• Sneak Preview: 2014-15 Emory University Supplemental Essay Topics

    Summer is winding to a close, and we know y’all have a lot to do before school starts. Many of you have begun to think about your college applications and some many have even started planning out certain sections. For the non-procrastinators out there, we wanted to provide you with a sneak preview of our 2014-15 Emory University Supplemental Essay topics.

    While your supplemental essay isn’t due until November for Early Decision applicants or January for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants, we wanted to give you ample time to mull the options over and compose your answer.  In addition to the Common Application’s Personal Statement, you will be required to compose an answer—500 words or less—to one of these essay options:

    Essay Option 1
    Emory University welcomes first-year students with two distinct options to begin their liberal arts education: the research-infused Emory College or the smaller, experiential learning Oxford College. If you could create an academic course that is in the Emory University spirit of collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship and inquiry, what would it be? What impact would the course have on you and your classmates’ educational experience?

    Essay Option 2
    What is something you have taught yourself in the last year? How did you teach yourself this new skill or concept and what was the result?classroom

    Your supplemental essay should provide insight on your character as well as your potential fit with Emory University. Please consider your response thoughtfully, as the Admission Committee has special interest in this portion of your application.

    In closing, we wanted to remind you that Emory College and Oxford College are both great options for enthusiastic scholars and progressive thinkers—and the application makes it simple and convenient to apply to Emory, Oxford, or both! If you visit http://apply.emory.edu/apply, you’ll find useful information to help you understand the differences (and similarities) between the two colleges. If you can’t find answers there, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at admission@emory.edu.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer—we look forward to reading your responses!


  • Tips for Planning Your Summer Visit to Emory

    As summer officially begins in a few days, the number of students visiting colleges will increase greatly. We hope many of you who have not yet visited us, are planning to do so soon. Below we have compiled a list of answers to all of your Emory College summer campus visit questions.

    How do I register?
    Check out our calendar at http://www.emoryadmission.com/visit/index.php and fill out a short form to let us know when you plan to visit. We are open most weekdays throughout the summer, offering morning visit options in June, and morning and afternoon options in July and August.


    Where do I stay? How do I get there?
    For hotels and directions to campus, go to http://apply.emory.edu/visit/planning.php.

    What do I bring?
    Summer weather in Georgia can be somewhat unpredictable, but a typical summer day will be warm and quite humid. We recommend that you pack lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, as well as any sun protectants that you find necessary (such as hats, sunglasses, or sun screen). We also recommend bringing umbrellas in case a sporadic Georgia summer shower rolls in!

    What can I expect during my visit?
    First, you’ll check in with us at the front desk. You can grab Starbucks (located on the first floor) to help wake you up or cool you down. Next will be an hour long information session with one of our awesome Admission Counselors. Afterwards, you’ll head out on a tour with one of our amazing current students. Your tour will last between 60-75 minutes.


    What can I do after my visit?
    After your campus visit, you can continue to explore the Emory campus and surrounding areas. Plan to have lunch in Emory Village or Emory Point, or take a stroll through Lullwater Park and check out President Wagner’s House! There are many other options to Explore Atlanta as well. Virginia Highlands, Decatur and Midtown are some of the favorite locations for Emory students, and are only a few minutes away from our campus. When you come to visit, make sure to ask us some of our favorite restaurants, attractions, and current Atlanta events!

    You can also plan a visit to our Oxford College campus as well. Visit here to register for an Oxford College campus visit.0041502-13BM-F167

    For any other questions you might have, please reach out to us. You can comment here, email us at admission@emory.edu, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    We look forward to seeing you this summer!

  • Spend the summer at Emory!

    class_on_quadAre you a rising high school junior or senior? Do you want to spend your summer at Emory? If so, the Emory Pre-College program is the perfect option for you! You’ll get to spend two to six weeks on Emory University’s main campus while getting a taste for academic and residential life while you’re here.

    What is the Pre-College program?

    The Emory Pre-College Program offers a wide range of two-week non-credit courses and six-week undergraduate courses for credit in a variety of disciplines. Students will experience college-level academics with some of Emory’s top faculty—all leading experts in their fields.

    A typical day at the Pre-College program will combine academics, extracurricular activities, community outreach and much more. In addition, you’ll build new friendships and make connections at Emory before you even apply to college.

    How do I apply?

