• #Emory2019 #Oxford2019 Reflections

    It has been more than 36 hours since our Regular Decision admission notifications were posted to OPUS. We thought we would post a short update on what has transpired since and share some pictures. The activity online after our decision release tested our servers for a number of hours. Thankfully all is up and running now and our admitted students can access the Admitted Student Website and wait-listed students can access the Wait List Response site. If you are still experiencing log-in issues please email us at admission@emory.edu.

    On Friday the admission teams from both Emory College and Oxford College spent the day stuffing admit packets. We had hoped to get them in the mail late Friday but a few small snafus postponed the mailing. Our teams will reconvene on Monday to finish the process and the main USPS center in Atlanta will have a visit from a UHaul packed with mail bins on Monday afternoon. We know our admitted students eagerly want to get their hands on their packets, but do know there are a ton of resources you can access through the Admitted Student Website. Thanks for your patience.

    Though the release of decisions is a huge milestone for any Admission Office, the work does not end. The next five weeks will be extremely busy as we welcome thousands of visitors to campus. For the admitted students, we have a variety of unique visit opportunities so we hope you are planning an April visit. If you can’t visit campus make sure to get engaged with our virtual visit options and stay connected via social media. We look forward to seeing and connecting with all the new #Emory2019 and #Oxford2019 students.

    Best wishes!

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    Bins of mail of Emory College, Oxford College, and dual Emory/Oxford admit packets waiting to be sealed and mailed. A big task for this coming Monday.

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    We’ve got a ton of boxes to recycle, but that is because so much good news is hitting the mail.

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    Our celebratory cookie cake which was a nice midday snack during a busy Friday.

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    So so so many letters to sort.

  • Regular Decision Notification Day

    The day has finally arrived. At 6:00 p.m. ET, this evening (Thursday, March 26) Regular Decision admission notifications will be released. Once decisions go live on OPUS, a nearly 8-month process comes to a close and the Class of 2019 comes into focus.orientation

    Starting back on August 1 last year when the Common Application went live, a record number of students submitted applications to Emory University. As the applications were steadily submitted throughout the fall, our admission counselors/advisors trekked across the world meeting prospective students and applicants, while back home our Operations team kept up with the processing of application materials. As the weather got colder and the holidays approached, the admission evaluation process began. First came the QuestBridge matches in early December and then the release of Early Decision I notifications on December 15. Scholars news was released at the end of January, and then Early Decision II notifications went live at February 12. As spring arrived, the admission evaluation processed moved to the intense and deliberate committee reviews.

    Most of you reading this have patiently awaited your decision and are probably counting down the minutes until 6:00 p.m. As you prepare to receive the news (or reflect on the news you have already received), we hope this blog provides some assistance.

    Reminder: How Decisions are Released

    Full details and answers to frequently asked questions about the Regular Decision notification release process can be found here: Regular Decision Notifications Update. The short version is decisions go live at 6:00 p.m. ET through your OPUS account. Decisions are not released over the phone or through email.

    The anticipation is building as we get ready to stuff admit packets!

    What is Going on in the Admission Office Today?

    We closed yesterday with decisions finalized for both Emory College and Oxford College. Today is the day that everything is reviewed. Got to make sure all the proverbial “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed. With thousands of decisions being released for two separate schools and multiple websites to update, you can imagine there are a lot of steps to complete before we feel comfortable pushing the button to release decisions. In addition, our staff will prepare our admit letters and packets, which we will stuff and mail on Friday.

    Some Advice as your Prepare to Receive Your Decision

    Attempt to keep yourself distracted today. Try not to constantly look at the clock. Pursue activities that you enjoy and will keep your mind off of 6:00 p.m. More importantly, after you receive your admission decision, our strong suggestion is that you walk away from your computer or put down your phone or tablet. Go spend time with your family and friends. No matter what decision you receive, get out of the cyber world. This is a major milestone in your life to share first with those closest to you, those who have been there since the earliest moments of your life and who will be there forever. Your family is not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Your family is not this blog. Share this experience, your thoughts, and your emotions, in the real world first. The virtual world will be there later.

