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Coronavirus Updates

Updated June 25, 2020

The following information is for prospective students, enrolling first-year and transfer students, and campus visitors to the Atlanta campus and the Oxford campus. We understand this may be a time of uncertainty 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 below, contact your regional admission counselor, email (Atlanta campus) or (Oxford campus). We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit Emory Forward for information about the university’s plans for the fall 2020 semester and what Emory is doing to support its community.

Prospective Students and Applicants

Emory University will not require standardized tests for applicants in the 2020-2021 year (first-year students who plan to enroll in Fall 2021). This policy applies to both entry points of Emory University, Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Oxford College, all decision plans (both Early Decision rounds and Regular Decision), and all merit scholarship consideration (including membership in any of Emory’s Scholar Programs). 

We anticipate that many students took the SAT and/or ACT prior to the Coronavirus disruptions or will choose to take a test this fall. Emory will continue to accept self-reported test scores, and these scores will be reviewed in the context of the student’s application. We expect that standardized test scores will continue to demonstrate academic preparation.

For students who choose to send scores, the Admission Committee will view the scores within the context of your application. We will continue to accept self-reported test scores. We will continue to superscore the SAT and, this year and future years, will superscore the ACT.

Students will not have to justify their reasons for not submitting test results. Additionally, students will not be disadvantaged in the review process if they do not submit scores.

In the absence of test scores, the admission committee will lean even more heavily on other application materials, including an applicant’s personal statements, short answer questions, letters of recommendation, high school transcript, and, where available, feedback from the Alumni Interview Program.

We will continue to look for students who have:

  • Taken challenging classes in the context of their high school and done well in them.
  • Pursued outside-of-class educational, volunteer, or work opportunities.
  • Authentically shared of themselves through their application personal statements and short answer questions.

Review strong personal statement examples.

Review this year’s test policy in detail.

Students who have taken a test, or more than one test, but prefer not to submit those scores can make that choice.

Incoming Students

Emory University leadership, informed by our leading medical and science experts and by federal, state and local health directives, has announced the following for fall 2020:
  • We will offer both online and in-person classes this fall on both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus, allowing us to provide the excellence of an Emory education to all students.
  • Students will be able to choose to be on campus and take in-person and virtual classes. Or to take classes fully online from their current location. Our goal is for everyone to feel comfortable participating in the community and to have options that reflect your preferences.
  • The academic calendar will shift to start on August 19, with classes ending November 24, before Thanksgiving. Exams will be conducted remotely after Thanksgiving.
  • There will be no Labor Day holiday or fall break this fall semester.
  • Residence halls will be open with a standard of no more than two students per room.
Students will have options for learning on campus or interacting remotely. We will deliver an equivalent Emory experience, knowing the necessity of health and safety protocols prevent us from providing an identical experience to past years.

Details about move in, housing, and orientation are still being decided for each campus and will be communicated to incoming students via email in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience and support as we make decisions in support of an equitable and safe educational experience.

We encourage families to review Emory Forward for information about our community's values, outlook on campus health and safety, classroom spaces, and residence halls. We have worked with our public health experts, relying on the best medical and scientific advice, to implement plans to create a safe environment for all community members. As the world learns more about COVID-19, our plan will evolve, and protocols will be adjusted as needed.  

Additionally, first-year and transfer students should refer to their campus for more details about housing, class registration, and orientation.

Updates will continue to be posted to these websites throughout the summer as well as communicated to you via your Emory and personal email address. Please continue to check email regularly.

We understand you will probably have questions, and we encourage you to reach out to us. Contact your regional admission staff, email (Atlanta campus), or (Oxford campus). We look forward to hearing from you. While we may not have all the answers yet, we are happy to discuss what we know and when more decisions are expected.

Requests to defer enrollment (take a gap year) remain open beyond Emory's traditional June 1 deadline. Now that the Emory Forward plan has been 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.

At this time, there is no deadline for deferring enrollment. 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 limit how many students can defer enrollment. The university has never restricted deferral requests, and we do not plan to do so this year.

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

By now you should have received instructions to complete your I-20 paperwork. If you have not, please contact your appropriate campus, so we can help you start this process in a timely fashion.

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. Please note that some students may be eligible for an expedited interview appointment, depending on their home country and the procedures of your embassy or consulate.

Emory University is here to support you with any questions, concerns, or potential issues you may face in getting to the United States and to campus for an on-campus residential experience. Please contact the advisor on the appropriate campus with your questions.

We understand that many incoming first-year and transfer students attend(ed) 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. Remember that leadership doesn't always come with a title, and compassion is core to the human experience, especially during times such as 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. 

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 summer.

We understand that you and your family may have mixed emotions about this. Our staff does as well. Hosting families on campus is one of the highlights of our job. 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 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.

The majority of buildings on both the Atlanta campus and Oxford campus are 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, you must practice physical distancing and wear a mask. Read more about the health and safety protocols for being on campus.

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.

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 are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM eastern time.

Our website includes 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 you can expect an email back in 1 business day.

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.

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