    Applicants to the Pre-College program must complete and submit the following:

    1. The Online Application
    2. $60 application fee.
    3. A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.
    4. An official high school transcript
    5. Your SAT or ACT scores (If you have not taken the SAT or ACT yet, you may submit a copy of your most recent PSAT report)

    You have until June 15th to submit a Pre-College Program application. If you have any questions about the program, please email precollege@emory.edu or visit the Pre-College contact page.

    The Emory Pre-College Program is a great opportunity to see what college life is all about. You’ll discover new things about Emory University, the city of Atlanta and yourself. Apply today to experience all that the Pre-College program has to offer!


  • Making the Big Decision

    IMG_0073As the May 1st response deadline approaches, many of you have a major decision on the horizon. With less than a week remaining, those of who are admitted but not committed are probably feeling a mix of anxiety, confusion, and hopefully a tinge of excitement too. Clearly, this is one of the biggest decisions you have needed to make so far in your life, and you should be commended for taking your time and focusing your energies. (And they say “getting in” is the hardest part!)

    So how do you choose? How do you make this big decision? What is the value of an education at one institution compared to another? What is the right choice, the perfect fit? Asking others these questions is acceptable, but in the end it is you and you alone who must make the choice. This decision-making process challenges your ability to self-analyze your personal priorities and preferences while forcing you to attempt to predict the next four years of your life. And not only does this choice impact those next four years—your school will become your alma mater and an important line on your resume.

    OK, that last paragraph probably just added to your stress level. So let’s change gears for the rest of this post and provide the best possible assistance we can for tackling this decision. If you can approach your decision-making process with an organized mind and game plan, you will find clarity and hopefully the right choice will illuminate itself. Our advice falls into four buckets:

    1. Self-Analyze

    Determine what is it you want/need and then research all the aspects behind the decision. Self-analysis is crucial before deciding which college to attend. Ask yourself the critical questions, and be honest with yourself when it comes to the answers:

    • What kind of a school do I want to attend for four year? Location? Atmosphere?
    • What kind of student body am I looking for? Do I think I will mesh well with the current students?
    • What kind of academic opportunities will be available to me as an undergraduate, and how am I looking to be educated?
    • Same question, but relate it to extracurricular options. Which is more important: strong academics, an active social life, or a mix of both?
    • What about the faculty? Are they accessible? Can I see myself learning from them? Do I want to learn from them?
    • Will I learn? Will I have fun? Will I be challenged? Will I easily engage? Which of these matters most?
    • Will I be proud in four years to call myself an alumnus of the school?
    • Will I / can I make a difference?

    IMG_0081If you visited your final choice schools it is probably easier to answer these questions. If you didn’t visit, you can conduct tons of research via websites and social media to get a feel for the school, its student body, and the faculty. Comparing what you value with the attributes of each school that remains on your list will aid you greatly.

    2. Make a Pro / Con List

    For some, Pro / Con lists are tedious or laughable. Trust us they work, especially for this kind of decision-making. Make lists for each school you are still considering. It is time for you to really start thinking about fit. No school is perfect, so make sure to be as detailed listing strengths as you are listing weaknesses.

    Not only is this the time where you can catalog your personal opinions about each school, it also becomes a study in what characteristics you find most important. If you did a self-analysis, now is the perfect time to match the list of qualities your want to your opinions about what each school has to offer. Location, size, friendliness, professors, extracurricular offerings, cost, academic opportunities, etc. List everything from the most important detail to the most insignificant. Nothing is too ridiculous to be included on these lists—consider it a personal brain dump that in the end will bring clarity, focus, and the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. All in all, this is your compare and contrast system, and it will work.

    3. Ignore Statistics and Rankings


    Though rankings and statistics can be helpful as you first start thinking about colleges and as you decide where to apply, in all honesty, numberscan be manipulated to prove any point you want. To make your final decision, throw U.S. News out the window and avoid side-by-side number comparisons of schools. It is time to focus on the intangibles. Each of the schools that have admitted you will all offer amazing opportunities. This is not an apple versus orange versus kiwi decision, but rather a gorgeous green apple versus a shiny red apple versus a delicious yellow apple. Numbers do not predict whether you will be happy for the next four years, whether you will be challenged, whether you will be stimulated. The top schools are all top schools . It now comes down to fit, and a percentage, formula, or statistic does not determine fit.

