Emory University is recognized internationally as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action. The University consists of an outstanding liberal arts college, highly ranked professional schools, and one of the largest and more comprehensive healthcare systems in the Southeast.
Emory is enriched by the legacy and energy of Atlanta, whose downtown is located 15 minutes away. There are 12,134 students enrolled at Emory, about half pursuing undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts, nursing, or business and the rest enrolled in graduate and professional programs. A palpable sense of community and social connection exists on campus; and because of Emory's size, students are nurtured in a way not possible at larger institutions.
Emory has a long tradition of emphasizing fine teaching. It is the most ethnically and religiously diverse university of the top 20 national research universities and is the only one that remains religiously chartered. Emory was founded by the Methodist Church in 1836 at Oxford, Georgia, where Oxford College of Emory still operates. In 2006, Emory University was ranked as the 18th best university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; it was also named one of America's "New Ivies" by the Newsweek Kaplan College Guide.
Just a few miles from campus, Atlanta is a bustling cosmopolitan city with international flare and southern hospitality. As Georgia's capital, it offers an array of activities to keep you busy all year long. Atlanta is a political, health care, and cultural center, with numerous festivals and diverse restaurants. It is home to Coca-Cola, CNN, Delta Airlines, Turner Broadcasting, UPS, and Home Depot, as well as Thrashers hockey, Hawks basketball, Falcons football, and Braves baseball.
Emory is only a few hours' drive to the mountains or the ocean - making it easy to take weekend excursions to Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, northern Florida, the Great Smoky Mountains, and other popular destinations.