    Know that the entire admission staff appreciates all of our applicants. Thank you for allowing us to get to know you through the application process. We know it’s not always easy, and we hope that you found it worthwhile on a personal level, regardless of the admission outcome. As we’ve holistically reviewed each and every applicant, we’ve been encouraged by who you are and who you strive to be.

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Not Admitted

    Please know that we understand how difficult receiving such news can be. We do not take pleasure in not offering admission to students, especially to those for whom Emory College/Oxford College is a top choice. Please do not receive this news as a judgment of your value or your abilities but rather understand the competitive nature of applying to a highly-selective institution. We are confident that there is a college that will be uniquely enriched by your presence on their campus next fall, and you will have an amazing undergraduate experience.IMG_1065 (1)

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Wait-Listed

    The main takeaway is that this decision was not a “no.” We encourage you to log-in to the Wait List Response site linked in your decision letter and spend time reviewing the answers to the frequently asked questions. We know you probably have many questions, and that site will provide you with detailed answers.

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Admitted

    Sincere congratulations! You should feel great pride in this accomplishment. Make sure to login to the Admitted Student Website linked in your decision letter and review all the content available to you. We strongly encourage you to plan a visit, which you can register for under the “Events” tab. Remember, you must post your enrollment decision no later than May 1. Check back tomorrow for further details about the release of admit packets.

    Best wishes to all!

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  • Regular Decision Notifications Update

    Regular Decision admission notifications will be released at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26. The last eight months have been a whirlwind of activity to get to this finish line. The Emory College and Oxford College Admission Committees continue to work diligently in committee to finalize the classes by March 26. With a record-breaking applicant pool, there have been many diligent conversations in our office about each applicant, and we look forward to welcoming the rest of #Emory2019 and #Oxford2019 in just a few short days.

    How will decisions be released?
    Decision notifications will be posted online through your OPUS account. At 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26, log-in to OPUS, scroll to the bottom of the Student Center main page, and locate the Admission section on the left side. When available, you will find a link to “View Online Decision.” If you applied Regular Decision to both Emory College and Oxford, both of your admission notifications will display.

    What is OPUS?
    OPUS (Online Pathway to University Students) is the online portal where students track the status of their application materials and receive their admission decisions. Our OPUS Explained blog entry provides an overview of navigating this system. If you have not yet registered for an OPUS user name and password, you will need to do so in order to check your notification online. If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at OPUSHELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu directly for help.

    Can I receive my admission decision notification in another format?
    Decision notifications are only released through an applicant’s OPUS account. We do not send admission decisions via email, and we are unable to release decisions over the phone.

    Why are decisions posted at 6:00 p.m.?
    We believe that such important news should be experienced in the context of family. We also do not want students to receive admission news in the middle of the school day. We understand that this time does not work for all of our applicants, including many international applicants, but 6:00 p.m. ET is a time when the majority of our applicants are available and with loved ones.

    Anything else I need to know?
    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post a comment to this blog entry, tweet us @emoryadmission, or email us at admission@emory.edu.

  • What’s New @ Oxford: Science Building and Dining Hall Waste

    Oxford Science BuildingThis week’s installment of “What’s New” is brought to you to Myra Frady, CFO of Oxford College and guru of the newest building going up on campus, the Science Building. We spent a few minutes discussing the building and other exciting developments to the campus’ sustainability efforts. Read on to find out what is up and coming at Oxford!

    Tell me about the new Science Building. When will it open? What will be in there?
    There will be nine teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology along with three labs for research, three classrooms, an imaging center and a greenhouse. Faculty offices will also be in the building, along with private and common study areas, and a large common area, called the “Nucleus”, where informal conversations between faculty and students can happen. This new building is going to be able to meet the needs of our outstanding science programs and allow us to grow for years to come.

    You can watch live construction of the building here.