    4. Take Advice with a Grain of Salt

    We strongly encourage you to make sure to avoid hearsay, conjecture, myths, and rumors—they often are far from the truth. Every person sees every college differently. Do your own analyses, get information directly from the source, and avoid biased comments. Value your personal conclusions over all others. There is no cardinal rule that says if you read it or heard it; it must be 100% true. Consider everything—both overly positive and overly negative comments—with a grain of salt. Constantly question the source, and consider the agenda of the person feeding you information. Ultimately your own personal conclusions will be the best guide.

    Clearly you need to talk with others about this decision, and your family should be the top of the list. Your college counselor or respected teachers are other great sources. Friends can be helpful, but their advice could also be worth little. Make sure to gather information from the schools themselves. Avoid anonymous sources. In the end, filter through all the information you have compiled to make the best decision for you.


    If all else fails… just choose Emory. You can’t go wrong.

    Seriously though, if you remain confused at the end, go with your gut. We hope you will choose Emory University (wink, wink). Whatever your choice, understand one last important concept—one of the hidden truths of college admission is that once a student commits to a school they begin to mold their choice into the perfect school. So whatever school you’ve chosen will become your perfect college experience. These four years are what you make of them, so go out there and be successful.

    Best wishes!

  • Welcome to Emory!

    We’ve got a bunch of special messages coming your way from current Emory students (so be sure to keep an eye on the student blog during the month of April!). Today, however, we offer a hearty congratulations and a sincere welcome from everyone here in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We’ve been with you the whole way, and we are so excited to finally say, “Welcome to the family!”.

  • Regular Decision Notification Day


    The light at the end of the tunnel is here for all of our Regular Decision applicants. After 6:00 p.m. ET tonight, Regular Decision admission notifications will be posted to  students’ OPUS account, and the Emory College and Oxford College classes of 2018 will nearly be complete. If you did not review the blog entry we posted earlier in the week related to how decision release will operate, we encourage you to read it now: Regular Decision Notifications Update.

    Unlike with our Early Decision I release day, we won’t be live blogging decision release this time—our staff is hard at work confirming decisions. However, we did though want to mark this special day with a new entry providing some helpful advice as our applicants prepare to and ultimately receive their decision.


    1) Stay in the moment

    Receiving your college decision is a major milestone, and you should share your initial reactions and emotions with the people closest to you. We strongly suggest that once you receive your admission decision, you walk away from your computer or put down your phone or tablet. No matter what decision you receive, get out of the cyber world and spend time with your family and true friends. These people have been there since the earliest moments of your life, and they will be there forever. The people closest to you are not some online community. They are not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or any other form of social media. Please heed this advice. Receive your decision and sign off. Don’t update your Facebook status. Don’t post your decision on some “confidential” website. Share this experience, your thoughts, and your emotions in the real world first.

    When you do share your good news on social, especially if you are posting pictures of your letter, please take caution and do NOT show your EMPLID, as that number provides access to your private OPUS account.


    2) Understanding an Admit Decision

    To those of you who will receive an admit decision, all of us at Emory and Oxford offer you sincere congratulations. We hope you are excited and celebrating. It was a pleasure getting to know you through your application and we hope you will plan a visit to campus this April for an admitted student event. The Admission staff and our current student ambassadors are available to answer your questions, and help you determine whether Emory University is your future destination. Cherish this accomplishment. There will be a lot more to discuss with our admitted students in the coming days

    and weeks, including a special blog entry tomorrow that you should check out.


    3) Understanding a Waitlist Decision

    To those of you who receive a wait list decision, the main takeaway is that this decision was not a “no.” We understand that wait list decisions are hard to deal with as they feel much like a state of limbo. Wait list decisions exist because of the sheer competition of college admission these days, and the unpredictability of enrollment. A wait list decision is more a statement about the overall quality of our applicant pool and the limited number of spots we can offer to make our classes. The Admission staff respects the frustration and apprehension of such a decision and therefore we have worked on a very helpful FAQ page that is posted to wait list response site linked in your decision letter. We strongly suggest reading through that information as it provides helpful information and advice.


    4) Understanding a Deny Decision

    Finally, to those who will not be offered admission. Please know that we here in Admission understand how difficult receiving such news can be. We do not take pleasure in not offering admission to students. In fact, not admitting students is the hardest part of our jobs. Please understand that this is not a judgment of your value and your ability, but rather a reflection of  the competitive nature of applying to a highly selective institution. We are a 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.

    In the end, whatever the news you receive later tonight, we wish you all the best.

