Emory/Atlanta Life

Emory University

Emory College was founded by the Methodist Church in 1836 in the small town of Oxford, Georgia.  The school moved to its present location in Atlanta in 1915 following a gift of both land and financial support from Asa Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company.  Consistently listed among the top universities in the country in both scholarship and research, Emory is one of the premier liberal arts schools in the southeast and includes top ranked schools of medicine, nursing, public health, business, law, theology and biomedical engineering (in collaboration with Georgia Tech).  

Emory School of Medicine

The School of Medicine grew from successive mergers of 3 area medical schools and became part of Emory University in 1915 when the school moved to its present location in Atlanta.  Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, the Emory University School of Medicine emphasizes teaching, research, health care and public service. Trainees include students from 6 allied health programs in addition to medical students, residents, fellows, and other graduate and post-doctoral students. 

Around Emory 

Situated in Atlanta’s historic Druid Hills  neighborhood, Emory is approximately 6 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and 3 miles from the city of Decatur. Emory University and the surrounding area provide a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities. Within walking distance from campus is the newly renovated Emory Village with several restaurants and shops. Nearby downtown Decatur is host to a variety of festivals throughout the year and also has a diverse array of dining and shopping options. 


Although Atlanta is a city with a rich history, it is also a vibrant young city with an average age of 34 years old. There are over 5 million people in the 28-county Atlanta metropolitan area. Growth has brought increased diversity and opportunity. Atlanta is a leader in business, education and research and home to Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, Delta Airlines, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society just to name a few, as well as numerous colleges, universities, technical and arts schools. Atlanta is also boasts many parks, museums, theaters and world-class restaurants. Residential Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods and each has its own character. There are neighborhood and cultural festivals throughout the year. Atlantans love to be outdoors. Evenings and weekends will often find parks and patios filled with people. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy professional baseball, basketball and football  teams. For those with more adventurous tastes, great mountain biking, camping and hiking opportunities are just a short 1-2 hour trip away in the North Georgia Mountains and water sports are available nearby on Lake Lanier. The Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are within driving distance.

For more information about Atlanta and the surrounding areas see: http://www.atlanta.net/50fun/.


Home to the world’s busiest airport – Atlanta-Hartsfield International – getting to Atlanta is easy from almost anywhere. Once in the city the mass transit system MARTA can help visitors access most areas in and around town. Emory is about a 30 minute drive from the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport and 15 minutes from the midtown, downtown and Buckhead areas of Atlanta. For more information about traveling to and around Emory see Visiting Emory.