As we near the end of November, many of us will pause this week to give thanks and enjoy a few days off with family and friends. In fact, I am writing this blog from Florida, enjoying some much-needed time with family. It is actually half-time in my Lego building contest with my nephew, so I thought it best to catch up on a little work.
Depending on where you are in the application cycle – submitted and waiting versus in progress and contemplating – hopefully the information in this post will answer your pressing questions. If not, always know you can post a comment, and we will respond quickly.
Early Decision Update
A record number of applicants applied Early Decision 1 to Emory College and Oxford College this year. [See this recent Emory Report story: Early Decision Applications Increase for Class of 2019] For the last couple of weeks the admission staff has been busy evaluating these ED1 applications. The reading and assessing will continue through Thanksgiving week and into early December. The second week of December will include a series of admission committee discussions all leading to decisions being finalized by December 15. Notification day for ED1 will be December 15. ED1 applicants can anticipate receiving an email prior to the 15th with full details about how notifications will be released. Until then, we encourage ED1 applicants to sit tight, and enjoy the holidays!
Emory University Scholars Program Update
Another interested audience that can sit tight and enjoy the holidays are those who submitted their applications by the Emory University Scholars Program deadline of November 15th. We are currently downloading and processing all of your application materials, transcripts, test scores, etc. As you check your OPUS accounts, please be aware that it can take up to three weeks for materials to be processed and removed from your OPUS to do list. Be confident that we are processing everything as quickly as we can, and we will be in contact if any information is missing.
Are you unsure if your application is under review for the Scholars program? You are a Scholars program applicant if
- You submitted your application by the November 15 deadline.
- You checked “Yes” to the Emory University Scholars Program question under the General section of the Emory University Member page on your Common Application.
Your application status is always based on the date of application submission, not on the date we processed your materials.
What’s next for Scholars applicants? You will learn whether you are selected as a finalist by January 31. Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision applicants selected as finalists will also learn or their admission decision at this time. (Early Decision 1 applicants learn of their admission decision on December 15. ED2 and RD Applicants not selected as finalists will learn of their admission decision on the notification date for the admission plan they chose. We will post further updates about this in January.
In Progress Applicants
Finally, a large group of you have yet to click submit on your application. That’s OK. But don’t procrastinate too much as you have a month left until our January 1st deadline for Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision. As you work on your application, there a lot of resources that can assist, including:
- Steps for completing the Common Application for Emory University
- Application requirements and reminders
- Policies regarding standardized exams
- Frequently asked questions
- Application essays advice
Thanksgiving break is a great time to finish up your applications and make those last tweaks.
No matter where you are in the process, I always encourage learning more about Emory University. If you haven’t yet checked out our #iamemory blog – http://iamemory.blog.emoryadmission.com/ – I encourage you to do so. It’s a great look into the lives and experiences of current Emory and Oxford students. If the admission selection process is all you can think of right now, then I suggest reading my colleague Lisa’s recent blog entry on how we evaluate applications.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Daniel G. Creasy
Director of Communications
Office of Undergraduate Admission