Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Apply to Emory

We are unable to comment on student’s chances for admission. We encourage you to review our admission profile data for a sense of our competitiveness.

It is important to note the evaluation of applications by the Admission Committee is comprehensive and holistic. Although an outstanding academic record is important, we select students based on many attributes and are especially interested in those we believe will contribute to, as well as benefit from, our community. Students are selected on the basis of many attributes—academic record, extracurricular achievements, demonstrated leadership and community/family contribution, personal essays, and letters of recommendation. Admission decisions are comprehensive and there is no magic formula for selecting the perfect Emory University student.

"Demonstrated interest" is not a factor in our application review process. Things like visiting campus, talking with or emailing your admission counselor, or attending one of our off-campus events have absolutely no impact on the evaluation of a student’s application. Further information about why we do not take demonstrated interest into account is in this blog post.

No. Both Emory College and Oxford College participate in Division III intercollegiate sports as part of the NCAA and NJCAA, respectively. As a Division III school, we are not permitted to offer athletic scholarships or allow athletic talent to influence financial aid in any way. As with all undergraduate applicants, prospective student-athletes are welcome to apply for need-based financial aid and nominate themselves for merit scholarships.

Emory has a rich tradition of academic excellence and athletic achievement. Each year, our coaches are looking for high-caliber students to join their teams and continue to build on the legacy of the championship-winning Emory Eagles on both campuses. 

Coaches at both Emory College and Oxford College 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.

We value the legacy connections of applicants and encourage students to detail their university ties on their application. A legacy connection is considered as part of a student’s application but is in no way a guarantee of admission in our highly selective pool of applicants.

In the admission process, legacy status includes grandparents, parents, and siblings of the applicant who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in any academic division of Emory University. Additional family connections (such as uncles, aunts, or cousins) will be tracked but do not constitute legacy status.

Our office works closely with the Emory Alumni Association to document legacy applicants throughout the admission process.

We do not offer interviews with admission staff. Neither prospective students nor applicants can request an interview.

We do have an Alumni Interview Program that is part of the application process for a small portion of students who apply to Emory University. Due to the design of the program and the number of trained alumni volunteers, the majority of applicants across the US and around the world will not be invited to interview. These applicants will in no way be disadvantaged, and the admission committee will closely evaluate applicant essays and recommendations to learn more about each student.

A small subset of first-year applicants may be invited to interview with Emory alumni in their area through the Alumni Interview Program. This is a chance for the applicant to discuss ideas that they are passionate about in a cordial, low-key environment and to learn more about the university and Atlanta. 

Applicants may receive an invitation via email from an Emory alum any time between mid-October and early February. Because applications go through several reviews, it is impossible to predict when or whether an applicant will be invited to an alumni interview. 

Hear from a current alumni interviewer on how best to prepare for an interview and what to expect.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission works only with those students wishing to obtain their first degree. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing does have a bachelor of science in nursing second-degree program. Please see the Other Applicants page for more information about students in special standing.

Early Decision Applicants

No. The exception to this is students who apply to both Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Oxford College under an Early Decision plan, as both colleges are part of the same university. You are free to apply to multiple colleges and universities under Regular Decision or rolling admission plans.

Students admitted under an Early Decision plan must withdraw any active applications from other institutions immediately. We strongly urge students to apply Early Decision only if there is no possibility of later breaking the Early Decision contract.

Binding means you are entering into a contractual agreement stating that Emory University is your first choice school, and that, if admitted with adequate financial aid, you will enroll here and withdraw all other college applications.

Emory’s Early Decision agreement is binding, so you cannot apply to any other school under a binding early decision plan or a binding early action plan. You can still apply to other schools under a nonbinding early action plan, rolling admission, or regular decision plan.

Yes. If you have filed the required financial aid application materials by our deadline of December 3 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II, you will receive a financial aid evaluation before the enrollment deadline.

Full details about financial aid requirements and deadlines can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.

Absolutely. You can opt in to be considered for scholars on your Early Decision application. Remember that the Early Decision I application deadline is November 1. (But the deadline for EDII and RD is November 15 if you also want to be considered for scholar programs.)

