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Leading with distinction.

Unique in all of higher education, Oxford College features a small campus environment coupled with the resources of one of the world's leading research universities, Emory.

Oxford and Emory’s history is intertwined with that of the early Methodist Church, which received a charter for a new liberal arts college in 1836. In 1838 the church broke ground on 1,400 acres located north of Covington, Georgia, and named the new college Emory, in honor of Methodist Bishop John Emory.

The college and the newly created village of Oxford grew side by side. The influence of the leaders who guided those early days is evident in the campus streets and buildings named in their honor: Ignatius Alphonso Few, Alexander Means, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, and George Foster Pierce.

When Methodist leaders looked to create a university in the South some 80 years later, former Emory President Bishop Warren Akin Candler and his brother, Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler, made sure Emory College would be at the heart of this new university. In 1919 Emory College relocated to Atlanta to become part of Emory University. 

A legacy of resilience

As the college planned for its move to Atlanta, what to do with the “old Emory” campus and its passionate alumni presented a challenge.

The historic Emory campus in Oxford first emerged as a residential college preparatory school called Emory University Academy. Within a decade, administrators realized they needed to add college-level courses to strengthen the school’s curriculum.

Emory Junior College at Oxford was launched in 1929 and shared facilities and resources with the academy. In 1935 leaders renamed the two schools Emory at Oxford. 

A time for reinvention

In the late 1940s, leaders began reorganizing the Oxford curriculum into the South’s first accredited four-year junior college.

The four-year program combined an accelerated plan for the last two years of high school with the first two years of college. When that program struggled, the college once again adjusted its curriculum to ensure survival.

Rich in spirit but poor in financial resources, Oxford’s 19th-century buildings slipped into disrepair. Despite these challenges, the community of faculty, staff and students developed an extraordinary closeness and pride in their campus. 

New name, familiar look

By the early 1960s Oxford had re-created itself once more. Renamed Oxford College of Emory University, the school transformed into a two-year college that highlighted excellence in teaching, small classes and close faculty-student relationships.

With this new direction, Oxford reaffirmed the strengths evident at "old Emory"—strong academic programs and support systems coupled with learning both in and out of the classroom.

Oxford continues to be a focused liberal arts program that lays the groundwork for students' final two years at Emory, at Emory College, Goizueta Business School or the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Today, Oxford offers the distinct advantages that resulted from our singular historical transformation. We concentrate on educating first- and second-year students in a close-knit setting.

Our history of renewal and change perfectly position us to welcome a student body rich in cultural, ethnic and religious diversity.

History of Our Leadership

Deans of Oxford College
2016  Douglas A. Hicks 
2005  Stephen H. Bowen
1999  Dana Greene
1986  William H. Murdy
1976  J. William Moncrief
1966  N. Bond Fleming
1945  Vigil Y. C. Eady

Associate Deans of Emory at Oxford
1934  George S. Roach
1930  Hugh A. Woodward

Principals of Emory University Academy
1922  A. W. Rees
1918  J. A. Sharp
1916  A. M. Hughlett
1915  Robert C. Mizell