Emory University
#113 Overall Influence#41 Desirability Rank

Emory University

Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

By James Barham, PhD

Emory University is a private, research university originally founded in Oxford, Georgia, in 1836 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as Emory College.

The college was named after the Methodist Episcopal Church bishop, John Emery. In 1915, the school relocated to its current location in Atlanta and assumed its present name.

Today, Emory University comprises about nine academic divisions, including two undergraduate colleges and some seven graduate and professional schools. Among the best known of the latter are the Goizueta Business School and the Candler School of Theology.

Three of the professional schools—the Emory University Medical School, the Neil Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and the Rollins School of Public Health—are parts of an umbrella administrative entity known as the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC).

One of the WHSC’s most noteworthy constituent units is the world-renowned—Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

Among many prominent Emory-associated individuals, we may note the following:

  • Mathematicians, Raman Parimala, Suresh Venapally, Victoria Powers, Vojtěch Rödl & Ken Ono
  • Philosophers, Donald Phillip Verene, Ernst von Glasersfeld & Thomas R. Flynn
  • Theologian, Timothy P. Jackson
  • Poet, Natasha Trethewey
  • Novelist, Carl Hiaasen
  • Young adult author, Lauren Kate
  • Popular musician, Peter Buck
  • Physicist, Eric Weeks
  • Chemists, Jennifer M. Heemstra, Huw Davies & Shuming Nie
  • Microbiologist, Thomas Milton Rivers
  • Immunologists, R. Paul Johnson, Thomas P. Gordon, Shu Hongbing & Edward S. Mocarski
  • Pharmacologist, Marion Sewer
  • Medical imaging researcher, Elizabeth Krupinski
  • Primatologist, Robert Yerkes
  • Chimpanzee language researcher, Duane Rumbaugh
  • Psychologists, Karl Lashley & Drew Westen
  • Historians, C. Vann Woodward, David M. Potter & Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Sociologist, Howard Odum
  • Anthropologist, Melvin Konner
  • Economist, Jacob Mincer
  • Legal and international relations scholars, Harold J. Berman & Mary Louise Dudziak
  • Japanologist, Susan Pharr
  • Korean political thinker and politician, Yun Chi-ho
  • Radio journalist, Kai Ryssdal
  • TV journalist, David Brinkley
  • Coca-Cola Company President, Robert W. Woodruff
  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Desmond Tutu
  • US House of Representatives Speaker, Newt Gingrich
  • US Senators Sam Nunn & Zell Miller
  • 35th US Vice President (under President Harry Truman), Alben Barkley
  • 39th US President, Jimmy Carter

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

27,559

Acceptance

19%

Graduation Rate

91%

Median SAT Score

1435

Median ACT Score

32

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$50,590

Fees (in-state)

$716

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$11,865
30K-48K$10,362
48K-75K$15,337
75K-110K$24,620
110K+$42,732

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$84,400

Employed

91%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

13K

Under-Grads

8K

Graduates

6K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta GA 30322

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

32 per 100k

Violent Crime

1 per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

52 per 100k

Violent Crime

11 per 100k

What is Emory University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#19 World Rank #16 USA Rank
Nursing
#67 World Rank #30 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#48 World Rank #32 USA Rank
Medical
#63 World Rank #34 USA Rank
Law
#72 World Rank #38 USA Rank
Literature
#53 World Rank #38 USA Rank
Political Science
#120 World Rank #42 USA Rank
Philosophy
#91 World Rank #47 USA Rank
Anthropology
#90 World Rank #60 USA Rank
Education
#107 World Rank #65 USA Rank
Psychology
#182 World Rank #68 USA Rank
Mathematics
#138 World Rank #73 USA Rank
Biology
#147 World Rank #73 USA Rank
Sociology
#135 World Rank #74 USA Rank
History
#156 World Rank #74 USA Rank
Economics
#198 World Rank #76 USA Rank
Chemistry
#116 World Rank #89 USA Rank
Business
#194 World Rank #97 USA Rank
Engineering
#189 World Rank #99 USA Rank
Computer Science
#147 World Rank #117 USA Rank
Communications
#511 World Rank #162 USA Rank
Physics

Other areas of influence

#55 World Rank #46 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#112 World Rank #85 USA Rank
Social Work

Influential People

Who are Emory University's Most influential alumni?

Emory University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Nursing, Medical, and Political Science. Emory University’s most academically influential people include Marion L. Brittain, David Brinkley, and Isaac S. Hopkins.

Marion L. Brittain
Marion L. Brittain

Georgia Institute of Technology University president

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David Brinkley
David Brinkley

American journalist

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Isaac S. Hopkins
Isaac S. Hopkins

American academic

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C. Vann Woodward
C. Vann Woodward

Preeminent American historian

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Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen

Journalist, columnist and novelist from the United States

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Jeffrey Burton Russell

American historian

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Hamilton E. Holmes
Hamilton E. Holmes

American physician

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Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

Professor, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

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Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd

Novelist

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Ernst Cadman Colwell

American academic

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Howard W. Odum

American sociologist

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Dumas Malone

American historian and writer

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