- private nonprofit higher education institution in United States.
Emory University - Description
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Druid Hills, Emory University is positioned along the Clifton Corridor, which also includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society. Emory University is home to nine major academic divisions, numerous centers for advanced study, and a host of prestigious affiliated institutions. In addition to Emory College, the University encompasses a graduate school of arts and sciences; professional schools of medicine, theology, law, nursing, public health, and business; and Oxford College, a two-year undergraduate division on the original campus of Emory in Oxford, Ga. Emory was founded at Oxford by the Methodist Church in 1836. Led by President James W. Wagner, the University has 11,300 students and 2,500 faculty members who represent all regions of the United States and more than 100 foreign nations.
Description of Emory University
Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action. The University is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts college, superb professional schools, and one of the leading health care systems in the Southeast. Emory is enriched by the legacy and energy of Atlanta, whose downtown area is just fifteen minutes away. Through collaboration among its schools, units, and centers, as well as with affiliated institutions such as The Carter Center and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory is committed to working for positive transformation in the world. Emory’s future is being guided by an ambitious strategic plan, “Where Courageous Inquiry Leads.” Within this plan, the University has committed its unique combination of resources to address some of the world’s toughest challenges and greatest opportunities. Implementation of Emory’s strategic plan will transform its campus and positively influence local and global communities. One of Emory’s most compelling features is its location in the vibrant, international city of Atlanta. The University’s campus master plan outlines a bold vision for campus development, while retaining its distinctive sense of place and a commitment to sustainability. Emory dedicates more than half of the campus as protected green space, integrates sustainability into the curriculum, supports alternative transportation, campus recycling efforts, energy and water conservation practices, and promotes local and sustainably grown food to serve on campus. Additionally, the University’s approach to sustainable development has resulted in Emory holding the distinction of having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified building space among campuses in the country. The Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council gave Emory its Sustainable Development Award in 2009 for projects and programs in Atlanta and for sustainable campus development principles and practices. In recognition of its commitment to the community, Emory received the 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service—the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. The award recognized “the breadth and quality of an institution’s community service, service learning, and civic engagement programs.” Emory has also been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 “Great Colleges to Work for” program, which placed Emory on the honor roll for the second straight year. Emory was ranked as the fifth “Best Place to Work in Academia in the United States” by readers of the Scientist magazine.