    What are some of the highlights of the new building?
    There will be touchscreens in the front lobby showcasing how the building was constructed for LEED certification. So much of LEED certification is contained in the invisible parts of the building (things like the A/C units, lab chemical hoods, and building construction recycling). Oxford is home to Emory University’s first gold LEED certified buildings in the new residence halls that opened fall 2014, and we are hoping to go for gold again!

    Read more about Emory University’s commitment to going green on our Sustainability Site.

    Tell me about the old oak tree that was taken down to build the Science Building.
    With great care, we cut down a huge oak tree where the building is now being constructed. We actually sent a slice of the tree to the University of Tennessee for analysis and discovered it was “born” in 1803 – older than our university! Wood from the tree has been repurposed for design elements in the “Nucleus” and will also be used in the design of the donor wall honoring those who contributed financially for this great building’s construction.

    On a different topic, I recently heard about a new Oxford initiative to reduce Dining Hall waste that started this semester. How is that going?
    It couldn’t be better! In January, we launched a project to reduce the tons of waste Oxford was sending to the local landfill each week. In the first month, the Dining Hall alone was able to revert over 95% of its waste, sending it to be recycled or composted instead. We’ve been recycling Dining Hall cooking grease to make fuel for campus shuttles for a while now, but this is taking things to a whole new level. Literally tons of garbage that used to go to our local town landfill isn’t anymore.

    And speaking of the Dining Hall, we will break ground in fall 2015 for the new Dining Hall that we plan to open in fall 2016. Lots of new and exciting things happening at Oxford that the campus community is very proud of!

  • The Southern Sense: March

    atlanta skylineWhen asked what the city of Atlanta looks like, many a native has responded with something along the lines of, “it looks like a city that got dropped in the middle of the forest.” And when you look at aerial pictures of the city, you see that’s an apt description. This surprises the people who visit Atlanta knowing only about its concentration of Fortune 500 companies, large collection of universities and colleges, and “notorious” traffic (for what it’s worth, and I won’t name names, Atlanta traffic is nothing compared to the traffic I have experienced in certain major cities during my time in the Mid-Atlantic).

    Instead, prepare to fall in love with our plethora of parks, our tree canopy, and most of all, the eclectic collection of neighborhoods interspersed throughout our city’s heart. When you look at the “Intown” Atlanta skyline, you notice that it sprawls from south to north in three separate clusters. At the bottom you have the downtown skyline, which is home to some Fortune 500 companies. It is also home to the famous Westin Hotel which offers the very best panoramic view of the city from its critically acclaimed top floor restaurant, The Sundial. Above that is the Midtown skyline, which is an interesting amalgamation of architecture, including the Art Déco style of the city’s tallest building, the Bank of America Plaza, and the Gothic style of one the city’s newest and LEED Gold certified buildings, the Symphony Tower. At the top of this Intown group is the Buckhead skyline, which consists of the glittering glass facades of company headquarters and the majestic spires of over fifteen different churches of a variety of faiths.

    What connects these clusters of city streets and buildings are those eclectic neighborhoods I mentioned, each with its own personality. Emory University, nestled on the eastern residential side of Atlanta, is flanked by several such neighborhoods, the largest of which is Decatur. Although technically a city in its own right, Decatur has a walkability and colloquial charm that preserve its place as the neighborhood right around the corner, worth visiting for brunch, an evening out, or a scenic walk. It also plays host to a variety of residents, from students attending nearby colleges to growing families, and from generations of native Atlantans to one of the city’s largest refugee and immigrant populations.

