Emory University

201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-6036
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Founded in 1836 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory University has evolved into one of country’s highest-rated institutions of higher learning. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university, located near Atlanta, Ga., the 20th best college in the nation in its 2012 Best Colleges report. It also ranked it 19th in best value, 23rd of the best business graduate schools, and the 30th best law school. Over the years, Emory University has also built up an impressive list of alumni, which includes former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and four governors.

Programs Offered

With four undergraduate and seven graduate and professional schools, Emory University has an extensive number of options for degree seekers of all levels. Undergraduates can earn degrees in African-American studies, astronomy, Japanese, political science, religion, nursing, business administration, mathematics, and more. Emory University also confers graduate degrees in bioethics, computer science, educational studies, law, anesthesiology, and other fields. Doctoral degrees in business, law, medicine, theology, and nursing are available as well.


Emory University has an extensive list of accreditations that are several decades old. The university has been accredited by the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools since 1917, and 14 of its programs are accredited by special agencies. That includes its graduate program in theology, which has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools since 1938, and its doctoral psychology program, which has held accreditation from the American Psychological Associations since 1968. Its nursing, physical therapy, dental, and law programs are also accredited.


Incoming freshman typically have an average high school GP) of a B+/A-, an average SAT score between 2020 and 2200, or an ACT score between 30 and 33. The admissions board also considers a student’s choice of classes, commitment to extracurricular activities, and their communication with the university. To complete the application process, a prospective student also needs to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, and he or she needs to complete an essay and short answer responses.

Transfer students from two- and four-year colleges are accepted as well, but the requirements for them are different. A transfer student must have completed at least one full academic year before applying, and they need to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The university requires a transfer student to submit all transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a college professor, and a mid-term report, and he or she must complete the online common application. Because the university operates on traditional calendar, the admissions deadlines are usually several months before the semester begins.


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