  • Regular Decision Notifications Update

    2014-03-25 11.57.19It’s been nearly a month since our last post. Please don’t read that long break as neglect, but rather a sign of how busy things have been in the Admission Office since the calendar turned to March. March Madness doesn’t just define the NCAA basketball tournament—it also perfectly describes the pace in an undergraduate admission office this time of year. We’re pleased to say, however, that the long nights, working on the weekends, and endless deliberations are worth it, as we will be able to release admission decision notifications for Regular Decision applicants before our anticipated date of April 1.

    Regular Decision admission notifications will be released at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 27. The Emory College and Oxford Undergraduate Admission staff will spend the next few days finalizing the Class of 2018 and sharing the news with our applicant pool. Let’s address the key questions many have about how our decision notification release will work.

    How will decisions be released? Decision notifications will be posted online through your OPUS account. After 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 27, you will need to log in to your OPUS account to check your admission decision. Once logged in, scroll to the bottom and locate the Admission section on the left side of the “Student Center” main page. When available, you will find a link to “View Online Decision” under the Admission section. If you applied Regular Decision to both Emory College and Oxford College both of your admission decisions will display.

    Wait, what is OPUS? If you have not yet retrieved your OPUS user name and password, you will need to do so in order to check your notification online. You can set up your network here: https://secure.web.emory.edu/it/acm/getpassword.cfm. If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at OPUSHELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu for information on how to proceed.

    Can I receive my admission decision notification in another format? Decision notifications are only released through a student’s OPUS account. We do not send admission decisions via email and we are unable to release decisions over the phone. Students who are admitted will be mailed an admit packet, and those packets will be sent out at the end of the day on Friday.

    I applied for need-based financial aid. When will I know my estimated award?IMG_0201 If you applied for financial aid, your estimated award information will be available under the Finances section of your OPUS account after 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 28. If additional documentation is needed to complete your financial aid application, your award will not be available at that time. Click the “To Do List” on the right side of the page for a list of pending items. Required documents must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by April 11 in order to receive an estimated award prior to the May 1 admission deposit deadline.

    Why are decisions posted at 6:00 p.m.?
    The reason we wait to release decision notifications until the evening is we feel that such news should be a personal experience that you share with your family. We do not believe students should receive admission news in the middle of the school day, and by 6:00 p.m. ET, the majority of our applicants are out of school. (We understand that this system does not work neatly for our international applicants.)

    Anything else I should know at this moment?
    Stay tuned to the Inside Emory Admission blog. On Thursday we will have further details about the decision release process, and on Friday the Admission staff will reflect on this long, yet exhilarating process.

  • Likely Letters

    Apologies for the lack of updates the past couple of weeks. The pace in the Office of Admission at this time of year can only be described as fast and furious. After battling Mother Nature twice to release our Scholars notifications on January 31 and a delayed release of Early Decision II notification on February 17, the staff has been hunkered down processing and evaluating Regular Decision applications. With a goal to complete first-reads by March 10 and then three weeks of committee work to meet a decision release by April 1, we have little time for non-application review activities.0072702-10BM-F003-MAN

    We’re discussing today a common practice in the college admission process known as the “likely letter.” A likely letter is a notification sent by the admission committee to a select handful of applicants in advance of the official release of admission decisions. This letter informs these highly accomplished applicants that the admission committee finds their application quite impressive and the likelihood of their admission is strong. Though a likely letter is not an official letter of acceptance and conditions are included in the letter encouraging students to maintain their academic performance and strong personal conduct, in almost all situations these letters foreshadow a student’s admission.

    The Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission has not pursued the practice of sending likely letters to applicants in the past, but this year it was decided to release a handful of such letters at the end of February. The landscape of highly selective college admission becomes more competitive each year. It is our belief that by sending an early communication to some of our strongest candidates in our Regular Decision applicant pool, they will “feel the loveand think more fondly of Emory as their future destination. It is also a chance to invite these students to plan an April admitted student campus visit in advance.

    Though less than 10% of our future admitted students will receive this communication, we know that word can spread quickly and lead to many questions. Therefore, in the spirit of transparency, we felt it important to discuss this new practice for Emory and answer some of those anticipated questions.

    How many students will receive a “likely letter?”
    Less than 300 letters were released to Regular Decision applicants to Emory College. Oxford College did not release any such likely notifications, but last week did send approximately 30 early acceptance letters.

    How will I know if I am getting such a letter?
    We sent an email to those students receiving this notification and informed them to check the Communications Center of their OPUS account. Our likely letters are not mailed but uploaded to a student’s OPUS Communication Center as a new, unread notification.