    2_DecaturDubbed “One of the Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living, Decatur’s artisan and craft-focused restaurants such as Leon’s Full Service and Brick Store Pub punctuate the sidewalks amidst its local coffee shops, like Java Monkey and Dancing Goats. The historic DeKalb County Courthouse casts shade on a quaint town square lined with boutiques and bookstores, complete with a gazebo often used as a stage by local talent. Speaking of the local talent, just a block away from the town square is Eddie’s Attic, a small music venue (seating only 165) that has been welcoming aspiring and established musicians to its stage since 1992. Its long list of performers includes John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls (fun fact: both of the latter are Emory alumna!). Don’t be afraid to let your stroll through downtown Decatur take you north on Church Street towards the historic, 54-acre Decatur Cemetery, which is actually a decade older than the city of Atlanta itself, dating back to 1823. Beautiful, flower-gilded roadways chase through the trees, streams, and tombstones, making it a favorite walking and jogging destination for locals and tourists alike.

    Whether it’s your travel plans or purely a yen for better weather that brings you to Atlanta and Emory University this month, we hope you take some time to get to know our neighbors in Decatur. You’ll be glad you did! And if you’re looking for some events to make your visit even more memorable, we recommend you look below at what’s happening around Atlanta.

    3_St Pats image “Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade” in Midtown Atlanta. Saturday, March 14 from 12PM-1:30PM.

    Having started in 1858, this parade is one of the oldest in the country, and it includes everything from floats and dancers to bands and bagpipes. There is no charge for attendance and the parade route map outlines where you can enjoy the parade as it makes its way through the city. Whether you’re Irish by blood or by nature, we welcome you to celebrate with Atlanta’s Irish community, which includes members of The Hibernian Benevolent Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Clan Na NGael, Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society.

    4_Decatur Cemetary“Decatur Ghost Tour” at the Decatur Cemetery near downtown Decatur. Available year-round.

    While you’re in downtown Decatur mingling with its living residents, we also encourage you to get to know its no-longer-living but still “very active” residents in the cemetery during the night. Whether you’re a history buff or a ghost chaser, you’ll enjoy this unique look into Decatur’s history and the lives of some of its more prominent citizens.

    “The Coca-Cola Bottle Exhibit” at The High Museum* in Midtown Atlanta. Now-October, 2015.

    5_Coke exhibit printThis famous museum, considered the leading art museum in the Southeast, was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Arts Association. Amidst current exhibitions of Surrealist painters, African Art, and a black and white photo history of the segregation era (just to name a few), you can find a brand-new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic glass Coca-Cola bottle and the company’s impact on Atlanta. Whether or not you drink Coca-Cola as much as we do here in Atlanta and at Emory (fondly nicknamed the “Coke University” in honor of its intertwined history with the Coca-Cola Company), you’ll learn something new about this global brand that calls Atlanta home.

    ‘Til next month,

    Farish Jerman 11C**
    Senior Admission Counselor
    Emory University
    Office of Undergraduate Admission

    *Quick tip—check with your bank about free museum weekends! Almost all banks designate a certain weekend each month during which their clients can gain free admission to Atlanta arts venues by showing their debit or credit card with the bank name.
    **Emory uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Farish graduated from Emory College of Emory University in 2011.
    Photo credits:
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    http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/03/high-museum-exhibit-to-explore-the-coca-coca-bottle-at-100/
    https://beactivedecatur.wordpress.com/tag/earth-day/
    http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/index.aspx?page=21
  • Experience Emory this Summer

    531259_10151610638616982_1286321624_nIf you are currently a high school junior or sophomore, do you have plans for this summer? Have you heard about the Emory Pre-College Program? This is a summer program designed just for you to spend two weeks, three weeks, or six weeks with us on campus, in class, and making #mEmorys!  Enroll in for-credit (or non-credit) college classes. Live in our residence halls. Explore topics with professors who are leaders in their fields. And spend your free time involved in campus activities, Atlanta excursions, and building lasting friendships with other Pre-College participants.

    Pre-College is an amazing way to experience college life at Emory University, a top-tier nationally ranked institution in Atlanta. Plus, such experiences are highly regarded when admission staff review college applications.

    But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what other students have said:

    Whether it was going to a Braves game, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, going on a burrito run, getting Chipotle, watching the World Cup games, swimming at the SAAC, or even just hanging out as a group in our dorms at night (of course with a shoe in the door), every activity presented me with an opportunity to make some memories at Emory – or should I say #mEmorys?

