Effective March 14, information sessions and campus tours are cancelled for the foreseeable future, and we are unable to meet with families individually should they visit campus. Thank you for understanding as the health of our guests, staff, and campus community remains paramount. We plan to have virtual ways to connect with us in the next few weeks. Read more coronavirus updates from our office.

Coronavirus Updates

Updated: March 25, 2020

The following information is for prospective students, enrolling students, and campus visitors to the Atlanta campus and the Oxford campus. We understand this may be a time of unsurety for you and/or your family. It is our sincerest hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

If your question is not answered, email admission@emory.edu or contact your regional admission counselor directly. 

You may also visit Emory University's coronavirus page for information about how Emory is supporting its community during this time.

Visiting Campus

Visits scheduled for Saturday, March 14 and beyond are cancelled for the foreseeable future on both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus. We apologize for this inconvenience and realize the disruption it may cause you and your family, as many of you planned to visit us this spring.

We understand that you and your family may have mixed emotions about this. Our staff does as well. Hosting families on campus each spring is one of the highlights of our year. At the same time, as we prioritize the health and safety of guests and the campus community, we appreciate Emory's decision to put the health and well-being of all our guests top of mind. That is the foundation of Emory’s culture of care. 

Emory strongly encourages you to reconsider all travel in the context of the pandemic. Avoid all travel through or from countries with ongoing widespread sustained transmission and consider the implications of any travel that might require 14 days of social distancing upon arriving in the US. Seniors and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, non-essential travel, and long plane trips.

If you choose to travel to the Atlanta campus or Oxford campus, please understand that we are closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Under normal circumstances, we love meetings with families and engaging in good conversations! Right now, however, staff are not available to meet with anyone in person.

Effective Monday, March 23, the majority of buildings on both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus are closed and locked to help prevent the spread of illness. Green spaces such as Lullwater Preserve remain open and accessible to the public. If you are on campus, please practice social distancing with anyone you meet. All current students are engaged in remote learning and most have returned home to do so. Campus certainly will not be the normal bustling and lively place we are used to this time of year.

Yes! We'd love to talk with you. Even though we're working remotely, we are still available on email and phone. Our normal operating hours right now are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM eastern time.

We've recently updated our website to include direct phone lines of all of our regional admission staff. Visit the contact us page, locate the staff member for your region or state, and give them a call. Email addresses are also listed if you prefer. Please don't hesitate to reach out with your questions.

Additionally, you can email admission@emory.edu, and we will ensure you receive an email or call back in a timely fashion.

We've got amazing virtual tours of both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus! We invite you to explore and let us know if you have questions. We're able to connect with you via email and phone throughout this time.

Unfortunately, we don't have an answer to that question. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization have emphasized the importance of taking active measures to contain the spread of the virus to mitigate the risk to vulnerable populations. As a world leader in public health and the CDC’s neighbor, Emory has a responsibility to heed this guidance.

A team of representatives from Emory's emergency preparedness, health care, campus life, and other units are acting around-the-clock to protect students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We also continue to work closely with local and state partners to monitor and manage the outbreak.

As soon as our office can re-open to the public, we will let you know. We are eager, just like you are, for things to return to a more normal cadence. If you haven't already, sign up for the mailing list. We'll email everyone when the time comes to welcome visitors to our two campuses again.

Admitted Students

Yes. While we understand that this year is unique with the coronavirus pandemic, at this time the deposit deadline for Regular Decision remains May 1. We hope you can take advantage of the numerous opportunities to engage remotely with us as you make this important college decision.

Should the university decide to extend the deposit deadline, all admitted Regular Decision students will be notified by email.

We understand that the U.S. Department of State suspended routine visa services on March 20 for the time being due to the spread of the coronavirus. This means that U.S. embassies and consulates are not scheduling visa appointments at this time.

Please know that the university is closely monitoring the situation, and we follow all recommendations provided by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Typically, our offices begin working on visa paperwork in April and May, with the majority of the work taking place in April. We continue to work with newly deposited students through June, July, and August. 

At this time, we plan to start the I-20 process as planned, in April. When U.S. embassies and consulates re-open for visa appointments, you will have everything you need in hand and ready to make your appointment as soon as possible. We are hopeful for a smooth I-20 and visa process this year for all incoming international students, including those from impacted regions.

 

For all enrolling students, we understand that some of you may attend schools that are temporarily closed, preventing you from completing what is considered a "typical last semester" of classes, testing protocols, or graduation.

We will continue to work with you and your school in the coming weeks and months to navigate this situation. Typically, we will defer to what your high school has decided to implement for your entire senior class. At this time, we do not anticipate any school situations that would prevent you from enrolling at Emory University.

Transfer Applicants

The short answer is that it won't. Emory University will continue to review all applicants, including those living in regions impacted by the coronavirus, in a holistic and equitable fashion for transfer to Emory College. Emory's commitment to the application review process includes looking at each student's academic preparation in the context of their high school and college along with personal attributes. The coronavirus has not changed our perspective on who to admit or our goal to build a well-rounded transfer class.

We understand that some students attend schools that are temporarily closed. These closures may prevent you from submitting needed materials for your transfer application. We will accept unofficial copies of high school and/or college transcripts. 

Upload these in your Emory applicant portal. Note that your official transcripts will continue to appear as "awaiting" on your checklist, but your application will be reviewed with unofficial transcripts during this application cycle.