    Please do not contact our office to inquire whether you have been selected to receive this updated notification. If no new letter appears in your OPUS Communication Center then you are not one of the selected students. Unfortunately, our communications staff cannot check your status if you call or email.

    I got a letter. Do I have to reply? Does this mean I am admitted?
    First of all, congratulations on your achievements thus far. Please review the letter carefully as it explains clearly the purpose of the notification. There is no need to reply, just accept the letter as a celebration of your strong accomplishments. However, note that this is not a formal offer of admission and your application will continue to be reviewed by the admission committee. As the letter explains, a review of your mid-year report will still need to take place, and there is an expectation that you maintain your academic performance and personal conduct. We only sent these letters to students that are the strongest in our applicant pool, so if nothing drastically changes with your application in the next month, you can expect to receive an official admission offer by April 1.picture-12.png

    If I don’t get one of these letters, what does that say about my chances for admission?
    Nothing. As explained above, only a very small handful of Regular Decision applicants received this notification. This is approximately less than 10% of the students who will be admitted Regular Decision. The vast majority of applicants do not receive a likely letter, and not receiving a letter does not reveal anything about one’s chances for admission. There are many other strong applicants out there and offers of admission to be issued in a month.

    We understand that knowing that other applicants received a sneak preview of potential good news can be frustrating and even disheartening. Do not read that much into this. There are many other students in our applicant pool that the admission committee will be excited to admit in a few weeks. The wait can be agonizing and we respect that. The light at the end of the tunnel nears, and we thank you for your continued patience.

    Additional questions.
    Please feel free to post a comment to this blog entry if you have a question not addressed above. We will attempt to answer your question as best as possible.

  • Early Decision II Notifications Delay

    Update – 10:45 a.m. – Thursday, February 13

    As many of you are probably aware, the Southeast part of the United States was hit by a very dangerous winter weather storm this week. Emory University has been closed for the last three days due to this storm and the adverse travel conditions throughout Georgia. Unfortunately, we now need to delay the release of admission decision notifications for Early Decision II applicants. Decision notifications will now be available online through your OPUS Student center at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17For those who applied for financial aid, estimated award information will now be available by the afternoon of Tuesday, February 18.

    We understand this delay comes as a disappointment. The admission staff has continued to work remotely during this time, however we will only feel comfortable releasing Early Decision II notifications when our staff has the time to meet in the office to ensure accuracy and the proper release process. We do not anticipate any further delays and thank you for understanding. If any further updates are needed they will be posted to this blog entry. If you should have any questions, you may email us at admission@emory.edu as we continue to respond to emails despite the University being closed.

    Originally posted – 3:00 p.m. – Monday, February 10 

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  • Emory University Scholars Program Notification Release Update

    Update Posted Wednesday, January 29 at 10:45 a.m. Screen-Shot-2014-01-28-at-5.45.02-PM

    Two quick updates for those monitoring this blog about the release of Emory University Scholars Program notifications. Yes, notifications will be posted at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight (Wednesday, January 29). Despite Emory University and Oxford College being closed due to the terrible conditions of the roads through Atlanta and Georgia following a winter storm, much of the Admission staff is working remotely to assure that Scholars notifications are released on time.

    Also, a number of you posted in the comments that you did not receive the notification email. It seems there were some delays in the sending of the messages based on email clients that was out of control. Hopefully by now you have all received the email. If not, you can email admission@emory.edu.  and we can look into the issue and respond back in a timely fashion.

    Finally, if you want to see some pictures of the wintry blast that hit Emory yesterday, take a look at our #IAMEMORY blog.

    Posted Tuesday, January 28

    Things continue to be quite busy in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Much of the past few weeks has seen the Admission Committee working diligently along with the Emory University Scholars Program selection committee to finalize decisions on a record applicant pool for the Scholars Program. We can now report that for those applicants who applied through our Emory University Scholars Program, notifications will be available online through your OPUS Student Center at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 29. Please note, notifications will not be sent via postal mail or email and cannot be released over the phone. The decision letters are only viewable online through OPUS.

    To check your Scholars notification online, login to your OPUS account after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29. Locate the Communications section on the right-side menu of your Student Center. When your notification is available you will find a red link for Unread Communications. Notification letters for the Emory University Scholars Program will be posted there.0110803-12BM-F082

    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. You can set up your OPUS account here: https://secure.web.emory.edu/it/acm/getpassword.cfm. If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at OPUSHELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu for information on how to proceed.

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