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Emory University

Emory University draws driven, competitive students who also know the value of enjoying college life. The pre-professional majors dominate the academic landscape, so it's no wonder that Emory students are so focused on the future. No matter which field you're in, you'll be surrounded by people fighting for top grades and logging the study hours to show for it. Yet the social scene doesn't suffer. Set in a suburban area of Atlanta, there's always a game, cultural event or show going on in the neighboring communities, which include Buckhead, Decatur, Midtown, and Little Five Points. The private Christian school's campus is gorgeously green, and there's a thriving Greek scene that provides a built-in network of friends to those who rush. There are 19 varsity athletic teams, with a newly added women's golf team. As for the student body, the school's above-average price tag attracts some more affluent students, as evidenced by the slew of BMWs and Audis seen in the limited and often-crowded parking lots. But if you arrive car-less, there is a campus-wide shuttle system called the Cliff that services all students.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$69,900
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,700
Average price for low-income students
$13,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1440/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,776
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
99%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$26,925
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,250
Average salary within 3 years
$59,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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