Facts & Figures

Established 1919

Total Living Alumni 10,996

Historical Dates

  • 1948 – The first PhD awarded at Emory goes to Thomas P. Johnston in chemistry.
  • 1952 – The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts is established, giving high profile to interdisciplinary studies at Emory.
  • 1956 – The Graduate Division of Religion is established in collaboration with the School of Theology.
  • 1962 – Emory’s first African-American student enrolls in the Graduate School.
  • 1989 – The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences  (GDBBS) enrolls its first class of students.
  • 1991 – The Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) program is launched to provide thorough teacher training to every doctoral student.
  • 1999 – The first cohort of nursing PhD students enters the Graduate School.
  • 2001 – A joint PhD program with Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering is established.
  • 2002 – The PhD program in Business enrolls its first students.
  • 2005 – Two new doctoral programs recruit students to work with faculty based in Rollins School of Public Health—Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Health Services Research and Health Policy.
  • 2009 – Emory's graduate school is named for its 17th president: the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies.

By the Numbers

Updated December 2012

Fall 2012 Enrollment

Total number of students
Full-time students
Part-time students
First-time students
Continuing students
Proportion of female students

Other Characteristics of the Student Body

Proportion of students pursuing a PhD 85.87%
Percent Receiving Financial Aid (2010-11) 96%

Degrees Awarded (2011-12)

Doctorate 235
Master’s 140
Total 375

Admissions Statistics for the Fall 2012 Entering Class (PhD Only)

Total applications 4,460
Total admitted 592
Percent admitted 13.28%
Total enrolled 297
Yield (enrolled as a percentage of admitted) 50.17%

More Information

Information about Emory University, including more facts and figures, can be found on the Emory University website:

About Emory

There is much about Emory's history on a separate site:

Emory History