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Emory University
Emory University Seal.png
The seal of Emory University
MottoCor prudentis possidebit scientiam
Motto in EnglishThe wise heart seeks knowledge
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church[1][2]
Endowment$5.8 billion[3]
PresidentJames W. Wagner
LocationDruid Hills, Georgia, U.S.
33°47′28″N 84°19′24″W / 33.79111°N 84.32333°W / 33.79111; -84.32333Coordinates: 33°47′28″N 84°19′24″W / 33.79111°N 84.32333°W / 33.79111; -84.32333
631 acres (2.6 km²)
ColorsBlue and Gold         
AthleticsNCAA Division III, UAA
NicknameEmory Eagles
AffiliationsSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, AAU
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Emory University
Emory University Seal.png
The seal of Emory University
MottoCor prudentis possidebit scientiam
Motto in EnglishThe wise heart seeks knowledge
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church[1][2]
Endowment$5.8 billion[3]
PresidentJames W. Wagner
LocationDruid Hills, Georgia, U.S.
33°47′28″N 84°19′24″W / 33.79111°N 84.32333°W / 33.79111; -84.32333Coordinates: 33°47′28″N 84°19′24″W / 33.79111°N 84.32333°W / 33.79111; -84.32333
631 acres (2.6 km²)
ColorsBlue and Gold         
AthleticsNCAA Division III, UAA
NicknameEmory Eagles
AffiliationsSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools, AAU
Emory U Logo.svg

Emory University is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The university was founded as Emory College in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia by a small group of Methodists and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. A land-grant by Asa Candler in 1915, then president of The Coca-Cola Company, allowed the small college to move to metropolitan Atlanta and become rechartered as Emory University. The university's mission statement is "to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity."[4]

The university has nearly 3,000 faculty members; awards and honors recognizing Emory faculty include the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.[5] Emory is ranked 20th among national universities in U.S. News & World Report 's 2014 rankings.[6]

The university has nine academic divisions: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and the Candler School of Theology.[7]

The university has more than two million square feet of building space certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and has a commitment to having three-quarters of the food served on campus come from local or sustainable sources by 2015.[8] The university holds the distinction of having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified building space among campuses in America.[8]


Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church near the main entrance of Emory University

In 1836, a small group of Methodists from Newton County contemplated the establishment of a new town and college. The town was named Oxford after the school's prestigious British namesake,[9] which graduated the two founders of Methodism, John and Charles Wesley.[10] The college was named after John Emory, an American Methodist bishop who inspired them.[9]

Events preceding the chartering of Emory College began in 1783, when the Georgia State Legislature provided for the founding of "a college or seminary of learning." However, general support of education in Georgia was meager until the 1830s, when an educational fad in Germany inspired Georgia Methodists to create a school for manual labor.[10] At the Georgia Methodist Conference in 1834, a preacher known as "Uncle Allen" Turner suggested that Georgia Methodists should develop their own school rather than support Randolph-Macon in Virginia.[11] As a result, the Manual Labor School was created in Covington, Georgia in 1835.

On December 10, 1836, the Georgia General Assembly granted the Georgia Methodist Conference a charter to Emory College, named for John Emory, a popular bishop who had presided at the 1834 conference but had died in a carriage accident in 1835.[10] Two years after the chartering, the college opened its doors, and on September 17, 1838, the college's first president, Ignatius Alphonso Few, and three faculty members welcomed fifteen freshmen and sophomores.[11]

Emory College imposed a strict environment during most of the 19th century. By signing their names into the Matriculation Book, students were bound to obey the "Laws and Statutes of the College," which bound students to their rooms during study hours, and forbade them from leaving the town limits without the president's consent and engaging in immoral activities.[10] Until the presidency of Warren Candler in the 1890s, Emory prohibited intercollegiate sports. He thought the practice "evil, only evil, and that continually," his principal objection being the cost of intercollegiate athletic programs, the temptation of gambling, and the distraction from academics.[10] However, he was not unalterably opposed to athletics, and during his presidency he raised funds for the first gymnasium at Emory and oversaw the creation of the nation's first model intramural program.

