#106 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

From Wikipedia

Emory University is a private research university in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1836 as "Emory College" by the Methodist Episcopal Church and named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory, Emory is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia. .

Source: Wikipedia


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IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$11,468
30K - 48K$9,629
48K - 75K$19,672
75K - 110K$24,657

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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.

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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 Medical, Biology, and Literature

Ted Gayer

American economist

Young John Allen

Young John Allen

Missionary in China

Charles Stewart III

American political scientist

Samuel T. Logan

American minister

Harlan Crow

American real estate developer

Randall Auxier

Professor of philosophy/Southern Illinois University

Elizabeth O. King


Robert DuPont

American academic

Margot Gayle

Margot Gayle

American historic preservationist

Juan D. Reyes

American lawyer

Nolan Bailey Harmon

American bishop

Nelson Adams

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