EmoryEmory University, founded in 1836, is a leading private research institution. Considered one of the top 20 universities in the nation, Emory is known for providing undergraduates with multiple options for their programs of study. Located in the suburb of Druid Hills near downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the majority of students choose to stay on the 630-acre campus for all four years. The school’s undergrad population numbers just over 7,100.

Emory is considered unique for the way undergraduate students go about focusing on a major. As freshmen, they can apply to Emory College, which focuses on a liberal arts education. They can also apply to Oxford College, where they spend their first two years on the original campus 38 miles from Atlanta. Their junior and senior years are then spent at the main campus. These students can also apply to the Goizueta Business School for junior year admission or to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing which is consistently ranked one of the top private nursing schools in the country. Instead of choosing a major freshman year as most other colleges do, students end up selecting a focused field of study as juniors. There are over 70 majors and 50 minors as well as 13 pre-professional programs at Emory. The most popular majors are social sciences, business/marketing, biological/life sciences and health professions, and related programs.

Aside from academics, Emory University offers a wide variety of extracurricular and social activities. There is a thriving Greek life population, with about 23 percent of students participating in a sorority or fraternity. Fraternities began at Emory University in 1840, and are now housed in on-campus residencies called Eagle Row (for fraternities) and Sorority Village. The Greek societies often socialize together, and students note that it is equally easy to make friends in and out of the Greek system.

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Emory also places a large focus on community service. It’s often noted as one of the leading schools for student service activities. About 25 percent of students are members of Volunteer Emory, which works with multiple organizations including Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta, PAWS Atlanta, and Jones Boys and Girls Club. There is also an Emory Cares International Service Day where students and alumni work to improve dozens of communities around the world. Although Emory doesn’t have a football team, they do have 19 varsity teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III level.

With a flexible academic program and a variety of on-campus activities, Emory has become known for its committed faculty and hardworking students. Those looking for a school in an urban setting should check out Emory’s main campus. That location, along with Emory College and Oxford College, provides multiple sites for research and intense studies for undergraduate students.


Acceptance Rate

Emory acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Emory University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Emory University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision
Early decision I application deadline: November 1.
Applicants are notified December 15.
Early decision II application deadline: January 1.
Applicants are notified February 15.

Regular Decision
Regular decision deadline: January 1.
Applicants are notified April 1.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 28,517
Enrolled: 1,374
Yield: 29.3%
Acceptance rate: 16.6%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) ED1 applicants: 1,975
Admitted: 769
ED acceptance rate: 38.9%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 1,231
Admitted: 289
Acceptance rate for transfer applicants: 23.5%

Waitlist Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,731
Admitted: 168
Acceptance rate for waitlisted applicants: 4.5%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.8
Top 10% of High School: 84%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1390-1510
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-740
SAT Math: 690-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-34

Standardized Test Requirements

Emory does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Emory does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Emory does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Emory University graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Emory score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 81.8%
5 years: 87.5%
6 years: 90.0%

Loan default rate: 1.5%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 19

Salary after attending: $66,000

R&D Expenditures: $712.4 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 17
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 38
Car thefts: 4

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Emory University financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $70,772

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $75,424

Net Cost
Average: $25,942

By income
$0 to $30,000: $11,468
$30,001 to $48,000: $9,629
$48,001 to $75,000:$19,672
$75,001 to $110,000: $24,657
$110,001 and more: $43,267

Graduates with student debt: 35%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,889

Student Body

Student Residence

Student to Faculty Ratio

Emory University student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Emory University student population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

Women: 60%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 62%
20 to 39: 21%
40 to 99: 14%
100+: 3%

Student Population
Total: 14,417
Undergraduate: 7,118

Student Residence
In State: 15%
Out of State: 67%
International: 18%

Emory University student population

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This page was last updated in December 2020.