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Emory University is one of the country’s private, not-for-profit educational institutions. This large university is home to several well-known institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which gives the campus some well-deserved renown. Most, if not all of the schools on campus are devoted to health or medical care of one type or another. If you look at a map of the campus, you’ll see buildings such as Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University Department of Biology and others.

Overview of Emory University

As a student, you’ll be able to venture into Atlanta to find activities you enjoy, such as visiting Six Flags over George or Sweetwater Creek State Park. You may also appreciate Atlanta’s size as well as the easy access you’ll have to other activities or communities nearby.

With Emory’s focus on health and medical care, it may not shock you to learn that Emory University’s Carnegie classification in doctoral universities denotes that they have very high research activity. The school has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Student enrollment is 14,458 and the student-faculty ratio is a very low 9 to 1. This means that you can expect to be able to contact professors without trouble should you need help.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 9:1
Graduation Rate 90%
Year Founded 1836

Student Enrollment

Total Students14,458


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,834
Female 4,252

Graduate Student

Male 2,949
Female 4,423

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Emory Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 11,956
Female 18,061


Male 2,033
Female 2,709

Acceptance Rate16%

Male 17%
Female 15%

Enrollment 1,105

Male 265
Female 243
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

College is expensive. Both you and your parents may be dreading the total price for even one academic year. At Emory, your total price for that year could be as high as $72,600. This covers tuition (in- and out-of-state), books, supplies, room/board, and other costs.

You likely won’t have to pay all of that cost. As long as you apply for financial aid and show that you have a financial need, you could receive grants, work-study, or scholarships. Student loans are also an option, but you should reserve these for a last option due to the interest you’ll be required to pay as you pay them off.

Once financial aid has paid out, you and your parents will still have the average net price left. For a recent academic year, this was $25,924. However, the amount of financial aid a family can receive depends on their income, as you can see below.

  • Families who earn up to $30,000 pay around $11,468
  • Families who earn between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $9,629
  • Families who earn between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $19,672
  • Families who earn between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $24,657
  • Families who earn $110,001 or more pay around $43,267
Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $25,942
Average Total Aid $43,560
Students Receiving Financial Aid 61%
Room & Board $14,972

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $53,804
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $53,804
  • Books and Supplies - $1,224
  • Room & Board - $14,972
  • Other - $2,604


In your first year, you’ll find yourself adjusting to a new, hectic schedule that may be exhausting. You may even decide to return for your second, third, and fourth years of college. By returning for your second year of school, you add to the school’s retention rate, which is the percentage of first-time students who go back to the same school for their sophomore year of school. At Emory, this is 95%. This is an indicator that those who attend appreciate the education they receive.

Of the total number of students enrolled, about 7,066, or 49%, are undergraduates and 7,372, or 51%, are graduate students. As you look down the road toward graduation, you’ll see about 82% of your student-peers graduating at the end of their fourth year; about 90% of those remaining hang on and graduate after 6 years of school.

If students need to work during the day to keep bills paid or support their family, they have the option to take evening classes. Or, they may decide to take some courses in the online format (distance learning). Emory University offers this option as well.

Student Population Total

Student Population 14,458

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 386 Total Graduates / 19%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 84 Graduates
Accounting 33 Graduates
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 3 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 338 Total Graduates / 16%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 199 Graduates
Neuroscience 139 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 291 Total Graduates / 14%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 84 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 80 Graduates
Anthropology 38 Graduates
Sociology 27 Graduates
Economics, General 21 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 286 Total Graduates / 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 272 Graduates
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 14 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 101 Total Graduates / 5%
Psychology, General 93 Graduates
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 8 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 32%

Outcome & Salary

By choosing Emory University, you’re going to see a definite financial benefit after you have been working in your chosen profession for a few years. The average salary for graduates is $73,000; their average early-career salary is $64,000 and their average mid-career salary is $123,800.

Four years of paying the average net price would cost a total of $103,768. Whereas, a graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $730,000 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,968,000. Their 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $626,232 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,864,232.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $64,000
College Grads Average Salary $73,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $123,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $730,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,968,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $103,768
10 Year Projected ROI $626,232
20 Year Projected ROI $1,864,232
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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