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The Essence of Emory


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mory University is a nationally recognized university of some 11,600 students representing all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries. It offers a rewarding environment for the student with serious intellectual and professional interests. The broad liberal arts curriculum includes over 75 majors, 55 minors, 9 pre-professional programs, 10 four-year combined bachelor/master degrees offered in ten disciplines, and 2 combined degrees in engineering.


Emory fosters openness and diversity of thought, experience, and culture. We welcome diversity in all areas, including but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, and physical ability. At Emory we expect our students to do well and also do good for the world. We strive to offer multicultural and gender-balanced education in the curriculum, instruction, and services provided to our students. 


Essence of Academic Life: Emory University is known for an outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools, demanding academics, and state-of-the-art research facilities. Undergraduate programs in humanities, sciences, business, and nursing allow students to explore their talents. Choose between two campuses for freshman and sophomore years — the main campus in Atlanta, or Oxford, where the school was originally founded. By junior year, all students take classes on the main Atlanta campus where you have the opportunity to continue with liberal arts courses or to apply to either the highly regarded business or nursing schools.


Emory students enjoy the resources and facilities you would expect from a major research university combined with the small classes and faculty attention found at a smaller liberal arts college. For example: a student/faculty ratio of 7 to 1; an average class size of 18 students; 90% of classes have fewer than 40 students;  90% of classes are taught by full-time faculty; 99% of the more than 700 professors hold their field’s terminal degree. 


Essence of Diversity: Emory knows that diversity stimulates and improves the intellectual life of our campus. To maintain and foster diversity we offer a variety of cross-cultural academic programs in African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Hebrew, Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society, International Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Persian, Portuguese, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies, and Women’s Studies. 


Emory provides a variety of multicultural student services, organizations, and events.  Organizations include, but are not limited to: Black Student Alliance; Students in Alliance for Asian American Concerns; Latino Student Organization.


The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services is a great asset to students and plans numerous programs and cultural celebrations.  Speakers, entertainers, and guests who have recently visited the campus include: Lalo Alcarez; Nikki Giovanni; OutKast; Maya Angelous; The Dalai Lama; Desmond Tutu; Busta Rhymes; E. Lynn Harris; David Henry Hwang; Margaret Cho; Spike Lee; Cornell West.


Essence of Atlanta, GA: Atlanta is the cultural, technological, and financial hub of the Southeast and the nation, and it can offer seemingly endless sources of entertainment, internships, and jobs after graduation. Students can enjoy the excitement of city life or the quiet of Emory’s green campus located in the historic residential neighborhood 7 miles from downtown.


What others have to say about Emory: The best way to decide if Emory is for you is by visiting the campus or visiting our website and looking at one of the many campus tours. Take a good look for yourself and see what others are saying about Emory:


Since 1980, Emory has shown the largest increase in black enrollment of any of the highest-ranked universities by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE). Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently acknowledged Emory as the second most diverse campus in the nation. Black Issues in Higher Education noted Emory for the number of full-time Hispanic faculty.

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