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Emory University’s Community Values

We recently shared the following message with our applicant pool, enrolling students, and the guidance counselor community and felt it best to share with our entire community of readers.

Many institutions of higher education are focused on the issues facing our country and world today. On  January 30th, Emory University’s President Claire E. Sterk shared a message with our campus community about how we are navigating the new federal travel restrictions. We wanted to reach out to you, our current applicants, with further information related to Emory University’s core institutional values and commitments.

Our Community

As one of the leading research and teaching universities in the United States, Emory University has the people, knowledge, and talent to create a better world for all. We also have a rich history of celebrating diversity, and in particular, welcoming international students, with open arms.

Our undergraduate community is comprised of 7,695 students across four colleges. Fully 2,157—or 28%—of those students were born in a country outside of the United States. There are 115 birth countries among our students, in addition to the United States. International students, who do not have U.S. citizenship, number 1,253 here (16% of the undergraduate population).

We have 62 different countries of citizenship represented as well as 44 religions and/or denominations. Over 900 of our students attended high school outside the U.S., in over 60 countries (Further data on the international community at Emory University can be found here).

Emory works with the conviction that this wide range of intersecting identities makes our institution stronger. It also prepares our students to engage fully in a diverse and changing world. We have been and will continue to be committed to the principles of academic freedom, affirming everyone’s rights to speak, learn, and grow in an environment built on respect.

Our City

Emory University is also proud to be in Atlanta, a progressive, multicultural city with historic engagement on issues of inclusion and diversity. Like Emory, Metro Atlanta is increasingly international: about three-quarters of a million Atlanta residents were born in another country.

We are home to many cultural centers that reflect on these issues from the past but also champion current social justice issues both in the United States and around the world—the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the Carter Center, just to name a few.

We are also a hub for business and international transportation and a growing center for communications, entertainment, health care, and the arts. Emory University students and faculty are actively engaged in our city through a wide range of opportunities, contributing to local nonprofits, the business sector, government, and civic groups on a regular basis.

Emory’s Ongoing Response

As President Sterk shared in her message, Emory staff have been monitoring the federal travel restrictions closely. On Saturday, our Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) reached out to all of our international students and faculty offering resources and advice. Their letter can be found on the ISSS website, where further updates are being posted regularly.

As a university, we will face the challenges of our time in applying all that we have to offer in the service of humanity. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the vision and mission that unite us. Our dedication to multidimensional diversity, including those found in the international community, remains steadfast.

Michael A. Elliott, Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Douglas A. Hicks, Dean of Oxford College
Erika H. James, Dean of Goizueta Business School
Linda A. McCauley, Dean of Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
together with the staff of the Emory University Office of Admission


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