A 360 Degree View of Emory University
Located near downtown Atlanta, Emory University is one of the country’s leading private education institutions. Founded in 1836, it is known as one of the world’s top research facilities, too. It was named in honor of John Emory, a Methodist bishop, and the school maintains its religious affiliation to this day.
Emory is made up of eleven schools and colleges, with four of them dedicated to undergrad work. From arts and sciences to law to medicine and nursing, students are guaranteed a comprehensive education.
With a total enrollment of 14,000, Emory’s student body is pretty diverse. While it is a co-ed school, the scales tip slightly in favor of women (close to 60% on average). With such a small campus, they have a great faculty to student ratio of 9:1. Most classes are maxed at 20 students, too. But it’s not easy to get into Emory: they only accept about 25% of their total applicants each year.
Activities & Sports
Emory has 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. The Emory Eagles (whose mascot is named Swoop, how fun is that?) have twenty national championship titles to their credit. Another popular organization on campus is Volunteer Emory. They promote student leadership and social justice.
The Largest Healthcare System
Emory Healthcare, which is the second largest employer in the Atlanta metro area, is also Georgia’s largest healthcare system. Four of the eleven schools in the university system are dedicated to medicine and nursing, both undergrad and graduate. As part of the Woodruff Health Sciences Centers, patients have access to some of the world’s leading researchers, as well as an extensive network of hospitals and clinics.
Things to See Near Campus
Once you’re done checking out the campus, there are plenty of interesting choices in the local area. From hiking to local brews, there’s enough to keep you busy.
The Stone Mountain Memorial Association maintains 15 miles of trails in the Atlanta area. A mix of easy take-your-dog hikes to literally going to the top of Stone Mountain (1600 feet above sea level), there’s a hike for most every skill level. It’s a 30 minute drive from Emory and I think it’s a great way to spend a day.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Just four miles from campus, the botanical gardens are a tranquil, green oasis in the city. And it’s not your usual garden: make sure you check out the fanciful Green Goddess while you’re there. It’s a lovely way to spend a day! I’m the planning-ahead type, so checking their “what’s in bloom?” page is a great way to know what I can expect to see when I visit.
Originally built by the eldest son of the founder of Coca-Cola, Callanwolde is now a 12-acre arts conservatory. With their motto, “Home is where the Art lives”, the Fine Arts Center offers classes and other events throughout the year. If you’d like to catch a local play or concert while you’re in Atlanta, make sure to check their calendar of events.
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Established by the former President, this library and museum houses more than 40 million pages, a million photos, over 2 million feet of film and 2,500 hours of video. In the museum, there’s even a replica of the Oval Office! There are two lakes on the thirty acre site, so there’s plenty of lovely scenery to go with a bit of education.