About Emory University

The Institution

About Emory University

Emory University is a leading institution of higher education. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the university has an international reputation for world-renowned scholarship and research, unparalleled teaching, and a preeminent medical center that provides students with the access to and opportunity for hands-on learning experiences with top medical researchers and scholars.

Emory traces its roots to the 1836 founding of Emory College in Oxford, Georgia. Asa Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company, provided a generous gift that included land in Atlanta on which Emory could expand. This support transformed Emory College into Emory University and set the university on a path to become a recognized leading research university.

Emory’s programs are rooted in the conviction that education is a strong moral force in both society and the lives of individuals as reflected in the university’s mission “to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.”

A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1995, the university benefits from collaboration across its nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. These schools include Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and Candler School of Theology.

With approximately 15,000 students, including 8,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate and professional students, Emory attracts students from every state and more than 100 countries. More than 70 percent of all students receive financial aid.

The Academic Experience

Emory faculty, staff, and students dedicate themselves to improving lives and strengthening communities through transformational research; the highest-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; health care that improves the lives of patients; and broad civic engagement. The university is deeply committed to a campus culture in which faculty, staff, and students feel fully welcome and able to bring their whole selves to this shared enterprise.

Undergraduates have two options when they apply to Emory—the four-year Emory College of Arts and Sciences or the two-year Oxford College experience where students complete the first two years of the bachelor’s degree in a distinctive, small-campus setting. Both of these colleges champion the liberal arts and humanities as foundational to preparing citizens to navigate the complexities of the twenty-first century.

Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center serves as a health research and teaching arm of Emory University, facilitating close collaboration between the university and Emory Healthcare. The center comprises the schools of nursing, public health, and medicine; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Emory’s Global Health Institute; Winship Cancer Institute—a National Cancer Institute–designated center; and Emory Healthcare.

Across all the schools and campuses, Emory students have received many top academic honors. In the past seven years, Emory students have been awarded 55 Fulbright Fellowships, 32 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, eight Goldwater Scholarships, five Schwarzman Scholarships, three Udall Scholarships, two Gates Cambridge Scholarships, two Marshall Scholarships, two Truman Scholarships, two Rhodes Scholarships, and four Beinecke Scholarships. Emory ranks among the top universities of its size in the number of annual Fulbright awards and stands second in NCAA postgraduate scholarships earned by its student athletes.

Emory alumni include a U.S. vice president, a Supreme Court justice, U.S. senators and representatives, governors, university presidents, philanthropists, Pulitzer Prize winners, entrepreneurs, renowned entertainers, and an astronaut. The university’s 153,000 alumni enjoy the benefits of a vibrant worldwide network, facilitated by the Emory Alumni Association.

Emory’s esteemed faculty includes Pulitzer Prize and Lasker Award winners, forty-five members of elite national academies, and two Nobel Laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and President Jimmy Carter, both of whom serve the university as Distinguished Professors. Demonstrating passion and talent for teaching and research, Emory faculty members draw students deeply into the discovery process and collaborate in seeking creative solutions to the needs of their communities and the world.

Campus Resources

Emory University is home to nine world-class libraries and a top art museum. Emory’s library system is ranked in the top 20 of the Association of Research Libraries in North America. Emory’s resources and spaces are expansive and staffed with experts to advance excellence in education and outreach, subject specialties, and technology.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is home to the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence as well as internationally renowned special collections. The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library is Emory’s principal repository for rare and special materials and home to more than 250,000 rare books and more than 15,000 linear feet of manuscript material—with notable depth in modern literature, African American history and culture, and the history of Georgia and the South.

The Pitts Theology Library contains the third-largest collection of theology and religious materials in the country, including extraordinary holdings in rare books and manuscripts. The Michael C. Carlos Museum is one of the oldest and most revered art museums in Georgia with one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artwork, including collections from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The museum’s programming consists of lectures, symposia, workshops, and performances that support academic and interdisciplinary inquiry and development.

Emory in Atlanta

As an international hub for health care, business, arts, and culture, Emory’s research, academic, and service initiatives meaningfully contribute to the Atlanta community. In 2017, the Atlanta City Council approved the university’s request for official annexation into the city of Atlanta that went into effect in 2018, creating an even stronger connection to the city.

Emory is the largest private employer in the Atlanta metropolitan area with 39,763 employees—including 4,200 Emory University faculty and 28,000 Emory Healthcare employees who help multiply Emory’s economic impact throughout the region and the state. Emory University strives to provide a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus as an essential part of a community of academic excellence.

Innovation and discovery, carried out in a uniquely collaborative, academic community creates strong interdisciplinarity across Emory’s schools and centers and fosters equally productive relationships with key organizational partners in the community, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Institute of Technology. Hundreds of research faculty and students collaborate across the institution, in Atlanta, and beyond to solve the critical problems of our time.

Research and Funding

Emory’s research activities benefit society through discoveries that improve and save lives. During the past five years, Emory’s research funding has increased more than 20 percent, and in fiscal year 2020, Emory faculty generated a record $831 million in research funding awards.

Emory is currently in the silent phase of an ambitious comprehensive campaign, consistent in size with other major universities and on track to be very successful. Emory’s endowment was valued at $8.63 billion at the close of fiscal year 2020; strategic investment funds have enabled a striking upward trajectory that sets a promising path for the future. The university’s strong financial status has helped to sustain resources amid the challenges of COVID-19. Emory’s annual operating budget for 2019–2020 was $6.6B.

One Emory

In 2018, Emory launched a strategic framework, One Emory: Engaged for Impact, to help grow Emory’s recognition around the world as a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. The framework is built upon four pillars:

  • Faculty Excellence to foster a culture of eminence that attracts and  inspires scholars of the highest order.
  • Academic Community of Choice to cultivate a thriving campus and a  compelling student experience.
  • Innovative Scholarship through Creative Expression to harness  imagination and discovery to address 21st-century challenges.
  • Atlanta as a Gateway to the World to unleash Emory and Atlanta’s shared future to mobilize change for the world.

The four pillars represent a roadmap to Emory’s future and have been warmly embraced by faculty, students, and staff. One of the first achievements within the framework was to increase support of graduate education by increasing the base stipend for students pursuing PhDs. The increase allows Emory to compete to obtain top graduate students, which directly impacts Emory’s ability to recruit and retain eminent faculty.

In summer 2020, Emory welcomed its new president, Gregory L. Fenves. Fenves most recently served as president of the University of Texas at Austin (UT), one of the largest doctoral-granting institutions in the nation. During a 12-year tenure at UT, Fenves served first as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, ranked among the top 10 engineering schools in the United States, then as provost, and ultimately as president. As president, he made significant strides in graduate education.

At Emory, Fenves has quickly and decidedly addressed key issues and advanced strategic priorities, including leading the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, deeply examining racial and social justice on campus and beyond, and focusing on student engagement to further strengthen the Emory community.