Emory University

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#3, overall score 84.17/100

Fun Fact:

Emory’s unofficial mascot is Claire E. Dooley, a skeleton that was displayed in a science lab in 1899. “Dooley” — or a student dressed up as her — has the power to dismiss classes early.

Why should Jewish students attend Emory? Emory offers a remarkable blend of Jewish experiences, balancing strong community organizations, world-class academic pursuits in Jewish Studies and Religion and a robust, supportive environment for engagement with Israel. Our classically idyllic campus is situated in the midst of the vibrant city of Atlanta, which brings students tremendous cultural, social, and career-building opportunities along with access to a thriving Jewish community. The Emory experience is one-of-a-kind, with students receiving a high level of personal attention, mentorship, and support while benefiting from the resources of an elite university. — Dave Cohen, director, Emory Hillel

Emory has a very vibrant and diverse Jewish community, opportunities abound for students to get involved in an array Jewish clubs and activities, ranging from Jewish a cappella groups, Israel activism, social activism, many in-depth Jewish learning opportunities such the Sinai Scholars Society. It is an awesome community to be a part of. - Rabbi Zalman Lipskier, Chabad at Emory


  • Location: Atlanta, Ga.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,861
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,500
  • Jewish population share: 22%
  • Student origin: 22% in-state / 78% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Emory Wheel
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Eagles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Juice / Luna

What Students Say:

“I love that Emory is on a beautiful campus and in a bustling city.”…“Emory is overwhelmingly pre-professional.”…“Emory is a welcoming place that will provide you able opportunities to build lifelong relationships and to become a leader in your area of focus.”…“The social scene is in need of reinvigoration, but the academic programs are stronger than ever.”

COST & AID Score: 9.17/15

  • Score: 9.17/15
  • Tuition: $49,392
  • Room & board costs: $13,894
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $39,927
  • Average loan debt: $29,217
  • Starting median salary: $56,700
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Sam Bredow Memorial Fund Award

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1350-1520
  • Jewish Studies program: Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Minor

ISRAEL Score: 18/20

  • Score: 18/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 115
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Emory Students for Israel, EIPAC, IAC Mishelanu, TAMID, J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8/11

  • Score: 8/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 5.54/1,000 students (medium high)
  • City crime rate: 63.62/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 29/34

  • Score: 29/34
  • Hillel: Emory Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Emory
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Meor
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Jewish dorm: Emory BAYIT
  • Jewish a capella group: ChaiTunes
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 10
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 160
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 11 (6 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Adam Richman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Eleven meals per week are brought in by a local kosher caterer and available in the main cafeteria, and kosher sandwiches are available for sale at four locations on campus. There is also a nearby 24-hour grocery store that has a large kosher section, accessible via regular free shuttle service. Chabad at Emory offers a free weekly Kosher BBQ and Friday night dinner and the only Shabbat day lunch (preceded by services) offered on campus every week.

What Students Say:

“There is always a space for you, regardless of your level of practice.”…“Emory is in need of more committed, observant students to hold minyans throughout the week. Though the community is strong, often it is difficult to obtain minyan on a consistent basis.”…“Being involved in the Jewish community is cool - going to Shabbat dinner is a social activity, I never feel like I’m going ‘alone’ or no one wants to join.”

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