Candler Library
Emory College quad in Oxford, Georgia
Class of 1908

Emory College was closed briefly during the Civil War. In the autumn of 1861, every student left to fight, and the college's trustees closed for the duration. During the war, the college's buildings saw duty both as a Confederate hospital and Union headquarters.[10] When Emory reopened in January 1866, the school's library was destroyed and its small endowment was depleted.[11] Only with the aid of a state grant could students afford to resume their education.

In the years following the Civil War, Emory, along with the rest of the South, struggled to overcome financial devastation.[9] The first step toward financial stability came in 1880, when Emory President Atticus G. Haygood preached a Thanksgiving Day sermon expressing gratitude for the end of slavery, which captured the attention of George I. Seney, a Brooklyn banker and Methodist. Seney gave Emory College $5,000 to repay its debts, $50,000 for construction, and $75,000 to establish a new endowment.[11] Over the years, Seney invested more than a quarter-million dollars into Emory College, helping to erect the administration building in Oxford that bears his name.

Under President Haygood's direction, Emory College began to offer many technical and professional subjects in addition to courses required for degrees.[12] By the turn of the 21st century, Emory had evolved its traditional liberal arts program into a broad curriculum encouraging students to pursue degrees in science, study in theology and law, and even learning and expertise in technology and tool craft. The technology department was launched by President Isaac Stiles Hopkins, a polymath professor at Emory College, who was later convinced by state legislators to become the first president of what is now the Georgia Institute of Technology.[10]

The course of Emory's history changed dramatically when, in November 1979, Robert and George Woodruff presented the institution with a gift of $105 million in Coca-Cola stock. At the time this was the largest single gift to any institution of higher education in American history, and it made a profound impact on Emory's direction in the next two decades, boosting the university to the top ranks of American research universities.[10]

Emory celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2011.[13]

Alma Mater[edit]

Emory's alma mater was written by J. Marvin Rast in 1918, and is still performed by the school's a cappella groups at commencements, graduations, and other special school events. Every day at noon, the Cox Hall clock tower chimes out the melody to the alma mater.

In the heart of dear old Emory
Where the sun doth shine,
That is where our hearts are turning
’Round old Emory’s shrine.

We will ever sing thy praises,
Sons and daughters true.
Hail we now our Alma Mater,
Hail the Gold and Blue!

Tho’ the years around us gather,
Crowned with love and cheer,
Still the memory of Old Emory
Grows to us more dear.

We will ever sing thy praises,
Sons and daughters true.
Hail we now our Alma Mater,
Hail the Gold and Blue! [14]


Main Quad on Emory's Druid Hills Campus
Michael C. Carlos Hall


Emory is home to 7,836 undergraduates and 6,677 graduate and professional students (Fall 2013).[3]


Admissions to Emory is highly selective; In 2012, the university received over 17,493 applications and had accepted 26.5% of them. The average incoming GPA for most entering freshmen was 3.78 [15] and approximately 87% of incoming freshmen ranked in the Top Tenth of their graduating classes.[16]

Colleges and schools[edit]

Emory College of Arts and Sciences (1836)

Emory College of Arts and Sciences, established in 1836, offers some five dozen majors.[17] Undergraduates must complete general education requirements that are designed to expose all students to a variety of topics, including physical and social sciences, the humanities, and foreign languages.[18] About two in five students study abroad.[19]

Emory students have been recognized with academic honors such as the Fulbright, Marshall, Mellon, National Science Foundation, Rhodes, Rockefeller and Rotary programs.[20] The campus houses a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic honor society.[21]

The five-year dual-degree program in engineering, offered in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, allows Emory students to enroll in engineering classes at Georgia Tech. Students typically graduate with a degree from Emory College or the Goizueta Business School and an engineering degree from Georgia Tech.[22]

