Emory University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Emory University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Emory University

In 1836, the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Emory College within the small Oxford, GA, community. The school became known as Emory University in 1914 and expanded to its current location in Atlanta the next year. The school currently serves as the academic home to over 14,000 students each year, and its College of Arts and Sciences boasts over 43,000 living alumni.

The university focuses heavily on sustainable practices and has designated over half of its campus as protected green space. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education awarded Emory a 'Gold' rating for its green practices in 2011. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the university's undergraduate business program number five in the nation in 2012 and Inside College named Emory as one of America's 21 'hottest colleges' during the same year. The Princeton Review ranked Emory as one of the top 75 'Best Value Colleges' among private universities in 2012, as well.


Emory University offers students an array of programs from which to choose. Emory College offers 78 majors and the James T. Laney School offers over 40 graduate degrees. Other schools offering undergraduate and graduate programs include Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Candler School of Theology, School of Medicine, School of Law, Rollins School of Public Health, and Neil Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, bring the total to approximately 120 academic program options, as of 2012.

Popular undergraduate degree programs include business, biology, economics, and psychology. Special learning opportunities are available that allow students to complete their degrees via weekend and evening classes as well. Additional learning opportunities include teacher certification and distance learning options.

Students interested in study abroad programs can find over 130 approved options in over 40 countries throughout the world. About 50% of Emory students participate in some form of international educational experience before they graduate. Students have year-round opportunities to study abroad and earn credits and grades along the way, while maintaining their financial aid awards.


Undergraduates may choose to apply to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta, GA, or Oxford College in Oxford, GA, where they spend the first two years at the university's original campus located about 38 miles east of Atlanta. Emory evaluates applicants based on a number of factors, including SAT/ACT scores, overall academic performance, and personal and academic recommendations. The school accepts the Common Application, but requires a supplement. Undergraduates that entered the school in fall 2011 had an average high school GPA of 3.79 and average SAT scores of 1,369.

Students applying for early decision I must apply by November 1 and students applying for early decision II are required to apply by January 1. Regular decision and early admission applicants have until January 15 to apply. Early decision I notification letters are mailed December 15, early decision II letters are mailed February 15 and regular decision and early admission letters are sent April 1.

As of fall 2011, 97% of all undergraduate students who began their studies were 24 years of age or younger, and 99% of all undergraduates attended the university full-time during the same period. In the same year, the student body at Emory consisted of the following ethnic/racial groups: white (41%), Asian (23%) non-resident, alien (12%), other/unknown (7%), Hispanic/Latino (5%), African-American (10%), and two or more races (1%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2011-2012, tuition costs and associated fees at Emory University were approximately $41,164 per academic year for undergraduate students and $34,800 per year for graduate students. Student housing is available, and the estimated cost for room and board on-campus during the 2011-2012 school year was $11,628.

Emory offers financial aid programs, including grants and scholarships, to students who require assistance. The school also participates in national scholarship programs and offers institutional scholarships. Roughly 63% of all students attending the university in 2010-2011 used at least one form of financial aid to pay for their studies. The average net awards for students in 2010-2011 were $28,462 for grants and scholarships and $25,635 for student loans.

School Type Private not-for profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation United Methodist**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 7,441 undergraduates and 6,452 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Over 20 residency hall options; about 75% of undergraduates live on campus*
Schools and Programs Nine academic schools and colleges, roughly 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 7 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (297)
Master's: Business administration and management (225)
Doctoral: Law (225)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
85% in four years
90% in six years
91% in eight years**
Admission Rate 26.7% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 1,340 in fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates For undergrads beginning in fall 2010:
96% (full-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Freshmen 1,369 in fall 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Regular decision, January 15*
Decision Notification Date Regular decision letters are mailed April 1*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 were roughly $41,164 (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses, and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (24%), state and local grants/scholarships (21%), institutional grants/scholarships (53%), federal student loans (37%), other student loans (4%)**
Percentage of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 63% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Emory University; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Emory University, Office of Admission - Undergraduate, 1390 Oxford Road NE, 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA, 30322-1016
  • Emory College Phone: (404) 727-6036
  • Oxford College Phone: (770) 784-8328
  • Website: www.emory.edu

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