Last Updated on December 22, 2022
Emory University is renowned for its liberal arts college, professional schools and one of the leading healthcare systems in America’s southeast.
It was founded in 1836 as a small Methodist college in Georgia, in a town named Oxford after the prestigious English university.
Emory was transformed into its present incarnation in the historic Druid Hills neighbourhood of Atlanta in 1915 after Asa Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company, donated land and funds for a new campus.
There are over 3,700 academics in four undergraduate and seven graduate schools, including business, law, medicine, nursing, public health and theology, with one of the most extensive theology libraries in the US.
There are about 46 acres or 35 football fields of scientific research space on the 600-acre campus, and the university generates over $500 million in research award funds.
Half of the campus is designated as protected green space, some of which is used by the university’s eighteen varsity sports teams.
Emory Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in Georgia, allows students to observe real-world applications for their learning. It makes the university a top destination for medical students, with only one in 50 applicants accepted to the School of Medicine.
There are five secret societies, the oldest being DVS, founded in 1902 in Georgia, which admits seven seniors each year.
Emory counts former President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta and the US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey within its faculty, and numerous famous alumni from the worlds of business, education, entertainment, media, politics and health.
Its alumni includes six Pulitzer Prize winners, a vice president of the United States, a Supreme Court justice, an astronaut, and golf’s only Grand Slam winner.
The spirit of Emory is said to be safeguarded by a lab skeleton of unknown origin named Dooley. Each spring, in a tradition originating in 1899, a week is celebrated in his honour, in which students are secretly selected to don the Dooley cloak and turn up unexpectedly around campus.
Average UGrad GPA3.70
Total Med School Enrollment 531
Acceptance Rate 7%
Regular – October 15
MCAT Scores – Required
Essay / Personal Statement – Required
Science GPA – Required
Non Science GPA – Required
Extracurricular Activities – Required
Letters of Recommendation – Required
Interview – Required
State Residency- -Optional
Admissions Requirements – In addition to the traditional requirements of one year each of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Organic Chemistry, Emory also requires six semester hours of English and 18 semester hours of Humanities and Behavioral/Social Science course work. The MCAT is required. For applicants who have retaken the exam, the most recent set of scores is typically weighted most heavily. Emory operates on a rolling admissions cycle, making it beneficial for the applicant to submit MCAT scores and application materials early in the summer.
Other Admission Factors
Non Science GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal StatementNon-Academic
Exposure to Medical Profession
Emory University 2022 Rankings
Emory University is ranked No. 22 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 36 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
Medical School Program Rankings
- #22inBest Medical Schools: Research (tie)
- #36inBest Medical Schools: Primary Care (tie)
Additional Medical School Rankings
- #26inMost Diverse Medical Schools (tie)
- #97inMost Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas
- #135inMost Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields
- #111inMost Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas
Facts and Figures
582 medical students
Our classes are racially diverse, and a substantial percentage of our first-year students are “nontraditional,” meaning they were out of college for at least a year before starting medical school.
522 health professional students
We have five allied health programs, including a Physician Assistant program ranked 5th and a Physical Therapy program ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
1,322 residents and fellows
We provide more than half of the residency training positions in Georgia in 107 accredited training programs.
3,166physician and basic science faculty
Our school is part of an academic health sciences center, and our faculty collaborate with faculty in schools of public health and nursing and a primate research center.
We have 6,113 medical school alumni, 6,615 health professions alumni, and 12,146 residency/fellowship alumni.
495 postdoctoral fellows
In basic science and clinical training and research
9,486participants in Continuing Medical Education fiscal year 2019
To facilitate the continued professional development of physicians and other healthcare professionals
6.8 million patient service visits in fiscal year 2019
Our physician faculty see patients in Emory’s own facilities as well as in affiliate teaching hospitals and outpatient venues throughout the state.
$443.7 millionamount received by faculty in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2019
We are best known for our work in infectious disease, brain health, heart disease, cancer, transplantation, orthopedics, pediatrics, renal disease, ophthalmology, and geriatrics.