By the Numbers: Emory Class of 2015


See time-lapse video of the freshmen class photo on the Quad.


1320-1510 – Average SAT (critical reading and math only, middle 50 percent of class)

30-33 – Average ACT

3.78-4.0 – Average unweighted GPA

54  – percentage of women

46  – percentage of men

33 – percentage of Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander

7 – percentage of Black/African American

6 – percentage of Latino, Hispanic

47 – number of states and the District of Columbia represented (top five states are Georgia, New York, Florida, California and New Jersey)

24 – number of countries outside of the United States represented



College Alums Share Tips with New Students


At a May 2011 meeting of the Emory College Alumni Board, alums took a moment to offer advice to incoming first-year and transfer students. Alumni include (in order of appearance):

Natascha French 02C, Sanjiv Reej 95C, Phil Strauss 90C, Deb Jackson 95C, Chris Tobin 94C, Darcy Levit 90C, Cathleen 66C and Ray McKinney 66C, Mark Kasman 84C, Gary Wainer 75C, Stephen Andrews 79C, Steve Seltzer 81C, Beth Wray 71C, Jeff Wray 71C, Kate McRoskey 97C, Casey Gendason 00C, Theron Jones 94C, David Alvarez 64C, and Tash Elwyn 93C.

More information on Emory College Orientation

More information on the College alumni association

2010 Alumni Video

Why Give to Emory College (2009)


Recognizing Emory’s sustainability initiatives


Emory University has received a “Gold” rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) for its leadership and innovation in university sustainability.

STARS is a self-reporting sustainability evaluation tool developed by the Association for the Advancement Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), with broad participation from the higher education community.

Emory’s evaluation by STARS was based on a comprehensive list of credits in three major areas: Education and Research, Operations, and Planning, Administration and Engagement. Based on the percentage of credits earned in these categories, universities are ranked Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze.

Of the nearly 170 schools that registered to participate in STARS, 69 have been ranked to date. Emory is one of just 14 to be rated STARS Gold, which is the highest rating achieved so far.

“The STARS system is the preeminent sustainability rating in higher education, so this ranking is significant and an important honor for Emory,” says Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives at Emory.  “Each year we tackle new challenges in order to make Emory more sustainable. Recognition of Emory’s efforts and progress with this award is very gratifying.”

This year, Emory received STARS credits for a number of innovative programs such as its Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s sustainability programs, including surgical gown reuse and “sharps” container recycling.  Emory also received credit for its sustainable food initiative, including the effort to preserve threatened domestic livestock breeds through Emory’s annual Thanksgiving dinner featuring heritage breeds.


Helpful tips for parents of freshmen


Emory psychology professor Marshall Duke has helped ease the separation process for parents and their newly minted college students with a tremendously popular Emory orientation seminar on “Parenting a College Student: What To Expect.” He’s delivered his tried-and-true advice to thousands of parents for nearly 25 years.

Below are some of Duke’s insights on navigating new family dynamics.

• Think about your parting words.

“The closing words between parents and children are crucial. Whatever wisdom you have to offer, whether it is ‘I love you,’ ‘I’m behind you,’ ‘I’m proud of you,’ say it. If you can’t express yourself verbally, write your thoughts down and mail the letter to your child immediately after you arrive home. Your children will remember your messages and hold on to them.”

• Your lives will change.

“Younger siblings may be quite happy to see the older child leave home. I’ve heard stories of younger children who usually have stayed in their rooms suddenly appearing at the dinner table. If the college-bound student is your youngest, you’ll begin to reestablish a one-on-one relationship with your spouse after years of parenting.”

• You won’t be able to wait for them to come home — or leave.

“Your child will arrive home with a whole new set of habits, particularly when it comes to food and sleep. When my daughter came home from college for the first time she decided to call her friend at 10:30 p.m. one evening. When I expressed surprise, she said, ‘Oh, I know it’s early, but I want to catch her before she makes plans with someone else.'”

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From Emory to “Teach for America”


Teach for America video profiles Pierce Hand 11C


Emory students continue to be well represented among the 2011 Teach for America corps. For the past four years, Emory has ranked among the top contributing colleges and universities of its size. This year Emory is 10th nationally among medium-sized universities contributing the greatest number of recent graduates.

Nearly 11 percent of Emory’s graduating seniors applied to Teach For America in 2011. Thirty-seven alums will now be teaching in urban and rural schools across the country. Throughout Teach For America’s 20-year history, more than 280 Emory alumni have taught as corps members.

