7:45 a.m. Good morning! It is an exciting day for the Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission as we will release decision notifications for our Early Decision I applicants later this evening. This is a milestone day as we invite our first group of students to join the Emory College and Oxford College Classes of 2019. Decision notifications days are not only important to the applicants, but to our Admission staff as well. This is a day for all of us to reflect on our hard work the past few months as we shape the future of Emory University.
These days are full of anticipation, frenetic energy, and meticulous work. We want to share that with y’all through this “live blogging” and provide a peek inside the process and our offices. The purpose is not to hype the day but rather to provide access, advice, and reflection.
Check back throughout the day for updates, pictures, and more. New updates will appear at the bottom of the feed with a time stamp. Best wishes.
8:30 a.m. On a decision release days we tend to get a lot of phone calls and emails about how the process works. As we posted last week, Early Decision I notifications will be posted online at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight (Monday, December 15) through an applicant’s OPUS account. For all the details and answers to frequently asked questions, go back and read the Early Decision I Notifications Update blog post. Our staff is beginning to arrive in the office for the day, and we will be huddling in about an hour to go over the plan.
9:10 a.m. Update by Direction of Communications, Daniel Creasy
For the 15th consecutive year I am immersed in the release of Early Decision admission notifications. A lot has changed over the years related to the process, but the emotions and energy of the day are the same every year. One of the areas our applicants always find interesting is how we got to this day. So here is a bit of a timeline of the work of the Admission team over the last month and a half.
- November 1: Early Decision deadline day. Processing of application materials in full effect.
- November 5-6: Admission Staff Reading Retreat Days. In-depth discussions about how to tackle the evaluation process.
- November 10: First reads on Early Decision applications begin. Will continue in earnest over the next three weeks.
- Week of December 1: First reads are completed, and the review of data begins in advance of committee work.
- December 5: Committee reviews begin.
- Week of December 8: Committee week. Admission staffs meet in small committees to conduct second and third evaluations on applications.
- December 10: COW – Committee of the Whole. A day when all staff review unique cases to determine final decisions.
- December 12: Final tweaks by the dean and senior leadership
- Morning of December 15: One last review of the overall classes. Then we wait for John Latting, Dean of Admission for Emory College, and Kelley Lips, Dean of Admission for Oxford College to seal the class and announce that we are done!
That is where we are right now. Once we get the final go-ahead, the staff will kick into gear with a coordinated effort to confirm decisions, produce letters, and stuff the admit packets. While you wait for the next update, if you have not yet done so, I encourage you to read my colleague Lisa’s Inside Application Evaluations blog post.
10:40 a.m. Just a mid-morning update! The energy is high, and our whole team is working together to make sure that everything runs smoothly!
That is all we have for the mid-morning update! Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for more updates the rest of the day!
12:21 p.m. Just a quick lunch-time update! We have finished the first step of stuffing admit packets, and we are waiting for the go-ahead for the second step! We are taking a quick break to eat some sandwiches and watch some funny viral videos.
We will be back in a bit with some more updates!
1:15 p.m. Update by Manager of Communications, Lisa Coetzee
As we prepare to release decisions in a few short hours, it’s important to take time to reflect on the numerous applications read over the last few weeks. Every year we see amazing applications from outstanding, high-achieving students looking for a rigorous higher ed experience, and this year was no exception.
Emily Simmons, Associate Dean of Admission, had this to share about our EDI applicants:
I’m amazed at the strength of some of our ED1 applicants. Many have been through difficult personal circumstances but have persevered in amazing ways, despite all odds. They’ll bring their strength, dedication, and perspective to Emory. We’re lucky to have each and every member of the Class of 2019!
We wanted to take a moment to thank 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!
3:25 p.m. We are all done. All three rounds of checks complete and our admit packets now wait to be picked up by the post office. Time for some of the staff to head home early and getting back to reading applications, while the rest of the staff makes sure everything is set-up for the online decision release. We will be back in a couple of hours with some final advice.
5:15 p.m. Update by Direction of Communications, Daniel Creasy
The whirlwind of activity throughout the office has quieted down, and now our Operations and IT team make sure everything is set for the OPUS decision release at 6:00 p.m. As I mentioned previously, I have been involved in many admission decision release days over the year. Just before decisions are released I always share some advice that I hope you all heed.
After you receive your admission decision, my 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, and you should share your initial reactions and emotions with your family and those closest to you. These people have been there since the earliest moments of your life, and they will be there forever. Your family is not some online community. Your family is not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Your family is not some anonymous screen name. 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.
Best wishes to all of our applicants. We will have one last post later this evening.
7:07 p.m. Update by Direction of Communications, Daniel Creasy
Decisions have been live for about an hour now. As the news settles in I’d like to share some remarks in this final update to each of the groups of ED1 applicants.
First, to those of you admitted, sincere congratulations from all of us at Emory and Oxford! This was a record ED 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 nine months away, but it will be here sooner than you can image. It’s time to put the Emory or Oxford bumper stick on your car, and cherish your achievements. We look forward to connecting with you through the Class of 2019 Facebook group.
To those of you who received a defer decision; the main takeaway is that this decision was not a “no.” Instead, it is a delay of your decision until the end of March. Since you probably have a lot of questions at this moment, we encourage you to check the Early Decision Deferred Student Information.
Finally, 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 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 and your ability, 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.
Thank you all for taking this journey with us. We wish you all the best. Happy Holidays!