For the undergraduate class of 2017, Emory received 17,705 applications, with a 26.5 percent acceptance rate. The average total SAT score for the admitted first-year class was 2000-2230.[23]

Oxford College (1836 / 1919)

Prospective undergraduates may apply to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences or to Emory's Oxford College, which is located about 40 miles (64 km) from the university's main campus and is the site of Emory’s founding. Oxford, with about 900 students, offers the opportunity to experience a smaller campus community. Typically, students graduate from Oxford after four semesters and continue to the Druid Hills campus, where they may become juniors in Emory College or apply for admission to the Goizueta School of Business or the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.[24]

For the Oxford class of 2015 (which will go on to receive Emory undergraduate degrees in 2017), 40 percent of the 6,889 applicants were accepted. The average total SAT score for the admitted first-year class was 1860-2120.[25]

Goizueta Business School (1919)

Emory's Business School, named Goizueta Business School in the 1990s, offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration program,[26] several Master of Business Administration programs,[27] and the option of pursuing a PhD.[28]

Rising undergraduate juniors may apply for admission to Goizueta's BBA program.[29] In Fall 2012, 717 undergraduate students and 795 graduate students were enrolled at Goizueta. The MBA Class of 2012 graduated with an average base salary of $103,453. Ninety-eight percent of the graduating class had offers and ninety-six percent of the graduates accepted the job offers at three months post graduation. For the BBA program, the average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $60,112. 91% of those seeking employment had received at least 1 job offer 3 months out from graduation. In addition, 6% were enrolling in graduate or professional programs.[30]

Laney Graduate School (1919)
Matheson Reading Room

The Laney Graduate School, named in 2009 after former University President James T. Laney,[31] is home to advanced degree programs in more than four dozen specialties, a number of these offered in partnership with the university's other schools.[32]

As of December 2012, 2,003 students were enrolled, 85.87% of which were pursuing a PhD; for the fall 2012 entering class, 13.28% of the 4,460 applicants to a Graduate School PhD program were accepted.[31]

School of Law (1916)

Students in the Emory University School of Law may earn a Doctor of Law degree (JD), a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) or one of several dual degrees.[33]

In Fall 2012, 889 students were enrolled in the School of Law.[30] Of the 3,944 applicants for the Class of 2015, 253 enrolled. The median GPA was 3.7 and the median LSAT score was a 165.[34]

School of Medicine (1854)

The Emory University School of Medicine curriculum was developed for the James B. Williams Medical Education Building that opened in 2007. In addition to the MD degree, the school offers several joint degree and allied health programs.[35]

The School of Medicine received more than 6,800 applications in 2013 for 138 first-year medical students positions.[36]

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (1905)
Historic Lantern on the Emory University Gates

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers the BSN, a range of MSN degrees and a PhD program. One of these is an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science of Nursing program.[37] Rising undergraduate juniors may apply for admission to the nursing school.

In Fall 2012, 264 undergraduates and 190 graduate students were enrolled in the School of Nursing.[30]

Rollins School of Public Health (1990)

Students in the Rollins School of Public Health may earn a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Public Health, the PhD and numerous dual-degree programs.[38]

In Fall 2012, 1,018 students were enrolled at the school.[30]

Candler School of Theology (1914)

The Candler School of Theology, a United Methodist Church seminary, offers four degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Students may also pursue one of several joint degrees.[39]

In Fall 2012, 483 students were enrolled at the School of Theology.[30]

Reputation and rankings[edit]

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[41]20
Washington Monthly[42]26

U.S. News and World Report, in its 2014 rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, placed Emory 20th in the national university rankings.[6] The same publication has ranked Emory as high as 9th in the past.[46]

The school is included on The Princeton Review’s list of the 371 best colleges in the United States and was named one of the publication’s best schools in the Southeast.[47] The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings place Emory 80th in the world.[48] In 2011, USA Today ranked Emory #1 on its list of "The 10 best American colleges for writers".[49] According to Bloomberg Businessweek's 2011 BBA rankings, Emory's Goizueta Business School is ranked at #3, receiving its highest ranking ever on this list.[50]

