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Overall Score: 71.61

Emory University

Atlanta, GA http://www.emory.edu/
Emory University draws driven, competitive students who also know the value of enjoying college life. This mid-sized private Christian university hosts just over 7,000 undergraduate students and its academic landscape is dominated by pre-professional majors, particularly those interested in health sciences. Emory is very selective, with an acceptance rate of just 16%, so 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. 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 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 2022-2023
$74,900
% of students who get any grants
60%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,100
Average price for low-income students
$8,540

Admissions

Acceptance rate
19%
Median SAT/ACT score
1450/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
7,020

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit grants
6%
Average merit grant
$23,260

Student Success

Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$16,556
Early career earnings
$72,360
% earning more than a high school grad
80%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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