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Emory University is committed to creating a well-rounded class with students from different backgrounds, experiences, and intellectual perspectives. One of our goals is to shape a class that is representative of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. As such, Emory University invites talented, high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds to apply to participate in our Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) program. This three-day, overnight visit gives students access and exposure to our campus academics, community, and culture.

Program Details

Emory will host its annual overnight CORE program Sunday, October 6th – Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. CORE will begin in the early-afternoon on Sunday and will wrap-up by 2pm on Tuesday. During these three days, invited students will meet and interact with committed and diverse professors, department chairs, campus life staff, and current students. Students will also attend classes and other campus programming. Most importantly, CORE students will have the chance to bond with current and future students that will shape the Emory community.

Please keep in mind that space for CORE is limited. Selection to CORE is not indicative of any future admission to Emory University.

Travel Expenses and Accommodations

All CORE participants are provided with free on-campus housing, meals, and shuttle transportation between the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Emory University.

Invited students who live outside a 275-mile radius of Atlanta, Georgia, will also have travel expenses covered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Invited students within a 275-mile radius are expected to drive to campus.

Application Process

The deadline to submit an application for the 2019 CORE visit program has passed. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is not accepting late applications. Details about the 2020 CORE visit program will be posted in the summer of 2020.

The Admission Committee will review all CORE applications and communicate decisions no later than Friday, September 6.

Talented, high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Due to the brevity of the visit, only students living in the United States or Puerto Rico are eligible for consideration. Priority will also be given to those students who have not visited campus.

To be considered for the CORE visit program, students must complete the following items by Friday, August 16th at 5:00pm ET:

  • Submit a complete CORE application including:
    • Listing senior year courses
    • Submitting self-reported SAT/ACT scores (though standardized exams scores are not required to apply for CORE, preference will be given in the review process to students who submit scores)
  • Upload a current high school transcript (which includes 11th grade) and any other transcripts from transfer schools
  • Upload a resume

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission via email at