Many of the graduate schools of Emory University are ranked as some of the best and most competitive in their fields by U.S. News & World Report. For the 2014 edition, Rollins School of Public Health was ranked 6th; the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was ranked 21st; the Goizueta Business School was ranked 18th; the School of Law was ranked 23rd; the School of Medicine was ranked 22nd for research and 29th for primary care.[51] For 2013, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (with Georgia Tech) program was ranked 2nd.[52]

According to U.S. News, on August 12, 2012, "Emory University acknowledged today that it had intentionally supplied incorrect ranking data, including average SAT scores, ACT scores, and high school class standing of incoming freshmen, to U.S. News from 2000 through 2011." "The school also misreported the same data on other surveys, including to the U.S. Department of Education and many other publishers, such as College Board and Peterson's."[53] U.S. News concluded, "Our preliminary calculations show that the misreported data would not have changed the school's ranking in the past two years and would likely have had a small to negligible effect in the several years prior. We will continue to review the matter."[53] U.S. News has ranked Emory as high as 9th in the national university rankings in the past, prior to the period where Emory had intentionally provided incorrect ranking data.[46] Forbes in 2013 removed Emory from their listings for a two year period as penalty for the school's dishonesty.[54]

Community education[edit]

Emory Continuing Education offers certificate programs, computer training, professional development, personal enrichment, and corporate and senior education opportunities for those in the pursuit of lifelong learning, including certification programs, computer training and professional development.[55]

The Emory Pre-College Program offers summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. College-bound students may take two-week non-credit courses and six-week credit courses.[56]

Student life[edit]

Residential life[edit]

Emory requires its students to live on campus for the first two years of undergraduate life, with defined options for freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may elect to live off-campus or continue in campus housing.[57]

Fraternities have existed on Emory's campus as early as 1840. One early chronicler makes the case that Emory's "temple" of the Mystic Seven may have been the first chapter of a national fraternity established anywhere in the South. Today, the Greek-letter sororities and fraternities play an important part in leavening Emory's campus life. For undergraduates, Greek life comprises approximately 30% of the Emory student population. The Office of Greek Life recognizes and regulates on-campus chapters of fraternities and sororities.[58] Fraternities have on-campus housing located on Eagle Row, and Sorority Village, a series of townhouses, faces the fraternity houses.[59] Greek Life is an important social engagement for students, but it is not totally exclusive—students from different sororities and fraternities regularly socialize, and the college's emphasis on on-campus housing helps students make friends inside and outside the Greek system.


Lord Dooley, the "Lord of Misrule" and the "Spirit of Emory," serves as the University's unofficial mascot.[60] Dooley is a skeleton who dresses in black. The original Lord Dooley was an actual skeleton from a biology/anatomy classroom. Throughout the years, Lord Dooley has been awarded several academic degrees by the University, including an MM, MPH, JD, BS, BA, PhD, MBA, and MDiv. He is currently conducting research in higher education and the afterlife.[61]

Each year in the spring, during "Dooley's Week," Lord Dooley roams Emory's campus, flanked by "bodyguards" dressed in black ("Dooley's guards"), and lets students out of class with unscheduled appearances in classrooms. Before he dismisses a class, however, Dooley offers the class's professor an opportunity to retain his students by correctly answering a question about his own rich history. A spokesperson amongst the bodyguards walks with him to deliver his messages, as Lord Dooley himself never speaks. He adopts the first name and middle initial of the University's current president; Dooley's current full name is Lord James W. Dooley, after James W. Wagner. Dooley's Week culminates with "Dooley's Ball," a grand celebration, in which students dress in costume, that takes place in the center of campus on McDonough Field.

