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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Emory has unique quirks that the students tend to love. The campus is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and the libraries and athletic centers are all very useful. There aren't many places that everyone likes to hang out, but the dorms are so nice that we like to stay there.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The gym, cafeteria, and labs are all really clean and put together.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Emory is full of unique traditions like Songfest and Dooley's Week. There are always activities happening on campus- everyone can find something for them.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Such a beautiful campus. Very green and the buildings are gorgeous!! Everything from the dorms to the athletic facilities are in great condition

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are lots of things but again, Emory is a friggin bubble. It's rather annoying.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 33rd
    Best Library
  • 92nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 468th
    Best Student Centers
  • 783rd
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matt Kohn
Rockville, MD
Grad Year
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With the exception of a few old, worn-down freshman dorms (which are scheduled to be demolished in 2012), Emory's facilities are immaculate and state-of-the-art. All of the buildings add to the beautiful and scenic campus. Nearly every classroom on campus is equipped with a projector, computer, network connection, whiteboard, and multiple outlets for students' laptops and other electronics. The technology is also very easy to use, so many students take advantage of empty classrooms and use them as study rooms, whether it be as a group or by themselves. Cox computer lab is full of computers and group study areas and even has several personal computer hubs outfitted with pillows and cushions for comfort.

The DUC, the main student center on campus, has every type of electronic and appliance one could ask for, and many students spend hours on end here studying or socializing with friends. Woodruff Library is also decked out with the latest technology and contains several computer labs on the lower floors, while the upper four or five floors are designed for solo studying and contain private study cubbies for students. Lastly, Emory's athletic facilities are outstanding. Many Division I schools do not have facilities as nice as Emory's facilities, which are home to Division III sports. The Woodruff P.E. Center is home to numerous basketball courts, a soccer field, outdoor and indoor tracks, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a hot tub, a fully equipped weight room, tennis courts, and many more facilities. Whether you are a varsity athlete or simply a student looking to get in shape or shoot some hoops, the WoodPEC has all you need and more. Overall, Emory students are very blessed and privileged to have so many outstanding resources and technology at their fingertips.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
631 acres
Student Centers
Dobbs University Center (DUC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Goizueta Business Library
  • Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
  • Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (MARBL)
  • Oxford College Library
  • Pitts Theology Library
  • Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Cox Hall
  • The Depot
  • Dorm common areas
  • The DUC
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are several coffee shops across campus, including Common Grounds in the chapel, Jazzman's Café in the library, and Starbucks in the bookstore.
Movie Theater on Campus
Harland Cinema, but it only offers one showing of one new movie per month.
"Green" Initiatives
The newly built freshman dorms allow students to track their electricity and water usage in hopes of raising awareness for eco-friendly living.
School Slang
  • Dooley: Emory's other mascot, a skeleton dressed in all black who has the power to cancel classes during Dooley's Week. Dooley has been around for more than 75 years. His first name and middle initial come from the current president; with president James W. Wagner, he is currently James W. Dooley.
  • The DUC: Dobbs University Center, the student center
  • EmoryCard: The school ID card, needed for entrance into the gym and library, and to purchase food and other items
  • Independent: Students not in a fraternity or sorority
  • NBB: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, a common major on campus
  • Oxford: Emory's sister school, where students can go for two years before attending Emory College
  • The Pit: The basement floor of various freshman dorms on campus, most notably Dobbs
  • SA: A sophomore adviser; there are usually two on each freshman hall, and their purpose is to make your freshman year less confusing.
  • SAAC: The Student Activity and Academic Center located at Clairmont Campus, featuring an Olympic-sized pool and outdoor basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts
  • The Spoke: Emory's lampoon comedy magazine, which publishes whenever they get around to it
  • Swoop: The Emory Eagle and school mascot
  • WHSCAB: Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, pronounced "wish-cab"
  • The WoodPEC: Woodruff Physical Education Center; the gym
  • Bid Night: Fraternity pledges run down the Row to their chosen fraternities in the evening, a precursor to a raucous party night. It was once a nationally heralded party night at Emory.
  • Dooley's Ball: A school-wide party, formerly held on Halloween, at McDonough Field at the end of Dooley's Week. This is the culmination of the events of the week and usually results in lots of drunken debauchery.
  • Dooley's Week: A week when Dooley, his bodyguards, and his squirt gun can adjourn classes. This week precedes Dooley's Ball and features a fun activity each day.
  • Fall Band Party: Emory hires a popular rock act each fall to perform on McDonough Field. This party is highly anticipated and usually well attended. Recent guests include Reel Big Fish, They Might Be Giants, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Everclear.
  • Songfest: During Orientation Week, freshman dorms compete against one another in a singing competition.
  • Spring Band Party: Emory hires a popular hip-hop act each spring to perform on McDonough Field, with good results. Former guests include Outkast, Ludacris, and the Nappy Roots.
Urban Legends
  • "Dooley" was rumored to be a former student who died in an Oxford classroom.
  • It is said that there is no football team because Robert Woodruff, the philanthropist who donated a lot of money to the school, had a son who died playing football.
  • Many students think that the sororities don't have houses because a Georgia law proclaims any building with several female residents is a brothel, but no such law exists!
  • There's a special foundation or grant that exists solely to pay for the meticulously kept flowers on campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Wonderful Wednesdays are every Wednesday on Asbury Circle and are great. Student clubs and organizations set up tables around the circle and often host different events. There is free food and music is played as well.

Other than that, students hang out at the DUC or Cox, where they can grab a bite to eat and hang out, watch TV and socialize.
Student Newspaper
The Emory Wheel
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Emory is home to various clubs and organizations concerned with academics, arts, athletics, culture, media, politics, religion, student government, and volunteer work. These different student clubs and organizations on campus, and they each make their presence felt in their own ways. Many have concerts and other fundraising events such as date auctions, bake sales, and other sorts of things to promote their club or cause.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
In order to be considered for a temporary charter, your club must have a developed constitution and standing rules, at least 10 members (2/3 of which must be enrolled in the Emory College), a president and a treasurer as officers, a faculty or staff adviser, and to have held at least three organizational meetings.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 62 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 31% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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