Scholar awards are not finalized until early April. If your decision to attend Emory University is dependent upon receiving a merit-based scholarship, you are advised to apply under Regular Decision.

Yes. You may change your decision plan through your application portal. The deadlines for changing your plan are posted there.

Scholar Applicants

Students applying Early Decision I can apply for the scholar programs but need to meet the November 1 deadline. If your ability to enroll depends on receiving a specific amount of merit scholarships or need-based financial aid, we strongly encourage you to apply Regular Decision.

Scholar program awards are not finalized until early April, after the deposit deadlines for Early Decision I and Early Decision II.

Please do your best to have all materials in by November 15. This allows our office enough time to review your application with our timeline.

Applicants will be notified by the end of February if they have been selected as a finalist in one of the three programs (Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, or Goizueta Scholars). Students not selected as finalists will continue to be considered for admission under the decision plan they selected as well as for smaller merit-based scholarships.

Please know that not being selected as a scholar program finalist has no bearing on your overall admissibility to the university.

Yes. There are a limited number of smaller merit-based scholarships beyond the scholar programs. You do not need to submit any additional materials to be considered.

Yes. A student may be selected as a finalist for the Emory Scholars Program and also be admitted to Oxford College or vice versa.

QuestBridge Applicants

No. If you do choose to submit the Common Application or Coalition Application in addition to your QuestBridge application, please be sure to include your QuestBridge application ID number with your other application.

We automatically waive the application fee for all students who apply using their QuestBridge application.

Yes. QuestBridge applicants to Emory University must meet all standardized exam requirements, providing either official or self-reported test scores.

Yes. If you match with Emory, you accept a binding offer of admission and are required to withdraw any applications submitted to other colleges and universities.

Emory meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted domestic students. Through programs such as Emory Advantage, our financial aid is designed to make Emory affordable for low-income families.

Undocumented Applicants

Undocumented students (with or without DACA) are not obligated to tell us of their status. However, we invite students to feel free to share their personal stories through their application. This can be done through the personal statement, short answer questions, or any other appropriate space on the application.

High school counselors also are welcome to share more about the student through letters of recommendation.

Yes. First-year students who are admitted are eligible for both merit-based scholarships and scholarship through the Emory University Scholar Programs. Additionally, Emory meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for undocumented students (with or without DACA). For further information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Admitted transfer students, including undocumented students (with or without DACA) are not eligible for merit scholarships. They are, however, eligible for financial aid. Emory meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for undocumented students (with or without DACA). For further information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Please disregard this item on your applicant checklist. Although we waive this requirement for undocumented students, it may still appear on your checklist. This will not affect or delay the review of your application in any way.

Yes. You may upload this form as a "Supplemental Material" in your applicant portal.

Office of Undergraduate Admission

William Segura

Associate Director

Office of Financial Aid

Erik Lips

Associate Director

Transfer Applicants

Before or during the application process, our staff is not able to advise on what classes we will or will not accept. There are no specific courses required to apply as a transfer student.

After you have been accepted, we will review your official transcripts with the required accompanying descriptions of courses from your institution’s course catalog. If the class description is similar to what we offer, that course will count toward Emory graduation credit. We will award a maximum of 62 credit hours. Transfer credit is evaluated on a tentative basis and may not be finalized until the end of your first semester at Emory.

Credit evaluations will be processed four to five weeks after admission.

To graduate from Emory, you must obtain 124 total academic credits, 62 hours of which must be completed at Emory. Students who transfer with the maximum of 62 credit hours will need to complete 128 total academic credits, 62 hours of which must be completed at Emory. Emory does not grant academic credit for any form of online or distance education courses.

Transfer applicants interested in Goizueta Business School (GBS) should consider the following when applying:

  • GBS does not directly accept transfer students.
  • GBS prefers students complete the majority of their business coursework here at Emory, so students with a number of business classes from another institution are not good transfer candidates.
  • You will be required to spend at least one academic year in Emory College before being eligible to apply to GBS, and admission to the program requires a strong academic performance and involvement at Emory, not just at your previous school.
  • GBS requires a minimum of four semesters of enrollment for all students graduating from its program.
  • Students who have an interest in business and have completed two years of college work are not good candidates for transfer to Emory because, at a minimum, transfer students will spend another three full years—one at Emory College and two at Goizueta—before graduating.