    Coming from an international high school, I was amazed at the diversity of the student body at this program. Students came from all over the country and one student even came from the Netherlands! My peers were academically gifted, artistically talented, and athletically skilled.

    For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to attend Emory University, but I never had a chance to actually get a glimpse of what college life as an Emory student would be like. So, I decided to apply to the summer pre-college program. On move-in day, I instantly started making connections. The residential advisors were very welcoming and one of them even knew my high school!

    The Pre-College Program is accepting applications now through May 1st. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to live, see, and experience Emory!

    Learn More:

    Pre-College Videos

    Session Dates & Deadlines

    Apply for Pre-College!reading

  • What’s new @ Emory: Chemistry Building Expansion

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    During the 1980s, the first AIDS lab at Emory was established in Atwood, the main chemistry building on campus, which later led to the development of Emtriva, a breakthrough antiviral drug which is now used by more than 90% of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States, and by thousands more around the world. The proceeds from the sale of the drug to a pharmaceutical company are now funding the large expansion and renovation to the cement-clad “bunker” chemistry building. This is great news for the over 200 undergraduate chemistry majors, 120 graduate chemistry students, and faculty members alike. (Fast fact: Emory has nearly twice as many chemistry majors as our other, larger, peer institutions. We must be doing something right!)

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    Expected to open by August 2015, the Atwood expansion will include a five-story, glass-fronted atrium, an open-area library, interactive classrooms that include round tables and large video screens, research labs, and faculty and research offices. Fume hoods throughout the building will also be outfitted with cameras, so that everyone can see demonstrations clearly, like on a cooking show. Pretty snazzy!

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    As with all new construction and renovations at Emory, building designers have worked closely with construction directors to plan the project, which has been designed for certification by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design). This ensures that the construction of the building has been done with recycling and re-use as top priorities and that the day-to-day functioning of the building utilizes green materials and energy-efficient practices. LEED gurus will certify the building once construction is complete with a ranking of silver, gold, or platinum. (Learn more about Emory’s hard-core commitment to being earth-friendly on our Sustainability site.)

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    The new Atwood design is focused on creating a science hub for the university. Chemistry department heads see where cross-discipline conversations and work as the future of their field, and that’s exactly what the design has in mind. The building will bring organic and biochemists, physicians and biologists, faculty and students, together in collaboration on ground-breaking research, teaching forums, and current projects.

     

    Information and picture source: http://www.esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2013/03/emory-chemistry-making-new-space-for.html
    
      
  • What’s New at Oxford

    0101701-14kh-f754-_raw_There’s never a dull moment on either of Emory University’s two campuses – Oxford College and Emory College. Over the next few weeks we will highlight unique places and people who make our campus community what it is – a vibrant, diverse, and FUN place to be!

    Today, meet Oxford College’s Daniel Parson, a celebrated organic farmer who joined the Oxford staff just a year ago. While campus leadership had long held a vision for a campus farm, it wasn’t until 2011 that it became an option when the college inherited 11 acres near campus. Enter Daniel, who came with a desire to model sustainable farming techniques, support the local food community, and provide farm and sustainability education to students.

    Sustainability is a big deal on both campuses, ranging from things like ground-breaking recycling efforts, a concerted effort to serve locally-sourced food in the dining halls, and building LEED certified buildings.

    The grand opening for the Oxford Farm was this past fall, and Daniel and his team have not stopped since!

    1. Since the “grand opening” this past fall, how have things been on the farm?

    The ‘grand opening’, as it turns out, was perfectly timed for the moment when we had many things in place on the new farm. Attendees enjoyed the new barn, toured the planted fields, and saw the hoop house (which allows hardier crops to grow all winter) under construction. What folks may not have noticed was the well, irrigation system, and active marketing of produce. Except for a cold spell before Thanksgiving, we enjoyed nice growing weather until the first full week in January when weather in the low teens killed many crops (but not before offering a one-time veggie box to the public and harvesting for Lil’s – Oxford College’s dining hall).

