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Preparing Engaged Leaders

Creative thinking and inquiry. A thirst for discovery. Intellectual engagement.

The excellence and dedication of our faculty are why students from around the world come to Emory, where they embark on a rigorous and inclusive educational journey that transforms them into tomorrow’s leaders.

Number 1 Integrative Studies Program (Best Colleges, 2018)
Number 4 among national universities for economic diversity of its student body (US News)
Number 21 among the nation's top universities (US News)

Our leadership in academia is broad and deep, ranging from medical breakthroughs and innovative drug therapies born in our labs to breaking new ground in the humanities and social sciences. Emory attracts record-setting funding, faculty of the highest caliber, and the brightest student scholars.

Behind Emory’s fundamental commitment to providing a rigorous liberal arts education within one of the nation’s top research universities is a belief in the ardent pursuit of knowledge and its transformative power. This approach, led by our eminent faculty, results in students willing to take intellectual risks, their curiosity sparked through the mentorship they receive and the unique culture of engaged discourse that exists here.

Understanding and improving the world around us, and answering future needs, is a fundamental mission at Emory. We practice an inquiry-driven, hands-on approach to education rooted in the classroom, laboratory, library, and archives—but also in area high schools, community centers, and nonprofits in Atlanta, nationally, and globally. Our tradition of social responsibility encourages students to give back to their communities, with 83 percent of seniors having participated in volunteer service during their time here. 

Our devotion to engagement with the world around us equips graduates with the tools they will need to develop as leaders in their communities. At Emory, both students and faculty find the encouragement, inspiration, and resources to imagine new horizons, expanding the boundary of what is possible.

An Incomparable Academic Experience

Faculty are at the heart of the creation of new knowledge, sharing ideas in the class and the lab, with each other, and in the community at large. Among many other grants, Emory professors have been awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding for digital scholarship, an IBM research grant to study the effect of climate change on public health, a National Institute of Mental Health grant to continue innovative research on oxytocin, a National Science Foundation Senior Research Award for examining renewable energy infrastructures from an anthropological perspective, and a Mellon Foundation grant to support humanities faculty in the development of new and enhanced curricula, classroom experiences, and course innovation.

Emory named a 'top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students' (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018 to 2019)
The majority of students conduct research with a faculty member in the sciences, arts, or humanities.

In the past year, Emory has had two Guggenheim Fellowship winners: Carol Anderson, a historian and Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American Studies; and C. Jean Campbell, a professor of late medieval and Renaissance art history. Anderson's research focuses on the making and unraveling of public policy and how racism affects that process. Campbell's research looks at art and poetic culture in early Renaissance Italy.

Emory faculty and staff published 111 books. Two faculty members, Carol Anderson and Tayari Jones, were longlisted for National Book Awards.

The undeniable strength of Emory's faculty allows the university to convene important academic conversations and meetings, including the September 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the topic "Study of African American Women's Writing: Pasts and Futures," the March 2019 Academic Freedom and Free Speech Conference, and the April 2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation conference "Art History Graduate Education and the Museum."

We are constantly striving to advance learning through collaboration and innovation, from cross-disciplinary study tracks that promote new ways of thinking—such as the Jones Program in Ethics required of all doctoral students—to mentoring programs involving local entrepreneurs who help students develop marketable solutions to real-world problems. As a result, our students are prepared and in demand when they graduate.

Our faculty are brilliant teachers, acutely aware of their key role in igniting the imagination of their students. Not just for four years, but for a lifetime. Their concern is for the whole person—helping students see that learning must be continuous and thoughtfully applied to an ever-changing world.

8 to 1 student-faculty ratio
Number 13 best value college among 100 Top Private Universities (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2018)

As our students attest, lecterns are in deliberate short supply here. Our professors, at every level of instruction, work side by side with students, welcoming their diverse points of view, training them in the use of evidence, and taking their learning to ever-higher levels. And for many students, the formative conversations with trusted faculty members don’t end on graduation day.

We want every professor to burn brightly in our students' memories once they leave, and they do. They live on as exemplars, perhaps for a text they chose or a piece of music they played, for sparking memorable debate, for extending office hours, for the aha moment—in short, for living what they are teaching.

At 16 percent, Emory is among schools with the largest percentage of international undergraduates (US News).

