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Emory University

Founded in 1836, Emory University is an esteemed private research university located in Atlanta, GA. Offering 71 majors and 57 minors through nine academic divisions, Emory is considered one of the premier universities in the nation. Because of its stellar reputation and the quality of education it provides, Emory has very high admission standards. In 2013, Emory admitted only 26.5 percent of applicants, with the admitted applicants having an average GPA between 3.73 and 3.98.

The Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory hotel is proud to be your hotel of choice when visiting Emory University. Whether you and your future Emory graduate are visiting the campus for the first time or you're coming in for your final Emory Family Weekend, our top notch amenities and ideal location just minutes from the campus make us the perfect hotel for you!

Emory University Guide

Insider Tips

1. The quietest room in the library? The Matheson Reading Room.

2. In the mood for coffee? Head to Green Bean. It's more affordable and higher quality than the other coffee options on campus.

3. Take a walk around Lullwater House, the university president's mansion, for serene and picturesque views.

4. If you're a big Pepsi drinker, you may want to consider other schools. Almost 50 percent of Emory's endowment is made up of Coca-Cola stock, so it's almost impossible to find any beverages on campus that aren't distributed by Coca-Cola. Even mentioning the word Pepsi is considered blasphemous!

5. If you want to avoid lines, head to the campus bookstore as close to their opening hour as possible.

Emory Academic Divisions

Campus Visits

Campus visits take place most weekdays and selected Saturdays. Reservations are required for all visits and it is recommended to make reservations at least three weeks in advance. Emory's Office of Admission is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and can be reached by phone at 404-727-6036. Reservations for visits can be made online here.

If you can't make it a visit in person, the university provides an interactive photo tour and a detailed video tour.

Emory Athletics

The Emory Eagles participate in 18 varsity sports as members of NCAA Division III. Division III athletes receive no financial aid related to athletic skill, so Emory places high value on the "student" aspect of their student-athletes. The university's 145 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1983 are a testament to that value.

Emory has the honor of being one of only six schools in the United States to place in the top 10 in the NACDA Director's Cup - awarded by the NCAA to the universities with the most success in collegiate athletics - while also being a top 20 university in the nation. The school's 15 Division III national titles - six for women's swimming and diving, five for women's tennis, three for men's tennis, and one for men's volleyball - are a constant source of pride in the Emory community.

View the Emory Eagles athletics calendar here.

Emory Traditions

Wonderful Wednesdays
Wonderful Wednesdays have been a staple of Emory for decades. From 1967 to 1982, Emory did not hold classes on Wednesdays in order to give hardworking students and staff a "wonderful" mid-week break. Emory reinstituted Wednesday classes in 1983 and Wonderful Wednesdays were no more until 2006, when the university brought back the tradition. Every Wednesday, the entire Emory community joins together to encourage school spirit. A different campus organization sponsors and plans the activities for each Wonderful Wednesday. Past wonderful Wednesdays have included a petting zoo and ice-cream tasting - you never know what to expect!

Hailed as Emory's own American Idol, SongFest brings together the students from each first-year residence hall in a friendly singing competition. The students from each hall write and perform songs about their respective communities that are then judged by Emory administrators. SongFest has been cited as one of the fondest memories of many alumni.

Dooley's Week
Dooley's Week is perhaps the most famous of Emory's storied traditions. For a week every spring, Lord Dooley, a skeleton dressed in black, roams the campus and dismisses students early from classes in which he makes unexpected appearances. Any professor who protests dismissing students early is mercilessly sprayed with water from Lord Dooley's water gun. Due to his fame, Lord Dooley is always flanked by his personal team of bodyguards including one who is Lord Dooley's spokesperson. Dooley's Week ends with Dooley's Ball, a massive costume party and concert.

Campus Map and Directions from the Courtyard Decatur

Emory's website provides a convenient and interactive campus map. Alternatively, a printable version is also available.

Our hotel is less than three miles from Emory's campus! From our hotel, head north on Clairemont Avenue and continue for 0.1 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn left on North Decatur and continue for 0.9 miles until you reach the Emory campus on your right.

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