Athletics and the Admission Process

Emory University has a rich tradition of academic excellence and athletic achievement. From NCAA postgraduate scholarships to All-American recipients, our student-athletes excel both in the classroom and on the playing field. Each year, Emory coaches are looking for high caliber students to join their teams and continue to build on the legacy of the Emory Eagles.

Athletics at Emory University

Emory College is a Division III intercollegiate athletic program, featuring 19 varsity teams, in a wide range of sports, with approximately 420 student-athletes. Since 2001, the Emory Eagles have finished in the Director's Cup top-10, 17 of the last 18 with three second-place finishes during that stretch. Emory College teams have won 24 national championships, and our student-athletes have been awarded over 114 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships over the school's history, the second-highest overall by any NCAA member. Emory's varsity athletics program has also produced nearly 1,000 All-American recipients.

At Oxford College, we feature 9 sports teams with approximately 125 student-athletes which participate in Division III intercollegiate sports as part of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). Oxford College teams have won 11 national championships, including 108 Academic All-Americans and 119 All-American recipients. All Oxford students continue to the Atlanta campus in their junior year. Please note, when student-athletes continue to Emory College, there is no guarantee of participation in an Emory College varsity program.

Emory University student-athletes grow from their athletic experiences and become national and community leaders in their fields.

Admission Criteria

The Admission Committee reviews all applicants through a holistic process. Students are admitted based on many factors, including academic rigor, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and jobs, leadership and community involvement, as well as through their essay responses and teacher recommendations. Athletic achievement is one of many factors included in the review.

Financial Aid Criteria

As an NCAA Division lll school, we are not permitted to offer athletic scholarships or allow athletic talent to influence financial aid in any way. Emory University provides need-based financial aid as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Need-based aid is available to all students, including recruited athletes. Merit-based scholarships also exist for students applying through the Emory University Scholar Programs.

Admission Process

Emory University coaches are familiar with admission policies and work closely with admission staff throughout the application process. Coaches can be an important resource for prospective athletes and their families. Coaches may offer advice and provide feedback to the admission office at any time. Coaches are allowed to make a commitment of support to a prospective student-athlete. However, only the Office of Undergraduate Admission can review an applicant, make an admission decision, and notify an applicant of that admission decision.

Admission and Athletic Recruitment Discussions

Emory University coaches may ask admission staff for a preliminary academic review of a prospective student athlete. These requests can only be made by the Emory University coach, not the student or the student's family. The academic review can include transcripts and standardized test scores. The admission office provides feedback to the coach, who can pass that feedback on to the prospective student. Please remember that this assessment is considered preliminary. Future assessments by the admission staff are based on a holistic review of the student's official completed application, and the review details cannot be shared with the prospective student.

Prospective students should be prepared to discuss their level of interest in attending Emory College and/or Oxford College as well as the coach's level of interest in having them on their team. Coaches may support a prospective student-athlete's application based on the student's level of interest in attending Emory University.

A coach may ask about whether Emory University is one of a student's top choice schools. However, the coach cannot keep the student from visiting or applying to other schools or require them to withdraw applications from other schools as a condition of supporting your application to Emory University (unless the student is applying through binding Early Decision I or Early Decision II).

Prospective student-athletes should expect Emory University coaches to be honest and forthcoming during the recruitment process. We also ask that students be honest and forthcoming with coaches. Please remember that a "verbal commitment" from a coach is not an official offer of admission. Admission decisions can only be communicated to students from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Applying and Receiving a Decision

There are various options for submitting an application and receiving an admission decision. Prospective students who have decided on their first choice may apply to Emory University as a binding applicant through Early Decision I or Early Decision II. Students may also apply under the non-binding Regular Decision admission plan. For further details, please visit Admission Plans and Deadlines.

Contact Information

A list of coaches for Emory College and their contact information is found on the Emory Athletic Staff Directory.

A list of coaches for Oxford College and their contact information is found on the Oxford College Athletic webpage.

General Questions

We encourage you to reach out to the specific coach with athletic related questions. All admission related questions can be directed to