August 27, 2001
Kaplan college guide labels Emory as 'Hot'
By Eric Rangus
Its official: Emorys hot. Not in temperature, either, although
that is often the case.
Hot as in hip, happenin, trendy and, perhaps most importantly,
a school that is being viewed among academics and prospective students
as an elite national institution.
Emory is one of nine universities named as Hot Schools by
the Kaplan/Newsweek special publication How to Get Into College,
which hit newsstands Aug. 13. The educational and career services company
and the news magazine team each year to produce the publication, which
features in-depth articles on many aspects of the college experience.
One of those features identifies a small group of school that are on
the rise nationallythe Hot Schools.
Joining Emory on the hot list are: the Franklin Olin College of Engineering,
Hampshire College, Oberlin College, Tulane University, the University
of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College and Wesleyan University.
The list is overwhelmingly private (Michigan is the sole public school)
and eastern (Tulane, in New Orleans, is the westernmost school).
The articles authors, John Schwartz and Nadine Joseph, freely admit
that their list is unscientific, but schools named do share some telltale
It helps to be in or close to a vibrant city (such as Atlanta). Application
rates should be higher than the national average. A distinctive strength,
such as Emorys medical school, helps a hot school stand
out. So does presence in the national news (take, for instance, the Deborah
Lipstadt libel trial). All of those qualities helped Emory make the cut.
There are other reasons, too.
Emory has, in recent years, undergone a building spree,
Newsweek Senior Editor David Kaplan told CNNs Leon Harris the
day the guide was released. Theres obviously a lot of money
in the Emory endowment because of Coca-Cola. It, along with schools like
Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tulane in New Orleans [and] Duke in North Carolina,
have become popular in part because theyre away from some of the
rush and perceived competition of the Northeast; a little slower, a little
more genteel being in the South, but obviously first-rate institutions.
I am pleased by the recognition for Emory,said Provost Woody
Hunter. As an Emory parent, I know firsthand that the educational
opportunities for Emory College students are among the best in the nation.
Hunters daughter Emily graduated from Emory College in 1998.
During the 12 years I served as law school dean, large numbers
of our strongest applicants and best-prepared students were graduates
of Emory College, he said. It does not surprise me that Emory
would be named one of the hot schools.
The guide focuses on the challenges not only of getting into college,
but the difficulties students face once they reach campus. It explores
how technology is changing university life and includes a detailed directory
of schools, featuring tuition rates, admissions requirements, campus demographics
and other statistics.
How to Get Into College retails for $7.95 and is available on newsstands.