• 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. Next week we will post a blog entry with some further information for wait-listed students.


    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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  • Now What?

    Now that your application has been submitted, the waiting begins. We understand your eagerness to learn of your admission decision, and the Admission Committees at Emory College and Oxford College are working hard to thoroughly and holistically review all applications submitted. Decision notifications will be released for the Emory University Scholars Program by January 31, for Early Decision II by February 15, and for Regular Decision by April 1. Applicants will receive an email approximately a week before the decision release notification day with details on when exactly decisions will be released and how to access their admission decision via OPUS. We will also post that information to the Inside Emory Admission blog.still-waiting-for-admissions-decisions-thumb

    Speaking of your OPUS account, this is an extremely helpful tool for applicants to track the status of their required application materials and ultimately through this online system you will receive their admission decision. All applicants need to set-up their OPUS account after their application is processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We encourage you to review this OPUS Explained blog post for full details and answers to frequently asked questions about one’s OPUS account.

    We know during the period between submitting your application and waiting for your admission decision you may have questions. Our first blog post of the New Year answers many of the most frequently asked questions. As well, we recommend reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. If you are still seeking answers, then feel free to post a comment to this blog. Or email us at admission@emory.edu. Call us at 404-727-6036. And you can even Tweet us.

    Finally, stay tuned to this blog with further updates on the decision notification release process for the Emory University Scholars Program, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision. In the meantime, get to know more about Emory and Oxford students through our #IAMEMORY blog.


  • Deadline Day: Common Application Submission Issues

    12:30 p.m. ET – January 15, 2014

    Today is January 15, also known as Regular Decision application deadline day for Emory College and Oxford College. Unfortunately, it appears some of you are experiencing technical difficulties with the Common Application as you attempt to submit your application, Emory Writing Supplement, and/or application fee payment. We want to assure you we are monitoring the situation carefully. Based on the most recent information that the Common Application has posted on their social media platforms, the main problem appears to be a disruption in the credit card payment system through the third-party vendor the Common Application uses for processing application fees.

    We strongly urge any students experiencing technical issues to contact the Common Application Technical Support Team to determine a solution: https://appsupport.commonapp.org/. Please note the Emory University Office of Admission does not administer the Common Application and therefore we are unable to assist directly with any submission or payment issues. If you have contacted Common Application Technical Support, please be patient and allow time for a response from that team.

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  • Due Tomorrow; Do Today

    Tomorrow, January 15, is the Regular Decision application deadline for first-year freshman applicants to Emory College and Oxford College. For those of you who have yet to submitted your application online through the Common Application, you have less than 48 hours now to get your materials in to be considered by the Admission Committee. As long as your Common Application and Emory Writing Supplement are submitted on January 15 by 11:59 p.m. ET, your application will be considered. Supporting school documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendations, will be accepted up to a week after the deadline.

    Procrastination is the easy route, but we encourage you not to follow this panda’s advice:

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    Instead the advice you should listen to is that of the members of the Emory College and Oxford College Admission Committees. We asked the counselors and advisors what they would say to a potential applicant who had not yet submitted their application and may be debating whether to apply. Here are their words of wisdom.

    Atlanta and Emory are optimistic places, incubators of new, creative thinking—ideas which will propel our  global perspectives. The city and campuses are exciting places for young people,  places where those with abundant energy and forward thinking thrive. Rising from the devastation of war to the cradle of the civil rights movement to its birth as an Olympic city,  people have always gathered here in Atlanta to be part of a brighter future, gathered here at Emory to learn and contribute intellectually to society’s fullest potential.   Vibrant, on-the-go energy, deep and expansive resources, engaged communities, and upbeat as a summer day…why not check it out?!

    Scott Allen
    Senior Associate Dean of Admission & Director of International Recruitment

    Soar higher than you ever thought possible and apply to be an Emory Eagle!

    Kelley Lips
    Associate Dean of Recruitment and Enrollment

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  • New Year, Lots of Questions

    Happy New Year Inside Emory Admission blog followers. 1,482. What do you think that number represents? If you guessed the number of emails to admission@emory.edu we responded to since our office closed for the holidays on December 20, you would be correct. Even though our office doors were closed, and the staff was enjoying time with their families, we still continued to answer your questions in droves. No holiday rest for our email accounts, especially with the release of Early Decision I notifications on December 13, our Early Decision II deadline on January 1, and our impending Regular Decision deadline on January 15. By the way, have you submitted your application yet? If not, get to it. You only have 11 eleven days left. Helpful application information found here.isolated faq button

    As we responded to close to 1500 emails, it was clear that some topics were being asked more frequently than others. So for our first blog post of 2014, we thought it best to tackle answers to these most frequently asked questions. Despite the excellent OPUS explained blog entry written by Dree, it seems that there still tends to be a lot of questions surrounding OPUS. So we’ll tackle those FAQs first and then end with some other general questions.

    I submitted my application, but didn’t receive a confirmation that the Office of Admission received my application. I also have received no information about setting up an OPUS account. What do I do?

    Application received emails with instructions on setting up an OPUS account are sent a few days after the submission of your application. The emails go to the email address you entered on your Common Application. You should check your SPAM folder because sometimes our messages get sent to SPAM; if that’s the case be sure to mark admission@emory.edu as an email address you can receive communications from. Do note, the Office of Admission does not automatically download your application from the Common Application site once you click submit. As well, we do not download your application until you have submitted both your Common Application and the Emory Writing Supplement.

    If it has been more than a week since submitting both your application and writing supplement, then send an email to admission@emory.edu to inquire about the receipt of your application, Make sure to include your full name as it appears on your application, date of birth, and Common Application ID#.

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