Campus Life at Emory College

Our community is active, diverse, and committed to making the world a better place. Take a look at the many ways our students make an impact on campus and beyond.

Clubs, Teams, and Organizations

With 550+ student clubs, sports teams, and performing arts groups, Emory College is the place for those who want to organize, lead, and be a part of it all.

Diversity

At Emory, we don't just talk about diversity, we live it. We pride ourselves on the mix of people, beliefs, values, and social circles that make up our campus communities as well as our understanding that every one of us offers more than one way to add to our campus diversity.

dancers on stage
#10
most diverse college
(BestColleges, 2018)
50
states represented
61
nations represented

Arts

students painting a mural
Emory has an active arts community, encouraging innovation and collaboration for both majors and non-majors. Arts at Emory hosts 300 events on campus in the arts each year, with internationally acclaimed musicians, numerous student ensembles, a professional theater company, prize-winning poets, novelists, playwrights, and much more. Many of these events are free for students through the Arts Passport. Additionally, the Center for Creativity & Arts integrates the arts into our curriculum, campus life, and extracurricular activities.

Service

More than 80 percent of our students volunteered last year through volunteer clubs, weekly service trips, large-scale service days, or alternative breaks. The largest student-run organization on campus, Volunteer Emory organizes 20 to 30 weekly service trips that connect students to meaningful service in the greater Atlanta community.
83%
of students
volunteer in Atlanta and across the globe

Traditions

Sometimes hard to describe but always fun, our traditions make for a lively and close community. Here are just a few:

  • Dooley (a skeleton) and our unofficial mascot
  • Swoop (an eagle) and our official mascot
  • Songfest, an annual song and dance competition between first-year residence halls
  • Wonderful Wednesday, a weekly campus-wide celebration
  • Carter Town Hall, an annual town hall meeting for first-years lead by former President Jimmy Carter
  • Candlelight Crossover, the transition of seniors to alumni happens during a candlelit walk to the Miller-Ward Alumni House
students cheer at Songfest

Sustainability

Emory's innovative water plant

Sustainability is a priority at Emory, and our efforts include our 28 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings; the WaterHub, our reclamation and reuse facility; and our robust recycling and energy conservation programs.

by 2025
95%
of Emory University's waste will divert from municipal landfills
54%
of Emory's campus is designated as protected green space
40%
of Emory's total water use is reclaimed by the WaterHub, our water reclamation facility on campus
160
tons of fryer oil and grease collected in 2017 and made into biofuel for Emory's shuttles

Recreation & Athletics

Emory’s varsity student-athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Our Eagles have earned 25 NCAA Championships and 195 UAA Championships, and we’ve had 113 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars.

Recreation and Wellness offers additional ways for students to be fit and active, with the goal of setting the groundwork for healthy lifestyles. Students can get involved in 26 intercollegiate club sports or 20 intramurals.

Emory volleyball team celebrates their national championship

ROTC

ROTC student with flag

Participate in US Air Force or US Army ROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with Georgia Tech. You can start at Emory College or Oxford College, earn your undergraduate degree at Emory, and complete your military training at Georgia Tech.

Greek Life

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life oversees Greek Life at Emory. An engaged culture, 30 percent of students are involved in 10 fraternities and 9 sororities on campus, with chapter housing available for active members.
sorority students parade during homecoming