Accreditations & Memberships

University Accreditation

At Emory University, we take our accreditations and memberships seriously. Emory undergoes accreditation at the university level and throughout our colleges and schools to ensure our educational programs meet the highest standards.

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University Accreditation

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctorate, and professional degrees. Emory University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Emory University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404.679.4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution: 

  • has a mission appropriate to higher education;
  • has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission;
  • maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers; and
  • is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

Among other benefits, SACSCOC accreditation enables Emory University to maintain eligibility for student financial aid through the US Department of Education.

Emory’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation extends through 2024.

Programmatic Accrediting Agencies

  • Accreditation Commission of Midwifery Education
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Educators
  • Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educators
  • Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Bar Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of Theological Schools in the US and Canada
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Genetics Counseling Education Program (Provisional)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association


Emory joined the Association of American Universities in 1995. The AAU is composed of 65 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.

Emory University’s other memberships include:

  • American Association of Research Libraries
  • Association of American Universities
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Council of Southern Universities 
  • Southern University Conference
  • American Council of Education
  • Association of American Universities Data Exchange
  • College Board
  • Georgia Association of Colleges
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Private Colleges and Universities in Georgia

Honor Societies

In keeping with its standing as a leading research university, Emory has membership in national honor societies that recognize student academic achievement.

Alpha Epsilon Delta

This national honor society recognizes students who have achieved academic distinction while pursuing a premedical or predental program.

Phi Beta Kappa

The Emory College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Georgia, was founded in 1929. Election to it is based on scholarship, breadth of culture, and general promise.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Phi Eta Sigma

The Emory College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for first-year students, acknowledges outstanding scholastic achievement.

Sigma XI

The Emory chapter of Sigma XI encourages original investigation in the pure and applied sciences. The chapter consists of members and associate members, including students, faculty, and staff. Although full membership is based on achievement in original investigation, undergraduate students may be elected to associate membership. Activities include meetings for the discussion of scientific subjects; financial support, through grants-in-aid, of investigations; publication of research; and maintenance of national lectureships.

Who’s Who

Who’s Who honors college and university students who have made significant contributions to their schools. Selection is based on leadership, service, and scholarship.

Departmental Honors

Outstanding achievement within departments and programs is recognized by election to the following societies:

  • Anthropology: Lambda Alpha
  • Biology: Phi Sigma
  • Classics: Eta Sigma Phi
  • Economics: Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • German: Delta Phi Alpha
  • History: Phi Alpha Theta
  • Modern Languages: Phi Sigma Iota
  • Music: Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology: Nu Rho Psi
  • Physics: Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Philosophy: Phi Sigma Tau
  • Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Psychology: Psi Chi
  • Religion: Theta Alpha Kappa
  • Russian Studies: Dobro Slovo
  • Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Theater: Alpha Psi Omega
  • Oxford College: Alpha Epsilon Upsilon
  • First-year college and university students: Phi Eta Sigma