Oxford College of Emory University has quite a reputation for enticing visitors to take a stroll among its distinguished halls and superb structures. This month is of great centennial importance for the undergraduate campus because June 7, 1919, was the final commencement of students on the university’s original grounds. Subsequent years saw the transfer of upperclassmen to the Atlanta campus. The liberal arts school at Oxford turned towards college preparatory coursework. Through the years, the two-year
Cultivating a College
Located on fifty-six beautifully wooded acres in Oxford, the school holds true to its roots of remaining an integral piece of the City of Oxford’s legacy. The town and college grew simultaneously and flourished together equally. The foundations of both were firmly planted within the pursuit of knowledge for all and
Ties and Traditions
Never losing sight of the importance of continuing to carry on heritage, future generations at Oxford College of Emory University held tightly to the values established in the early 1800s. Baccalaureate services for the fledgling school began at Old Church in 1843, only disrupted between the years of 1862 and 1864. Civil War history buffs can appreciate this disruption as the school was used as an infirmary during the Civil War. Coordinated by the campus chaplain, this interfaith celebration of song and prayer continues today and incorporates the diverse beliefs of its student body.
The vision to expand the Oxford campus to Atlanta became a reality through the philanthropic heart of donors like Asa Griggs Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company. Another tradition that echoes throughout the years is the annual Coca-Cola toast that rings in a new academic year. That spirit is never forgotten and is observed each year at orientation.
Emory at Oxford sought and was awarded well well-deserved accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as the state of Georgia’s very first four-year junior college in 1947. The buildings and monuments have firmly withstood the test of time, with the help of restoration efforts. Phi Gamma Hall, erected in 1851 by the Phi Gamma Literary Society, stands as the oldest structure on the campus. Recent aesthetic renovations have restored historic function and relevance to the Greek Revival architecture which once held formal debates on concerning topics of the times as well as a serving as a place of respite for the Confederate wounded.
Each edifice and memorial on the Oxford College of Emory University campus is one to marvel at, but perhaps the one with the most fascinating story of its origin is the clocktower bell that adorns Seney Hall. The oldest artifact at the college, the five-hundred-pound copper and tin alloy bell
Compliment your visit with a serene walk along the Oxford Trail accessible at various points outside of the campus quadrangle and stop in for a bite to eat at the farm to table dining hall
while you’re taking it all in. Whether you’re contemplating furthering your education, a local Civil War history connoisseur, or planning a vacation in the area, Oxford College of Emory University is sure to stimulate your senses!