Before they graduate, the majority of Emory students will have conducted research with a faculty member in the sciences, arts, or humanities. The impact of those discoveries is often felt while they’re still on campus: business students whose data-analysis app helps match adult job seekers to career opportunities, medical and nursing students who staff health clinics for rural Georgia farmworkers, and undergraduates who collect plants that offer a new take on ancient healing methods. Through such study, Emory is identifying societal challenges, changing outcomes, and improving lives.

We support all students in that quest, with need-blind admission at Emory College that meets full demonstrated financial need for everyone eligible, including students with DACA status. Emory takes financial access seriously, offering aid packages that build a strong foundation for success. We rank fourth among national universities in the economic diversity of our student body. Among our nine schools, 7 in 10 students receive financial aid—grants, scholarships, and stipends that added up to a substantial $296.8 million commitment from Emory in 2017–2018.

Emory has 15,451 students with 8,079 undergraduates and 7,372 graduate/professional students
A record 30,017 applications were received for the Class of 2023.

Our desire to build and maintain community and diversity in every department, program, and office is evident in the way we recruit, with minorities constituting 32 percent of the student body, women 58 percent, and international students 17 percent. Our students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and they speak 85 languages. Emory's student and faculty mix has helped the university rank #1 for quality of life by Princeton Review  and #3 for successful integration of transfer students by Money magazine.

I know I was meant to be at Emory. Coming here, I felt I had access to words I hadn’t been able to find before. It has been integral for me to see who I am as a writer by developing as a student and researcher first.

Christell Victoria Roach, Emory College Class of 2019
Number 1, Best Quality of Life (Princeton Review)
Number 11 Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers (Peace Corps' Top Colleges List, 2018)

Emory recognizes the profound impact that access to the right resources has on students. In May 2018, the 1915 Scholars Initiative saw its first group of 17 students graduate. The program addresses the needs of first-generation students through a specialized orientation, customized advising, and tiered mentoring through a family-cluster model. Beyond that important cohort, the Emory Undergraduate Project works to ensure that the experience of all our students, from acceptance to graduation, is seamless, holistic, and engaged.

Emory is fiercely proud of its legacy of cultivating thoughtful, compassionate, and inquisitive scholars who are unafraid to ask difficult questions and equipped with the intellectual discipline and creative thinking to offer visionary solutions. Our graduates are destined for a lifetime of learning, service to others, and leadership in their fields.

4 Emory students were 2018 Rhodes Scholarship finalists.
1 in 3 Emory undergraduates study abroad in more than 40 countries.

Read On

Our immersive stories are a powerful means of demonstrating Emory's academic impact—on our students, who leave here ready to lead, serve, and take on the world, no matter their path; and on society, which benefits from our relentless drive to push the boundaries of knowledge.


Emory and CareerBuilder, a leading provider of HR technology and data services, are joining in a new partnership designed to accelerate the success of the university’s liberal arts-centered quantitative sciences program and, ultimately, uncover better ways to match job seekers to new career opportunities.

Read More: Our Partnership
Undergraduates in Emory's Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods meet to work on their capstone projects.

Journey toward Justice

Through the Journey toward Racial Justice and Healing, which took 150 Candler School of Theology students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Atlanta to Montgomery, Alabama, participants learned how to better grapple with the topics of racial healing and social justice.

Read More: Our Quest
A photo taken from a distance shows people in silhouette visiting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, standing among concrete columns.

Critical Need, Critical Care

During a time of grave public concern over a looming nursing shortage owing to an aging workforce, an instructor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has created a required course in ambulatory care for seniors and a one-year residency program that already has brought 16 new nurses to Emory Healthcare’s ambulatory care clinics.

Read More: Our Impact
A nursing student standing on a staircase as other hospital workers walk past.

Plant Hunters

Cassandra Quave, a member of the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center and a world leader in the field of ethnobotany, helps students learn how indigenous people use plants in their healing practices to uncover promising candidates for new drugs.

Read More: Our Search
A butterfly sitting on the branch of a plant

Promising Poet

Still basking in the glow of winning the Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers and a 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize for her poem “On the End of Mango Season, and Still Falling Fruit,” Emory senior Christell Victoria Roach credits her academic experience with allowing her to find her voice as a poet.

Read More: Our Artists
Christell Victoria Roach sits in a chair in the Rose Library, holding her pen and smiling.

Creating Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

To meet the challenge of preparing students for the ever-shifting demands of the business world, Goizueta Business School not only started the Entrepreneurs in Residence program but a range of entrepreneurship initiatives, partnerships, and seminars that offer mentoring, business incubation and, potentially, actual investment money.

Read More: Our Future
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