Emory University Scholars Program
The ProgramEmory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer partial to full merit-based scholarships and membership in Scholars Programs to incoming first-year students. The purpose of these highly selective Scholars Programs is to provide financial awards, dedicated programming, and distinct opportunities to exceptional students with a history of academic excellence and outstanding extracurricular engagement. Selection into an Emory University Scholars Program comes with the expectation that each scholar will actively impact the university community and use the resources and support provided by the Program to fulfill their full potential.
The Application Process – Deadline: November 15To be guaranteed consideration for the Emory University Scholars selection process (including Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School), students must submit all required application materials by the November 15 Emory University Scholars Programs deadline. Applicants will need to select one of Emory's three admission decision plans (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision). Please note students applying Early Decision I (EDI) may apply for the Scholars Programs, but need to meet the EDI November1 deadline for all application materials.
In addition to applying by November 15 and selecting an admission decision plan, students must nominate themselves for the Emory University Scholars Program by answering "yes" to the following question in the "Questions" section of the Emory University supplemental "My Colleges" page on the Common Application:
Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year students through the Emory University Scholars Program. This highly select program seeks students who are "intellectually carbonated" and also challenges those students to utilize their talents to impact the Emory community, Atlanta, and the world. Are you interested in being considered for the Emory Scholars Program? (Nov 15 deadline for submission)
Please note for the 2015-2016 application cycle, applicants no longer need to be nominated by a high school guidance/college counselor to be considered for the Emory University Scholars Programs, and no additional nomination forms or essays are required.
SelectionThe selection for merit-based scholarships is administered by the Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission in conjunction with Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School. The scholarship selection process remains separate from the financial aid application process and will have no impact on a student's need-based financial aid award.
Roughly 300-400 Scholar applicants will receive notification of their selection as a Scholars Finalist as well as admission to Emory College, Oxford College, or the Goizueta Business School in early February. If selected as a finalist, students will be invited to and required to attend the on-campus Scholars Finalists Visit Program. Each Scholars Finalists Visit Program will take place over several days and provide activities designed to help finalists become better acquainted with Emory University and the distinct Scholars Program, the opportunities available to them, and to aid the Scholars Selection Committee in making its final choices for the various awards.
Finalists will only be invited to attend one specific program: Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, or Goizueta Scholars.
To be considered for a merit scholarship and membership in a Scholars Program, attendance at an on-campus Scholars Finalist Visit Program is mandatory.
TimelineNovember 15: Emory University Scholars Programs application deadline
October–January: Application review by Admission, Scholars, and Faculty committees
By February 6: Scholar notifications announced through OPUS
March 16 – 19: Goizueta Business School Scholars Finalists Visit Program
March 17 – 19: Oxford College Scholars Finalists Visit Program
March 29 – April 1: Emory College Scholars Finalists Visit Program
Mid-April: Finalists awards and Scholar Program membership announced
May 1: Enrollment deposit deadline
Selection of scholarships is highly competitive. Scholarships are renewable for a total of eight regular academic year semesters of undergraduate study, provided students maintain high standards of personal and academic excellence and meet semester and annual requirements of their Program (details provided upon acceptance).
Applicants to the Emory University Scholars Programs not selected as Finalists will continue to be considered for admission under their selected admission plan, as well as for additional, yet limited, merit aid.
Learn more about the various Emory University Scholars Programs, their history and benefits at the following websites:
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all application materials need to be submitted by the November 15 deadline?
To be considered for the Emory University Scholars Programs, applicants must submit all required application materials by the November 15 deadline. Even if applying for the EDII or RD application plans, which have later application deadlines, one must still meet the November 15 deadline to be guaranteed consideration for any merit-based scholarship review.
Is there an additional Scholars essay required to be considered?
No additional Scholars essay is required at the time of application. Selected finalists, who will be notified by February 6, will be required to submit an additional Scholars essay in advance of attendance at the Scholars Visit Program.
If I want to apply Early Decision I and for the Emory University Scholars Programs, what deadline do I need to meet?
Students applying Early Decision I may apply for the Scholars Programs but need to meet the November 1 deadline for all application materials.
Do I need to be nominated by a high school official or guidance counselor?
In the past students needed to be nominated for the Emory University Scholars Program. Starting with the 2013-2014 application cycle there is no longer a nomination process, and students nominate themselves via their Common Application. High School Guidance Counselors may still submit supplemental nomination recommendation letters if they choose. However, it is no longer required.
When and how will I know if I'm a finalist?
Finalists will be notified in early February via our online student tracking system, OPUS. Only finalists will receive a notification in OPUS. Students who are not selected as finalists will continue to be considered by our Admission Committee for admission under the decision plan they selected. Please know that applying to the Scholars Program and not being selected as a finalist has no bearing on the student's overall admissibility to Emory College or Oxford College.
If I am not selected as a finalist for the Emory University Scholars Programs can I still be considered for merit-based aid?
Yes. While there are limited merit-based scholarships beyond those affiliated with the Emory University Scholars Programs, the Admission Committee reviews all applicants for additional merit-based aid. Applicants do not need to submit any additional materials for consideration.
As a dual Emory College / Oxford College applicant, can I be selected as a Finalist for one of College's Scholars program and still gain admission to the other college?
Yes, applicants may be selected as a finalist for a specific Scholars program and still gain admission to the other college. For example, I student may be selected as a finalist for Emory Scholars and also gain admission to Oxford College. As well, a student may be selected as a finalist for Oxford Scholars and also gain admission to Emory College. Do note, notification about finalist standing for Emory University Scholars Programs will be released by February 6, whereas decisions about admission are released based on a student's selected admission plan.
If I am selected as a Goizueta Scholar does that guarantee admission into the Business School?
Yes. Selected Goizueta Scholars will gain admission to Emory College or Oxford College, based on their application preference, as well as gain guaranteed admission into the Goizueta Business School following their sophomore year.