Frequently Asked Questions

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LEADs Experience FAQs

The Emory Leadership, Enrichment, Advocacy, and Discovery (LEADs) Experience is designed to support the recruitment of talented, high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds, including, but not limited to, Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native/Indigenous student populations. More information can be found here:

The Emory LEADs Experience encompasses an in-person, three-day, overnight leadership retreat that will be held on Thursday, October 17th – Saturday, October 19th, 2024, for about 100 students. In addition, there will be virtual opportunities to engage with current students and staff during the fall semester. Students will also receive a monthly newsletter beginning in September.

Yes, The LEADs Application is due Sunday, August 11th at 11:59pm Eastern to be considered for the in-person Leadership Retreat.

Students who miss the August 11th deadline to apply are encouraged to utilize the four (4) LEADs Admission Guidebooks as a resource throughout their college application process. In addition, students can connect with current Emory students through Welcome to College and can sign up for Emory’s virtual and in-person Information Sessions here.

The Leadership Retreat is scheduled for Thursday, October 17th through Saturday, October 19th and participation is by invitation-only. Students will have the opportunity to explore our vibrant campus, engage in leadership development programming, as well as meet and interact with committed and diverse professors, campus life staff, and current students.

Please note:Invited students are required to attend the entire on-campus program and cannot arrive late or depart early.

No. All students who submit an Emory LEADs Experience Application by Sunday, August 11th at 11:59pm ET will be considered for admission to the Leadership Retreat. However, to create an intentional and quality experience, our goal is to bring roughly 100 LEADs students to campus for the Leadership Retreat.

Students will be notified no later than Friday, September 20th by the end of the business day. Students who are admitted to the Leadership Retreat will receive separate communications with details about the experience.

Not at all! As a reminder, acceptance to the Emory LEADs Experience Leadership Retreat is not a reflection of your admission to Emory.

The Leadership Retreat is just one aspect of our Emory LEADs Experience. There will be other ways to connect with LEADs, including attending our virtual sessions, utilizing our Admission Guidebooks, asking your questions in the Discussion Board, and communicating with current students via Welcome to College.

The Emory Leadership, Enrichment, Advocacy, and Discovery (LEADs) Experience is tailored towards underrepresented high school seniors in college admission. These student populations include, but are not limited to:

  • First-generation college students
  • Black/African American students
  • Latinx/Hispanic students
  • Native/Indigenous students
  • Rural students
  • Students from underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds

That being said, any high school senior is welcome to participate if they feel the content would be meaningful and helpful for their college application process.

Upon submitting their Emory LEADs Experience Application, students will receive an email confirmation as well as subsequent emails about programming throughout the fall semester.

Parents/guardians/advocates with questions about the college application process are encouraged to download our LEADs College Admission Guidebooks and review the table of contents in each to learn more about the specific topics discussed. The Guidebooks are featured in both English and Spanish.

Parents can also reach out to us directly at any time with their questions.

Please note:The in-person Leadership Retreat is for high school seniors only.

We hope that the Emory LEADs Experience serves as an additional support system for first-generation college and underrepresented students navigating the college application process. As such, high school seniors are able to participate in the program no matter their intention to apply.

All Leadership Retreat 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 all their travel expenses covered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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