500 miles away from home




According to a survey of last fall's first-year class, 66 percent of Emory's freshmen traveled more than five hundred miles to attend this university. This number represents an increase from last year's 61 percent and is higher than that of other private, highly selective universities, which averages 45 percent.

More than 86 percent of the 1,330 Emory freshmen responded to the national UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program annual survey. The table below compares Emory's first-year students to those at Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Washington.

Student Background Emory 1998
(% freshmen)
Highly Selective
Private Universities 1998
(% freshmen)
Emory 1997
(% freshmen)
Lives more than 500 miles from Emory 66 45 61
Parental income over $200,000 30 19 30
No concern about financing education 48 39 49
Father has graduate degree 58 51 58
Mother has graduate degree 39 33 37
Mother is homemaker 13 17 17
College Choice
This school was student's first choice 62 70 59
Applied only to this institution 16 14 15
Applied to six or more schools 42 39 42
Important Selection Factors
Good academic reputation 86 86 87
Graduates get good jobs 71 74 70
Graduates go to top grad schools 65 63 63
Size of the college 49 37 49
Rankings in national magazines 38 31 39
Good social reputation 35 30 28
Career Plans
Intends to become a physician 26 16 27
Intends to become a business executive 14 11 13
Intends to become a lawyer 10 6 9


 

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