Transfer applicants interested in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing should review the prerequisites for applying for a bachelor of science in nursing. If you have completed these requirements by the time you’d like to start at Emory, you should apply directly to the School of Nursing. If you have not completed these prerequisites, you should apply to Emory College.

Housing for transfer students is not guaranteed, but we invite enrolling transfer students to apply for housing if they are interested in living on campus. If housing is available for incoming transfer students, the Office of Residence Life and Housing Operations will make assignments on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes, undocumented students (with or without DACA) can apply as transfer students. Learn more about applying as an undocumented student. 

Individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for admission to Emory College as a transfer or visiting student.

You can apply for nondegree admission if you have a bachelor’s degree and simply would like to take undergraduate courses as a nondegree-seeking student.

Due to the large number of applicants, Emory does not offer interviews to transfer applicants.

You can submit an employer recommendation if you have been out of college for at least one full year.

Transfer applicants who are admitted for a specific term must choose to enroll for that term or forfeit their admission. An admitted transfer student who chooses not to enroll must wait a full academic year and submit a completely new application via the Common Application to be considered again for admission.

Yes. A transfer applicant denied admission may reapply for the following fall semester.

Application Process

Once your application is downloaded and processed, an email will be sent to you with details on setting up your application portal. First, check your application status to view the receipt of application materials. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for submitted items to be received, processed, and checked off on your applicant checklist. If you’re still missing applications materials after this time, please check the missing items page for additional guidance.

Yes. All Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants are required to have their high school guidance counselor submit a midyear report and updated senior year transcript as soon as it becomes available. We do not accept midyear reports or transcripts directly submitted by the applicant. 

Emory University does not require midyear reports and transcripts for Early Decision I applicants. If it is listed on your checklist, it is because we need it for another decision plan.

We understand these materials are usually not available until late December/early January. It will continue to appear as “awaiting” on your checklist until received. If an applicant’s school is unable to submit the midyear report by the stated deadline, we will accept and process late reports. We request that your school counselor submit the report as soon as possible, along with a short note explaining the delay.

In the meantime, application files for all decision plans, including Scholars, will be reviewed without midyear reports and transcripts. Read more about application requirements.

Yes, although this is not necessary or required by our office. You may upload materials through your applicant portal, selecting whatever category is most appropriate.

If paying the $75 application fee is a financial hardship, we are happy to waive the fee. All fee waiver requests are processed online through the Common Application or Coalition Application.

To receive a fee waiver from us, you simply need to say “yes” to any question on the application referencing if you are eligible for a fee waiver with Emory University. No further documentation needs to be supplied to receive a fee waiver.

If you have a paper fee waiver from NACAC or another such college-supporting body or organization, you may choose to upload this and share it with us via the applicant portal. This is not required, however, in order to receive a fee waiver.

We encourage you to submit all application materials online through the Common Application or Coalition Application including required school documents. You may also upload many materials yourself through your applicant portal.

However, if application materials need to be mailed, please send them to:

Emory University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
3263-001-1AA (omit for UPS, FedEx, and couriers)
1390 Oxford Road NE, 3rd floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-1016

Please ensure application materials include the applicant’s full name, exactly as it appears on their application, date of birth, and application ID number.

After Admission

Admitted first-year students can "defer their admission" for 1 to 2 years (depending on circumstances) to take a gap year between high school and college. Students use this time to volunteer, travel, or work.

We advise students considering the gap year option to apply to Emory during their senior year of high school. If accepted, the student would need to submit their enrollment deposit by the deadline. Students have until June 1 to request a deferral of admission.

In order to defer admission, the accepted student needs approval from the dean of admission. We require an explanation of the student’s proposed plan for the gap year as well as acknowledgment of gap year guidelines regarding college coursework. The explanation should come in the form of a letter addressed to the dean of admission, emailed to admission@emory.edu.

Students may not enroll full time at another college or university during their deferral period. We will accept only two courses taken for college credit during the gap year.