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Paleontologist Martin discovers polar dinosaur tracks


Emory paleontologist and environmental studies professor Tony Martin has led a team that recently discovered a group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks on the coast of Victoria, Australia.

Reported in Alcheringa (Journal of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists), the discovery is the largest and best collection of polar dinosaur tracks ever found in the Southern Hemisphere.

“These tracks provide us with a direct indicator of how these dinosaurs were interacting with the polar ecosystems, during an important time in geological history,” says Martin, who is an expert in trace fossils, which include tracks, trails, burrows, cocoons and nests.

Read the complete story and watch Prof. Martin explain the discovery on location in Victoria.

More Resources

Dinosaur Burrow: Oldest evidence found in Australia (2009)

Ecology of St. Catherines Island (about Prof. Martin’s class that visits Georgia’s barrier islands to study coastal ecology and geology)

Emory paleontologist tracks clues to ancient life (Emory Report article, 2007)

Repurpose Your Valentine for Science

Creativity Conversation with Artist Ray Troll (iTunesU)



Undergraduates reap record number of Fulbrights

A record number of Emory University students have been awarded 2011-12 Fulbright Scholarships to advance their studies, perform research and teach English abroad while serving as ambassadors to their host countries.

Eight students from Emory College (see below) who graduated this past year received teaching and research grants, nearly double the average number from recent years. Four students in the Laney Graduate School and one from the Rollins School of Public Health also received Fulbright research grants.

• Taylor Brooks, political science and anthropology. Brooks will head to Vietnam, where he previously studied abroad and did research. He will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA).

• Allison Cohen, Asian studies and linguistics. Cohen received a research grant for study in China to examine successive Chinese translations of an ancient Sanskrit Buddhist text, looking particularly at how the concept of emptiness was translated into Chinese, which had no characters that express the concept.

• John Gibson, history and French. Gibson will conduct archival research in Switzerland in both Neuchatel and Bern, examining the diplomatic role of Switzerland during the French Revolution. He conducted previous research in these archives as a student, sponsored by grants from Emory.

• Kevin Hatcher, French and linguistics. Hatcher received an ETA to work in Morocco. He also will conduct informal research on code-switching in Morocco’s dual languages (French and Arabic). Following high school graduation and before enrolling at Emory, Hatcher spent one year in Detroit as an AmeriCorps volunteer and one year in Paris, taking coursework and serving as an ETA.

• Karina Legradi, international studies and Chinese. Legradi received an ETA to work in Taiwan. During a study abroad semester in China, she taught English as a volunteer and also served as a mentor to children at the same orphanage where she had volunteered during a high school course of study in China.

• An Nguyen, environmental studies and chemistry. Nguyen received a research grant to study mosquito populations and ecology in Vietnam to determine where they are most numerous and in what environment they most flourish. She has conducted similar research with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nguyen is a native of Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child.

• Shreyas Sreenath, economics. Sreenath received a research grant for Bangladesh to study the significance of women’s ownership of cows, particularly the effects on nutrition for women and children. He has worked on similar projects in Kenya and Uganda.

• Jacqueline Troutman, political science and German Studies. Troutman received an ETA to work in Germany. She is fluent in both French and German and previously studied abroad in France and Austria. At Emory, she was a supplemental instructor in German.

In addition, Lauren Donnenfeld, political science and French, received an ETA through the French Government English Teaching Assistant program to work in France. She was a nationally ranked debater at Emory. This is not a Fulbright award, but as a finalist for the Fulbright ETA in France, Donnenfeld was automatically considered for the competitive French government-sponsored award.

Two Emory Fulbright finalists for the ETA to Egypt are awaiting notification about their status. Emory sent forward a record 28 undergraduate applicants. Of those, 12 were selected as finalists, one of whom withdrew after receiving the highly competitive Marshall Scholarship. This year, in the national competition, there were 9,397 applicants for about 1,600 grants.

The Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for career-launching study, teaching and research abroad and is designed to promote education and cultural exchange between the United States and other nations.

Laderman on Politics, Religion and More

“The Democratic Party is Not a Religion.”

“‘Republicanity’—The GOP Transformation is Nearly Complete.”

“High on Drugs: Breaking the Just Say No Addiction.”

These are the most recent articles on contemporary social issues by Gary Laderman, chair of the Department of Religion. The articles appear on the online publication Religion Dispatches (“dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation”), which he also directs.

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