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Coronavirus Updates

Updated May 19, 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 or contact your regional admission counselor

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

Incoming First-Year Students

Given the fluidity of the situation, requests to defer enrollment (take a gap year) remain open beyond Emory's traditional June 1 deadline.

As the university’s approach to the coming academic year is shared, families are encouraged to decide what is best for their student’s academic and personal success. If that includes deferring enrollment, please let us know as soon as possible, so that the university can plan accordingly.

Should we need to provide an updated deadline for deferral requests, we will let you know, ensuring any new deadline is respectful of the time families need to make this important decision.

A few additional notes:

  • As with previous years, deferral requests are considered holistically and on a case-by-case basis. Students are encouraged to provide as much information about their plans as possible when they submit their request.
  • Students may defer enrollment for a full year, entering Emory University in August 2021. We do not offer spring enrollment.
  • Emory University does not have a cap on how many students can defer enrollment. The university has never operated with such a cap, and we do not plan to have one this year.

Please review the deferral policy for your campus, and note that all deferral requests must be approved by our office.

As a private institution, Emory University makes its own decisions, independent of the city of Atlanta or the state of Georgia. Emory will adhere to all local, state, and federal laws while making decisions that are specific to, and focused on, the safety and health of our Emory community.  

The university has continually focused on contributing to efforts to help flatten the curve, including maintaining a shelter in place protocol for all non-critical staff and employees. As a global health leader and neighbor of the CDC, we feel it is our public duty and responsibility to lead by example.  

Critical staff and employees on campus are practicing social distancing as well as wearing masks. In late May and early June, critical research is allowed on campus again for the first time since mid-March. The university has developed guidelines and protocols for all involved in this "research ramp-up" to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees involved in these critical components of the university's work.

We are all eager to know when we will have sufficient information to make this decision and share the phased in for fall 2020. Announce too soon, and we may have to alter plans in June or July because of rapidly changing infection rates. Wait too late, and the university and you, incoming families, will not have enough time to plan appropriately

Emory is using its expertise in crisis response, public health, medicine, and pedagogical delivery to make this decision with excellence in mind.  

Emory University is doing all it can to host an on-campus academic and residential learning experience for the Atlanta and Oxford campuses this fall. What that looks like may take several forms, and our planning scenarios include in-person classes, versions of remote learning, or a combination of the two. 

As a global leader in public health, Emory is uniquely positioned to make thoughtful and informed decisions. We will maintain the highest standards in educational outcomes as well as the health and safety for our students, faculty, and staff. 

As soon as the university's fall 2020 plans are available to the Emory community, we will share them with you, too.

We will settle for nothing less than excellence in the arenas of teaching, learning, and safety. Our Interim Provost Jan Love recently shared guiding principles, some of which include:  

  • Emory will continue to vigorously pursue our mission, to create, teach, and preserve knowledge in the service of humanity.
  • The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount.
  • We will make decisions based on the best medical, scientific, and public health evidence.
  • We will be compliant with all local state and federal laws as well as our accreditation boards.
  • We will continue to offer incredible academics.
  • We will continue to protect our students’ ability to afford an Emory education.
  • The ability of faculty, staff, and students to conduct research and engage in scholarship will be fully supported.
  • On-campus activities will resume just as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • Decisions will allow for flexibility to respond to rapid, and perhaps unanticipated, changes in circumstances.
  • Decisions will be reached in the context of shared governance and through processes that are transparent and collaborative.
  • Decisions will be supported by the best available data and draw upon and leverage the considerable expertise and intellectual capacity of the university.
  • Decisions will allow for flexibility to respond to rapid and perhaps unanticipated changes in circumstances.

  • Financial well being will be assessed with respect to the short, medium and long term impacts on our community and emory's financial health
  • Cost reductions through efficiency and discretionary spending will be prioritized so as to minimize the impact on employment and compensation for employees.
  • If reductions affecting employment or compensation become necessary, they will be done in a fair and equitable manner that protects the most vulnerable, lowest paid populations to the greatest extent possible.

Emory University is home to one of the world’s leading collection of experts in public health. We have the expertise of treating the Ebola virus. On the Atlanta campus, we have a university hospital literally 20 yards from some first-year residence halls, and the CDC is just a 10-minute walk from the quad. The university has far more resources and capabilities than most, and for that we are incredibly fortunate. 

Doctors, nurses, and virologists join conversations with colleagues from both the Atlanta and Oxford campuses. Leaders from all nine schools, Campus Life, Campus Services, Student Health, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and more are at the table. Together with CEPAR, the university’s critical response unit, we are drawing on all areas of expertise to develop a plan. 

Our offices started the I-20 process in April. Once we have received and processed your deposit, you will get an email from us with your next steps.

We understand that many embassies and consulates are open again, after the U.S. Department of State suspended routine visa services for parts of April. As U.S. embassies and consulates re-open for visa appointments, students should have everything they need in hand and ready to make their  appointment as soon as possible. 

International students may be eligible for an expedited interview appointment. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) FAQ site for more information about this aspect of the visa process and other resources.

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).


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.

Emory will accept any new grading policies adopted by your school, including pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades. We encourage enrolling students, as much as they are able, to continue to engage with their coursework and their teachers during this time. Remember that leadership doesn't always come with a title, and compassion is core to the human experience, especially during times like these.

Emory University will accept AP credit in the same way as we have in the past. Review our AP test and credit policies.

We do not plan to add additional, university-specific, entrance exams for Emory class placement.

Visiting Campus

Both the Atlanta and Oxford campus have virtual information sessions available

Visit our virtual visit calendar to select a date and time that works for you!

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.

All on-campus visits are cancelled for the foreseeable future, effective March 14. This includes visits for 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. 

The City of Atlanta and Emory University strongly encourages you to reconsider all travel in the context of the pandemic. 

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 meeting with families and engaging in good conversations. Right now, however, staff are not available to meet with anyone in person.

At this time, the majority of buildings on both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus are locked to help prevent the spread of illness and to ensure our buildings remain secure. 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. We also strongly encourage you to wear a mask for additional safety.

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, and we will ensure you receive an email or call back in a timely fashion.

Unfortunately, we do not know. 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 the situation.

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.

Incoming Transfer Students

Yes, the deadline to pay your deposit remains June 1 this year. We understand that the circumstances for making your college choice are complex especially this year.