Emory exceeds in the natural sciences, namely biology and chemistry. Emory also has a great undergraduate business program (top 10). Their psycology programs are also ranked top 10. Emory also thrives in the subjects of religion and french (top 15). There are definitely more highly ranked programs on the Undergraduate level. On the graduate level, Emory has very strong medical and law schools (both probably top 20). It has a great school of public health (Top 5 or Top 10) and its MBA business program is nationally recognized as well. These are just a few. Emory is diverse and its strengths do not lie in simply one area.
Harvard and Yale are two of the very best (if not the very best) universities in the world. Trying to compare anyone else to them is a losing battle. Emory doesn't have an engineering program (except for the Emory-GA Tech joing biomedical engineering graduate program, ranked 2nd in the USA by USNWR).
Alam gave you a listing of some graduate rankings from USNWR, Business Week, etc. I would add departments such as women's studies, English, and art history, though I'm probably forgetting some. I'm not currently aware of any undergraduate rankings by program in the arts and sciences, thus it's really difficult to quantify. The best answer (that most people seem to point to) is probably the National University Rankings by USNWR (Emory is has ranged from 17-20 over the past 10 years or so).
Some things that rankings don't really take into account:
-Emory really has one of the top 5 or 7 special collections libraries in the USA. Its collections in 20th century literature (particularly Irish literature) and Southern literature are world-class. It's not my area of study, but the US history collections concerning Southern history and African-American (including MLK and the civil rights movement) history are among the finest in the country.
-The research facilities and access to research for undergraduates are exceptional. I don't have experience at other universities in the US regarding this, but I've yet to hear anyone dissatisfied.
-Several important ideas regarding gender theory have come out of the women's studies department, which is very well regarded. Again, not my area of study.
-The Carter Center is an important humanitarian agency and provides Emory students with access to these works. It's also a presidential library with archives that may be relevant to your area of study. Similarly, the Middle Eastern Studies & Jewish studies programs have eminent faculty who are at the very top of their field (Ken Stein and Deborah Lipstadt for example). Through Jimmy Carter and these faculty are often at odds over the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Good post dgebll... mickjagger, those rankings are usually from USnews and Businessweek. Some are from the Gourman reports for undergraduate rankings. There was another ranking by an international company that places Emory's political Science department around 25th in the world so that program is great as well. You have to remember, however, that rankings don't do any school justice. A school offers more than its ranking.
People generally assume that Emory's strengths are in the natural sciences. While these programs are excellent, there are less talked about areas that are truly world class: Women's Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies (women's studies began at Emory and it is the best department in the country); Comparative Literature which, coincidentally, contains a substantial portion of Yale's Comp Lit and French department faculty from five years ago; The Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA)/IDS (comparable to Berkeley's Rhetoric department) is also outstanding.
These programs have been growing in the past few years and have added some powerhouse faculty. It's difficult to recognize these recent changes unless you're invested in these areas so they typically fly under the radar.
I'll also echo the previous poster by saying that our library is incredible and the collections of Irish poetry in particular are the best in the world - this includes Ireland.
"The 3-2 program leads to two undergraduate degrees: a bachelor's degree of arts and sciences from Emory in the major field of choice and a bachelor of science in engineering in any of the engineering disciplines. In order to apply for the dual-degree, you will need to satisfy the 3-2 program requirements before applying. In order to receive the bachelor's degree from Emory, you will need to satisfy Emory college graduation requirements."
I'm transferring in as a computer science student (junior year transfer). While I haven't taken any new computer science classes yet, I've looked in depth at the computer science department at Emory, the course offerings, and the faculty. While Emory's computer science program isn't as well known as say, its neighbor GTech, I was still impressed with it. The faculty is top notch. The curriculum is solid. And the math/comp sci building is beautiful to say the least. I wouldn't think you'd have a hard time going to graduate school or finding a job with the computer science degree from Emory.