Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,086
Institutional Type: Private
Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible
Academic Rating: 4.5
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Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology
1. American Express
3. Turner Construction
5. BNP Paribas
2. Booz Allen Hamilton
5. Social Services
1. Centers for Disease Control
2. New York City
3. Washington, DC
4. San Francisco
College Scorecard (Early Career): $66,000
EOP (Early Career): $67,800
PayScale (Mid-Career): $110,800
Widely viewed as a “Southern Ivy,” Emory University hosts almost 8,000 elite undergraduates on its Atlanta-based campus. To be more geographically precise, the prestigious school, which boasts the sixteenth largest endowment of any university in the United States, is located in the Druid Hills section of Atlanta, home to the Centers for Disease Control as well as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the entire state of Georgia. This mid-size university offers an diverse array of majors (70+) and minors (50+), and more than half of Emory students pursue more than one area of study.
All freshmen must complete a first-year seminar in which they are tasked with stretching their critical thinking and research skills as they explore one of a series of fascinating topics in an intimate setting with a faculty member. The immersion and support don’t stop there; all freshmen also must take a one-credit advising program called PACE (Pre-Major Advising Connections at Emory) in which they work with a faculty advisor and peer mentor to explore academic pathways. Ultimately, the greatest number of students go on to earn degrees in the social sciences (17 percent), business (16 percent), biology (14 percent), mathematics (7 percent), and psychology (5 percent).
One unique feature of Emory is that one of its undergraduate divisions, Oxford College, about forty-five minutes away, functions as a small liberal arts college for freshmen and sophomores. Oxford students knock out many of their lower-level courses before declaring a major and attending upper-level courses at Emory. No matter which school you attend, hands-on learning opportunities abound. A healthy 56 percent of Emory’s student body works directly with a faculty member on academic research. Also noteworthy is the fact that 60 percent of courses have class sizes of under twenty students, a number comparable to many smaller liberal arts colleges.
Emory is notable for its renowned Woodruff School of Nursing and Goizueta School of Business. It also routinely rates well in biology, neuroscience, creative writing, and political science. Undergrads at Emory have a strong history of winning national awards; the school boasted fourteen Fulbright Scholars in the last year alone and has produced twenty Rhodes Scholars in its history. Further, Emory churns out more Teach for America candidates than any other mid-size school in the United States, and it is also a leading producer of students who join the Peace Corps upon graduation.
Ninety-nine percent of freshmen and 63 percent of all undergraduates reside in university-owned housing. Many also live in Greek houses as 28 percent of men pledge fraternities and 25 percent of women join sororities. Emory claims over 550 student-run clubs and sports teams, and Oxford College adds another eighty to that diverse list. Volunteer Emory organizes twenty to thirty service trips per week, and over 80 percent of students participate in one or more of the opportunities for community service each year. If you are looking for top-of-the-line collegiate athletics, Emory may not be a great fit. Despite the absence of nationally televised football games, roughly 400 non-scholarship athletes compete in a variety of Division III athletic competitions. Another 600+ students compete in one or more of Emory’s club sports, which include everything from flag football to golf to swimming. Impressive amenities, such as two Olympic-size swimming pools and a rock climbing arena, also are available for recreational use. Notable campuswide events include Wonderful Wednesdays, a weekly open-invite celebration that can include anything from a petting zoo to a volunteer fair and an annual town hall with former President Jimmy Carter. Off campus there is something for everyone with Atlanta’s nightlife and natural beauty (a nature trail begins on Oxford’s campus) right in your backyard.
The Career Center at Emory is staffed by thirteen full-time professional employees as well as four additional full-time staff members who exclusively serve business majors at Goizueta. That equates to a student-to-advisor ratio of 417:1, slightly below average compared to the other institutions included in this book. Spring and fall job fairs are well attended (over 1,000 students each), and approximately 200 companies recruit on campus each year. Each year, more than 12,000 jobs and internships are posted on Handshake, 350+ events are held, and 1,500 one-on-one counseling sessions take place.
Typical career-prep services are available to undergraduate students. Resumes, cover letters, and personal statements can be submitted online for editing by a staff member with fairly quick turnaround times. High Five networking events are held at least once a year for ten career categories including legal, data science, green, STEM, and government and public policy. A full slate of guests, many of whom are Emory alums, discuss their careers with undergraduate attendees. At any time, students can access alumni as well as internship opportunities through their Handshake account. Emory Connects: Career Discovery Days provides students with job- shadowing opportunities in the Atlanta area. Professional Outcomes
Within three months of graduation, 43 percent of Emory grads are already employed, and 92 percent have arrived at their next destination. The top ten employers of Emory’s last year's Class include Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Google, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, and Accenture. Past graduating classes have had a significant number of Eagles (the schools lesser-known mascot) land at Deloitte, PwC, the Home Depot, Facebook, and the Coca- Cola Company. Teach for America is the largest employer of the previous three graduating classes. While a healthy number of Emory grads found employment in Georgia, the top destinations for last year's Class included non-Southern locales New York City, DC, LA, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Graduates of the Goizueta Business School found strong starting salaries with the majority going into either finance (median salary: $80k) or consulting (median salary: $69k). Eighty-eight percent of graduates from the Woodruff School of Nursing found employment within three months at an average salary of $53k.
A healthy number of Emory grads pursue further education upon graduation. Last year, more than ten Emory grads/alums received acceptance letters from the following top law schools: Columbia, Berkeley, Michigan, Northwestern, and Georgetown. Every one of the forty-three seniors who applied directly to law school received at least one acceptance. Med school acceptances included Duke, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, and USC. Overall, the most commonly attended graduate schools included Emory itself, Columbia, Duke, University of Chicago, NYU, Penn, Harvard, and Stanford.
• “You are really close to a very good airport, [Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport], which I didn’t think
about when applying to college.”
• “It’s close enough to the city of Atlanta but far enough away to feel like you’re not in the middle of the city. It’s a
10-15-minute drive to downtown Atlanta.”
• “There is a lot of culture in Atlanta. There are emerging art movements and little nooks that are great.”
• “It’s a really nice neighborhood. The Druid Hills area is pretty safe.”
• “There is not a lot of late night stuff going on, so if you want to get food late at night, you are kind of out of luck.”
• “There is poor public transportation.”
• “Off-campus housing can be pretty expensive so it can be difficult to find an affordable place nearby.”
• “Atlanta is not very representative of what being in Georgia is like. It’s very diverse but is also pretty segregated,
so I wish there was more integration of the communities I don’t see every day.”
• “The campus is beautiful. We have marble buildings and every year I’ve been here they’ve been building new
• “The quality of professors you get is unparalleled and they care about your success.”
• “Great financial aid.”
• “It’s a very diverse space with different identities represented.”
• “Emory’s location is very, very good. It has a traditional campus but is in a major city. It has the perfect balance.”
• “Emory is becoming a well-renowned and prestigious university. Your degree will be pretty valuable as far as
name recognition and career prospects are concerned.”
• “Sometimes you miss the college game day experience that doesn’t exist at Emory.”
• “If you have an interest in being social but not Greek life, it’s probably not the place for you.”
• “We don’t have a lot of school spirit. If you’re looking for school spirit and parties every weekend, you’re not
going to get that here.”
• “If you want to live on-campus all 4 years, most Emory students usually move off campus their junior or senior
year.” [On campus housing is not guaranteed for juniors and seniors.]
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