After every official appearance, Lord Dooley leads students in reciting his famous motto:

Presidents may come, and presidents may go
Professors may come, and professors may go
Students may come, and students may go
But Dooley lives forever![62]

Community service[edit]

The university received the 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service, which is the highest federal recognition given to higher education institutions for their commitment to community service, service-learning and civic engagement.[63]

About 25% of Emory students participate in Volunteer Emory, Emory's umbrella community service group. As one of the most popular groups on campus, Volunteer Emory offers dozens of ways to serve the community, working with varied organizations including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta, PAWS Atlanta, and Jones Boys and Girls Club.[64]

Emory Cares International Service Day brings together students, alumni and other community members to volunteer at a number of projects organized by Emory and its many partners around the city of Atlanta and in cities worldwide.[65]

Student organizations[edit]

Clock tower at Cox Hall

Hundreds of student clubs and organizations operate on Emory's campus. These include numerous student government, special interest, and service organizations.

The Student Government Association (SGA) charters and provides most of the funding for other student groups, and represents students' interests when dealing with the administration.[66] The SGA oversees divisional councils, each coinciding with the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools of the university. Notable among these are the College Council (CC) which handles students concerns primarily for the undergraduate body of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and annually sponsors the State of Race event, and the BBA Council which does similar activities for the Goizueta Business School BBA Program. The Student Programming Council (SPC) is the school's primary programming organization, responsible for planning five events every year: Homecoming Week, Fall Band Party, Spring Band Party, Swoopstock and Dooley's Week.[67]

The Emory Wheel, Emory's undergraduate student newspaper, has been continually published since 1919. It is financially independent from the university, covering its costs from self-generated advertising sales.[68][69] WMRE, Emory's student operated radio station, began broadcasting in 1989. Although it was initially only available to on-campus listeners, it now enjoys a worldwide audience.[70] The Emory Spoke, Emory's nationally-renowned college humor publication, was founded in 1976. [71] The Spoke produces weekly web content in addition to a semesterly magazine. [72]

Emory also has several secret societies—the Paladin Society, the D.V.S. Senior Honor Society, Ducemus, Speculum, and the Order of Ammon.[73]


Students may engage in the performing and fine arts as an area of academic study or as extracurricular activities. Undergraduates may pursue a major in the performing arts (dance, theater, or music) or in film studies, art history, visual arts, or creative writing.[74] Graduate programs in art history, film studies, and music are offered.[75]

There are more than 50 student organizations dedicated to the arts. Students can explore artistic interests as diverse as architecture, breakdancing, poetry, and improvisational comedy.[76]

Emory routinely hosts arts events in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts that are open to the Emory and Atlanta communities. Recent performances include Bang on a Can All-Stars (a side project of drummer Glenn Kotche from the rock band Wilco), jazz performer Esperanza Spalding, and New York’s Cedar Lake Dance Company. A program called Creativity Conversations brings artistic minds to campus to discuss art and the creative process. Guests have included Philip Glass, Jimmy Carter, Salman Rushdie, Seamus Heaney and Rita Dove.[77][78][79] Rita Dove also gave the keynote address at Emory's 2013 Commencement.[80]


Athletics logo

Emory ranks among top schools in both the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best national universities and the Directors Cup of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for best all-around athletics program.[81]

Emory's 18 varsity sports teams, known as the Eagles, are members of the NCAA’s Division III University Athletic Association (UAA). However, Emory does not have an intercollegiate football team.[82]

The intramural sports program provides an athletic outlet for the entire Emory community. Emory has numerous club sports[83] and a variety of recreational and competitive intramural teams.[84] The Outdoor Emory Organization sponsors weekend trips of outdoor activities such as rafting, rock climbing and hiking.[85]


Surrounding area[edit]

Emory's main campus is located in Druid Hills section of unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia,[86][87] a suburban community near Atlanta. Emory’s main campus is about a 15-minute drive from downtown and midtown Atlanta as well as the Buckhead area. The Atlanta metropolitan area, with more than 5.5 million people, is the third largest in the Southeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.[88] Atlanta is home to the world headquarters of corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Delta Air Lines, and Turner Broadcasting. Atlanta has the country's fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have business operations in the metropolitan area.[89] Popular attractions in the Atlanta area include, the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium,[90] The World of Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art and CNN Center. Atlanta is also home to The Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10k with a field capped at 60,000 runners, as well as the National Black Arts Festival, a celebration of African American music, film, visual art, dance and literature, that takes place every summer in Atlanta.[91]