    2. The farm was certified just a few weeks ago as “organic” by the … What exactly does that mean for you and the farm?

    Organic certification was taken over by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) in the early 2000’s, and the agency accredits private firms who actually do the certification. We applied for certification back in the summer by submitting our Organic System Plan, which includes any materials we are using and our plans for crop planting, insect control, weed management, and every other aspect of production and marketing. They reviewed the plan for compliance with NOP standards and asked us for additional information. Once they were satisfied that we complied ‘on paper’, they sent an inspector out to look at all aspects of the farm and make sure it matched up with our written plan.

    Within a couple weeks of the inspection, we were notified that we had passed and can now sell our vegetables with the organic label! Certification is required if your organic sales are above $5000/year, or if you want to use the USDA seal on your products. Georgia Organics, a statewide non-profit supporting farmers, is campaigning to get 100 farms certified organic in Georgia, and we are one of the first to since they launched the campaign in December.

    3. What are you gearing up to plant this spring?

    We are planning the full season right now, so in a way we are gearing up for planting everything. For spring the focus is on direct-seeded crops like carrots, beets, turnips, and arugula; and transplant crops like collards, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. The transplants get seeded around the first of February and field planting gets underway in March.

    0101701-14kh-f556-_raw_4. How are students involved in the farm this semester?

    Students are directly involved in the farm through work-study, classes that require volunteer time, class meetings at the farm, and research projects. I get to bring the farm to Atlanta by participating in the Emory Farmers’ Market and classes at the Emory College campus. All students are indirectly involved as consumers of our produce at Lil’s and the DUC (Emory College’s dining hall).

    5. What happens to the farm over the summer? Are students still around to help out?

    Summer is a great time to produce delicious high-value crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. We couldn’t sit out such an excellent season, so we have summer internship opportunities for selected students to help.

    organic_farmer5206. What are the farm plans for fall 2015 and beyond?

    With farming, each year I try to do more of what works well and less of what doesn’t. As the farm gets established, I see more community involvement opportunities. This involves creating opportunities for community members to come to the farm and for our students to get involved with the local food community.

    7. As an educator, can you share about a highlight for you from this year?

    What excites me the most about education on the farm is the diversity of disciplines that can take advantage of the farm setting. The fact that economics, chemistry, biology, sociology, and philosophy can all engage in meaningful ways confirms, for me, the importance of creating an organic farm within the liberal arts intensive educational program at Oxford College.

    Want to learn more? Check out the Oxford farm and Daniel Parsons.dsc_0361

  • Early Decision II Notification Day

    Every year there are specific dates that are circled on our admission calendar. Decision notification days are not only circled, they are starred and highlighted, too, because they are so important. Last year on December 15, we began the formation of the Emory and Oxford Classes of 2019 with the release of Early Decision I notifications. Just a couple of weeks ago we continued to add new future freshmen when we released our Emory University Scholars Program news.

    Today the path to the Emory University Class of 2019 continues with the release of Early Decision II admission notifications. If you are an EDII applicant, we know this is a day you have been eagerly awaiting, and we hope the content of this blog assists you as you wait for the decision release or reflect on the news (depending on when you read this).

    Since we often receive phone calls and emails about how the process of notification release works, let’s cover that topic first. Early Decision II notifications will be posted online at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday, February 12) through the applicant’s OPUS account. For the full details and answers to frequently asked questions, make sure you read the full Early Decision II Notifications Update blog post.

    If you have been a fly on the wall of the Admission Office over the last couple of weeks, and especially the last few days, you would have witnessed a busy staff immersed in meticulous work to reach the EDII finish line. Even today there will be finishing touches placed on decisions, finalizing the work of thousands of applications reviews and countless hours of committee discussions. We are detail-oriented, perhaps excessively so, because we understand the time and energy our applicants have put into their applications. A sense of pride always spreads throughout the office on notification days because it becomes clear that the many hours, sleepless nights, and long workdays have been worth it.

