out? You’re in luck…
“Tequila was made for Tuesdays at Los Loros.”
"If it's Wednesday night, you'd better be at MJQ."
"Frat parties are fun when you're an underclassman, but Buckhead and Virginia-Highlands are the move when you're of age."
"The freshmen dorms have the most central locations on campus. Most of the dorms are brand new and a lot are LEED certified."
"I live in Evans and love it! My hall is really close, and the Resident Advisors and Sophomore Advisors host hall bonding activities too."
"You can pick a random roommate or find one on Facebook. I definitely recommend the latter--some people have horror stories of roommates with crazy sleep schedules or who are just super messy."
"I decorated my dorm with lots of posters and photos to remind me of home."
"Sophomore dorms are not as nice as freshman dorms... Woodruff was a huge step down from Turman."
"Evans has shaped my experience at emory and helped me develop a sense of community here thus far. It is the perfect size, making it a very sociable dorm. I am very good friends with everyone on my floor."
"Despite the common belief that Longstreet is too big for communities to develop, the dorm has become my home away from home. I look forward to returning from classes knowing that someone will have their door open, ready to make me laugh."
"Hamilton Holmes is one of the smallest freshman dorms, fostering a very tight knit community. People are constantly hanging out in our hall whether it be in the lobby, study lounge, common room, or even in their room with the door wide open. Having relationships with the majority of the dorm truly makes Hamilton feel like a home."
"Raoul is too big and so spread out that it's hard to become friends with people on your floor. I was expecting that my first friends in college would be my neighbors, but I feel like most people who live in Raoul make their closest friends through different ways. I don't really feel a sense of community when I'm in my dorm in comparison to the sense of community that I feel when I am in other freshman dorms where people are always sitting in the lounge and hanging out with people on their hall. "
"Hamilton is right across from the DUC making meal time very convenient. It’s also on the freshmen quad so getting to other dorms is also easy. The overall location of the dorm is great!"
"I really enjoyed the permanent contemporary art collection that the High Museum has to offer."
“Stone Mountain is so relaxing. It’s crazy how close it is to Emory, but so many people don’t know about it!”
"The view from Stone Mountain is incredible!"
“I love the zoo! The pandas are seriously the cutest animals ever.”
"Make sure you check out some of the festivals Atlanta has to offer such as Taste of Atlanta and Decatur Beerfest."
"If you didn't go to the Coca Cola Factory once in college, did you even go to Emory?"
"The Georgia Aquarium is amazing! The whale sharks are so cool."
"I could spend days at the Dekalb Farmers Market and be completely satisfied with my life decision."
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