Aerial View of Emory University Campus in Atlanta

The university has one of the largest inventories by square footage of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building space among campuses in the United States.[92] New buildings on Emory’s campus must comply with the guidelines set by U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The university also has a policy to preserve more than half the campus as undeveloped green space. For every tree removed for new construction, another must be planted.[93]

Emory is committed to having three-quarters of the food served on campus come from local or sustainable sources by 2015.[94] Emory’s campus has several small educational gardens, where fresh produce is grown. These gardens are meant to increase awareness about local food and remind members of the community that they can reduce fossil fuel use by eating locally. The upkeep of the gardens is the responsibility of members of the Emory community. During the school year, a seasonal farmers market hosts local farmers and vendors.[95]

The Druid Hills campus has a pedestrian-only center. The Cliff shuttle system provides transportation for students, faculty and staff.[96] Alternative transportation is encouraged through initiatives such as Bike Emory and Zipcar, a company that rents cars for short-term use.[97]

Students have the option of completing a minor in sustainability. This includes courses on the social, environmental and economic elements of sustainability, as well as a hands-on component, such as research or an internship.[98]


Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Carlos Museum houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the Southeast, with works from ancient Egypt, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia. The museum has been adding to its collection since 1876, when a small museum was opened on the Oxford campus.[99] Its permanent collection includes such pieces as an influential statue of Aphrodite from the 1st century BC., which was in two parts until it was fixed by a Carlos employee.[100] One of the most notable exhibitions that the Carlos Museum has had was an exhibition about Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun ("King Tut"), which was on display for the first time in 26 years.[101] Students may visit the Carlos Museum for free. Many of the curators teach courses at the University and faculty in other departments, including dance and physics, often use the museum as part of their curriculum.

Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library (MARBL)

Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff University Library has been ranked #13 in the nation, according to The Princeton Review.[102] The library’s tenth floor is home to MARBL, which has rare materials relating to literature, African American history and culture, and Southern and Georgia history. Notable pieces of the MARBL collection include a rare first edition of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe,[103] as well as works by Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, W.B. Yeats, and Seamus Heaney. All students have complete access to MARBL and members of the public may also use the library. Many of these authors become subjects of exhibitions in Schatten Gallery, which is located on the third floor of Woodruff Library and houses various displays throughout the year.

Lullwater Preserve

Lullwater Preserve features more than 100 acres (0.40 km2) of green space including woods, walking trails and a lake. The home of the University president and his family, Lullwater House is located here. The only vehicles allowed are those that have received special permission because they are visiting the president’s house.[104] The property was originally the estate of Walter T. Candler, son of Coca-Cola co-founder Asa Griggs Candler.

Yerkes National Primate Research Center

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is one of only eight National Institutes of Health–funded national primate research centers. Between its two locations—the main center on Emory’s Druid Hills campus and a secondary location in Lawrenceville, Ga.—the Center has nearly 3,400 nonhuman primates and 13,000 rodents. Since 1930, the Center has been conducting research in the fields of microbiology and immunology, neurologic diseases, neuropharmacology, behavioral, cognitive and developmental neuroscience, and psychiatric disorders. Current research includes developing vaccines for infectious and noninfectious diseases, treating drug addiction, and increase understanding of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's diseases.[105][106]

The Carter Center

Emory is partnered with the Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to further human rights. Carter usually visits Emory’s campus several times throughout the year. Most notably, he hosts Carter Town Hall, an open-forum event for all first-year students.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Emory University School of Medicine

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts hosts professional and student-run performances throughout the year.[107] In addition to various practice facilities and smaller performance spaces, The Schwartz Center now includes Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall, which has 825 seats and a large pipe organ.

Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia’s first and only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. The Winship Cancer institute was founded in 1937 with a gift from Robert Woodruff, the former president of Coca-Cola, after he lost his mother to cancer that year.[108] For over 65 years, the mission of the Winship Cancer Institute has been to bring together researchers, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, engineers, and social workers with the goal of preventing, treating, and curing cancer. Divisions at Winship Cancer Institute include radiation oncology, surgical oncology, hematology, and medical oncology. In 2009, Winship Cancer Institute was the first in Georgia to use a new and faster radiation system, called RapidArc, which can reduce treatment times and deliver a complete treatment in a single rotation of the machine around the patient.[108] In 2006, the National Cancer Institute selected the Emory and Georgia Tech joint research program as one of seven National Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology.[109]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Emory alumni include:[110] Alben Barkley (BA 1900), 35th Vice President of the United States, Newt Gingrich (BA 1965), 58th Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lee Hong-koo (BA 1959), 26th Prime Minister of South Korea, Leah Ward Sears (JD 1980) former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II) (BA 1845), former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and Bill Haslam (BA 1980), current Governor of Tennessee. In academia, Isaac Stiles Hopkins (BA 1859) and Robert Stewart Hyer (BA 1881, MA 1882), founding presidents of Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Methodist University, respectively, Andrew D. Holt (BA 1927), 16th President of the University of Tennessee, Arthur Hollis Edens (BA 1928, MA 1938), 3rd President of Duke University and Howard Lamar (BA 1945), 21st president of Yale University. Business alum include former longtime president of the Coca Cola Company, Robert Woodruff, John Chidsey (MBA, JD), Chairman and CEO of Burger King, C. Robert Henrikson (JD 1972), Chairman and CEO of MetLife, Kenneth Cole (BA 1976), clothing designer and founder of Kenneth Cole Productions, Raymond W. McDaniel Jr. (JD), Chairman and CEO of Moody's Corporation.

Author Salman Rushdie having a discussion with Emory University students

In arts and entertainment, Ernie Harwell, longtime announcer for the Detroit Tigers and member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, members of the Grammy winning folk rock group the Indigo Girls and Adam Richman (BA), actor and host of the television show Man vs. Food. Pulitzer Prize winning writers C. Vann Woodward (BA 1930), author of The Strange Career of Jim Crow, Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner Mike Dupee (BS 1988), and Dumas Malone (BA 1910) are also alumni, the latter also being the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Multi-platinum, Grammy Awards nominated recording artist Keri Hilson attended Oxford College of Emory University. Medical and scientific alumni include Eugene Stead (BS 1928, MD 1932), founder of the physician assistant profession, Arnall Patz (BA 1943, MD 1945), ophthalmology researcher and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who discovered that oxygen therapy causes blindness in infants, Sonny Carter (BS 1969, MD 1973), NASA astronaut, Robert Simpson (MA 1935), meteorologist and co-developer of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Among notable athletes, Bobby Jones (Law 1929), the only golfer to win a Grand Slam, founder of the Masters Golf Tournament, and often considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Distinguished faculty members include[111] former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, New York Times bestselling author Nathan McCall,[112] Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.[113]

See also[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • "Emory University", in New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 1, 2006.
  • "Emory University", in Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, ed. C. R. Wilson and William Ferris (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989).
  • English, Thomas H. Emory University 1915–1965: A Semicentennial History. Atlanta: Emory University, 1966.
  • Gleason, Jan. "Emory ranked 9th-best national university by U.S. News & World Report magazine" in Emory Report 50, no. 1 (1997).
  • Hauk, Gary S. A Legacy of Heart and Mind: Emory since 1836 (Atlanta: Emory University, developed and produced by Bookhouse Group, Inc., 1999).
  • Young, James Harvey. "A Brief History of Emory University", in Emory College Catalog 2003–2005 (Atlanta: Emory University Office of University Publications, 2003), 9–15.

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