    IMG_9814As today unfolds, the Admission staff will finalize decisions, double-check our lists, prepare for the OPUS release, and stuff admit packets. It is a busy and equally exciting day. And when done, the staff moves right on to the Regular Decision review process as the end of March, which is quickly approaching!

    Some advice to the EDII applicants: After you receive your admission decision tonight, our strong suggestion is that you walk away from your computer or put down your phone or tablet. Go spend time with your family and friends. No matter what decision you receive, get out of the cyber world. This is a major milestone in your life to share first with those closest to you, those who have been there since the earliest moments of your life and who will be there forever. Your family is not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Your family is not this blog. Share this experience, your thoughts, and your emotions, in the real world first. The virtual world will be there later for you to provide a social media spin on your news.

    Know that the entire Admission staff appreciates all of our applicants. Thank you for allowing us to get to know you through the application process. We know it’s not always easy, and we hope that you found it worthwhile on a personal level, regardless of the admission outcome. As we’ve holistically reviewed each and every applicant, we’ve been encouraged by who you are and who you strive to be!

    Finally, some thoughts for after decisions have been posted.

    IMG_9824First, to those of you admitted, sincere congratulations from all of us at Emory and Oxford! This continues to be a record year for us, and you should feel great pride in this accomplishment. We hope you are excited and will celebrate with friends and family over the coming days. August may still be seven months away, but it will be here sooner than you can imagine. It’s time to put the Emory or Oxford bumper stick on your car, and celebrate your accomplishments. We look forward to connecting with you through the Class of 2019 Facebook group.

    To those of you who received a wait list decision, the main takeaway is that this decision was not a “no.” We encourage you to log-in to the Wait List Response site linked in your decision letter and spend time reviewing the answers to the frequently asked questions posted there. We know you probably have many questions, and that site will provide you with detailed answers.

    IMG_9804Finally, to the group most disappointed, those not offered admission. Please know that we here in the Admission Office understand how difficult receiving such news can be. None of us take pleasure in not offering admission to students, especially to those for whom Emory College/Oxford College is their first choice. Please do not receive this news as a judgment of your value or your abilities, but rather understand the competitive nature of applying to a highly-selective institution. We are confident that there is a college uniquely enriched by your presence on their campus next fall, and you will have an amazing undergraduate experience.

    Best wishes to all.

  • Early Decision II Notifications Update

    Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 3.43.59 PMEarly Decision II notifications will be released at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 12. The Emory College and Oxford College Admission Committees has worked hard since the beginning of the New Year to review another record-breaking applicant pool. (If you are curious on the size of this year’s applicant pool, read this recent Emory Report story.) Over the next few days,  we will continue to work diligently, finalizing decisions and preparing for notification release.

    How will decisions be released?
    Decision notifications will be posted online through your OPUS account. At 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 12, log-in to OPUS to receive your admission decision. Once logged in, scroll to the bottom of the Student Center main page and locate the Admission section on the left side. When available, you will find a link to “View Online Decision.” If you applied ED II to both Emory College and Oxford, both of your admission notifications will display.

    What is OPUS?
    OPUS (Online Pathway to University Students) is the online portal where students track the status of their application materials and receive their admission decisions. Our OPUS Explained blog entry provides an overview of navigating this system. If you have not yet registered for an OPUS user name and password, you will need to do so in order to check your notification online. If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at OPUSHELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu directly for help.

    Can I receive my admission decision notification in another format?
    Decision notifications are only released through an applicant’s OPUS account. We do not send admission decisions via email, and we are unable to release decisions over the phone.

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    We believe that such important news should be experienced in the context of family. We also do not want students to receive admission news in the middle of the school day. We understand that this time does not work for all of our applicants, including many international applicants, but 6:00 p.m. ET is a time when the majority of our applicants are available and with loved ones.

    Anything else I need to know?
    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post a comment to this blog entry or email us at admission@emory.edu.