Emory University offers two academically equivalent yet distinctively different educational programs for first-year students and sophomores. Oxford College is located thirty-eight miles east of Atlanta in the village of Oxford, Georgia, on the campus where Emory was founded in 1836. Approximately one thousand students, one fifth of the Emory first year and sophomore classes, enroll on the Oxford campus where they pursue a liberal arts intensive program for the first two years of their Emory undergraduate education.

Oxford College is unique. Students spend two years in an intimate, challenging, and supportive community where they develop as scholars and as individuals before moving on to a rich research university environment at Emory. For many students, it is the perfect combination.

Oxford College concentrates on development of students' intellectual, social, and personal capacities as these are understood in the liberal arts tradition. Oxford students earn an associate of arts degree. In their third and fourth years, they join their classmates on the Atlanta campus to focus on their majors and complete their baccalaureate degree with the resources of one of the world's leading research communities. Oxford College offers the advantages of (1) faculty who come to Oxford because they recognize the transformative potential of the first two baccalaureate years, (2) small classes averaging seventeen students (the largest class is twenty-eight), (3) challenging yet supportive personal working relationships between faculty and students, (4) an environment that provides extensive opportunities for student participation and leadership, and (5) an exceptionally strong sense of supportive community among students, faculty, and staff.

Oxford's liberal arts–intensive character is expressed through in-class discussion and debate, problem-based learning, case studies, individual and team research projects and presentations, frequent writing, and detailed analysis of texts. A consistent theme throughout is to compel students to become engaged, active learners so they acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding as a result of their own mental effort and discipline. Students are urged to go beyond the syllabus and to think creatively in deepening their knowledge and connecting what they learn in various courses. These teaching strategies are possible because of Oxford's small classes and the faculty's commitment to working with individual students.

All Oxford students live on campus, and residential life is an integral part of the Oxford educational program and experience. Clubs, varsity and intramural sports, student theatrical and musical productions, and leadership training are among the activities that attract high levels of participation. There is an active program of weekly social and cultural events. Oxford students are generous with their time and caring and serve the Newton County community through Volunteer Oxford, the Pierce Leadership program, and extensive use of community engaged learning in classes. One of Oxford's special characteristics is the ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of its students. The closeness of the Oxford community means that students learn from others who are different from themselves. Oxford students form lifelong friendships and say that when they move to the Atlanta campus as juniors, they go with four hundred friends.

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Emory University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Emory University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Emory University Mission Statement

Emory University's mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

To fulfill this mission, the university supports teaching from the undergraduate to the advanced graduate and professional levels, and scholarship from basic research to its application in public service. As a comprehensive research university, Emory’s academic programs span a great range from arts and sciences to business, law, theology, and the health professions. These different fields of study are knit together by robust interdisciplinary programs and a core devotion to liberal learning.

The Emory community is open to all who meet its high standards of academic excellence and integrity. The university welcomes a diversity of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, national, and international backgrounds, believing that the intellectual and social energy that results from such diversity is critical to advancing knowledge. Emory is committed to opening disciplinary boundaries and supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching from a global perspective. Along with this, Emory strives to create a community characterized by respectful and mutually supportive interaction among faculty, students, staff, and the wider world.

In keeping with the demand that teaching, learning, research, and service be measured by high standards of integrity and excellence, and believing that each person and every level of scholarly activity should be valued on its own merits, the university aims to imbue scholarship at Emory with a commitment to humane teaching and mentorship and a respectful interaction among faculty, students, and staff; open disciplinary boundaries that encourage integrative teaching, research, and scholarship; a commitment to use knowledge to improve human well-being; and a global perspective on the human condition.

Oxford College Mission Statement

Oxford College provides a challenging liberal arts-intensive program for the first two years of the Emory baccalaureate degree. These years offer unique opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social development, and Oxford College is optimized to seize them. Oxford's students develop a fundamental understanding of how knowledge is created and applied; a broad knowledge of intellectual disciplines; well-honed skills in critical analysis, problem solving, and written and oral communication; and an understanding of the moral dimensions of the individual in a diverse society. They cultivate their capacities for self-authorship, leadership, personal commitment to wellness, and community engagement. This growth is fostered by an exceptionally supportive community where students work closely with each other and faculty. After completing the Oxford program, students earn an associate of arts degree and spend their junior and senior years on Emory's Atlanta campus, where they have the resources of one of the world's leading research universities to complete their studies.

Vision Statement

Oxford College will attract and enroll exceptionally well-qualified student scholars poised to flourish in and significantly contribute to our liberal arts–intensive setting. We will achieve international recognition for our rigorous liberal arts curriculum and intentional programming and for the related scholarship and pedagogical innovation that support this enterprise. We will engage every student in substantial research, leadership, and character-development programs. Our collective efforts will foster a model community of inclusivity, in which we will recognize, nurture, and celebrate diversity in all of its manifestations.

Publication Information

Oxford College of Emory University
Oxford College 2023 – 2024 Catalog

Published by the Advising Support Center | Oxford College, Oxford, Georgia 30054

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The college also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact. Any inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to Emory University, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Administration Bldg., 201 Dowman Drive, Suite 305, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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