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.

CHECKING YOUR NOTIFICATION ONLINE
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.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCHOLARS NOTIFICATION
The notifications posted to your OPUS account will inform you whether you have been selected as a finalist for the Emory University Scholars Program. Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants selected as a Scholars finalist will also receive an early notification of acceptance. Those students not selected as a Scholars finalist will not receive an admission decision, but will rather receive their admission notification based on their admission plan — by February 15 for Early Decision II applicants and by April 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

For those applicants selected as a Scholars finalist who applied to both Emory College and Oxford College, the notification will inform you whether you have been selected to move forward as a Scholar finalist for Emory College or Oxford College. Finalists can only move forward in the Scholars program for either the Emory College or Oxford College campus. Therefore, applicants to both Emory and Oxford will only receive an early notification of admission for the college that selected them as a Scholars finalist. The admission decision for the other college will be released when admission decision notifications are released (by February 15 for Early Decision II and by April 1 for Regular Decision). Unfortunately we are unable to grant requests for early notifications of admission decisions from the college for which one was not selected as a Scholars finalist.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Once again, it is important to note that the notifications being released on Wednesday will inform those applicants who nominated themselves for the Emory University Scholars Program and met the November 15 deadline whether they have been selected as a finalist or are not moving forward in the Scholars selection process. Those students not moving forward will not receive an admission decision but will rather receive their decision when admission notifications are released for Early Decision II (by February 15) or Regular Decision (by April 1). For the applicants selected as finalists, notifications will include a notice of finalist status, an early admission notification, and whether they have been selected as a finalist for Emory College or Oxford College. Finally, finalists selected for the Emory College scholars program will receive a follow-up message two days later with further details about the Scholars weekend and whether they have been selected to be considered for an Emory College, Goizueta Business School, or Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship.

To be honest, this notification release is one of the more complicated ones to explain as you have decisions about the Scholars program, early admission decisions for finalists, three different admission plans (ED1, ED2, and RD) and two different colleges. Therefore we know some of you will have questions. Please feel free to post a comment to this blog and we will respond as best we can.

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  1. Megan /

    In the past Emory has selected semifinalists who might get partial scholarships. Is Emory only selecting finalists this year?

  2. Shelley /

    Should all applicants have received an e-mail with these same instructions? We did not receive such an e-mail, but application was sent in on time for RD and Emory Scholars.

  3. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Megan: Yes, the Emory University Scholars Program went through some major revisions this year. One of those changes is that only finalists are being selected and notified. There is no longer a semifinalist status.

    @Shelley: Yes, all Scholars applicants were emailed this morning with instructions about the notification release. The student should check their SPAM folder. The messages were sent to the email that the student posted on their application.

  4. Alicia /

    I received no email with this Scholars update even though I applied RD by the November 15th deadline and completed the additional Scholars writing supplement. I checked spam and waited for an entire day but it hasn’t come. In fact, I received no emails regarding the Scholars program whatsoever, just one confirming receipt of application and others about financial aid. I was concerned because my Naviance transcript section didn’t look right for Emory but when I asked my guidance counselor she said to disregard the message as it had been sent. I contacted the admissions department about this and received an automatic reply saying they could not help me and that I should just check the “to-do list” on OPUS which told me nothing was missing. So does the lack of an email mean my Scholars application didn’t go through…or is this just a foreshadowing of the bad decision I’m going to get tomorrow?

  5. Jessica /

    I met the November 15th Emory Scholars deadline and completed the additional Scholars essay, but I didn’t get an email (already checked my Spam folder!). Should I be concerned?

  6. Vinny /

    I applied as an Emory Scholars applicant by the deadline (November 15), but didn’t receive an email. I checked my spam folder (and every other folder), but don’t think I received it. Is this an indication that my application was not processed for Emory Scholars consideration?

    Thank you!

  7. Becky /

    If we did not receive such an email should we assume that our application was not considered for the University Scholars Program? Thank you!

  8. Joseph /

    Hello! I was chatting with a friend, and although we both applied before the deadline for the scholarship program, we both have not received an email. We’ve checked our spam, trash, and quarantine folders, but there is no email to be found. Is there any possible way there was a problem with the Common app and our application was not processed?

    Thank you.

  9. Loretta King /

    My daughter applied on November 15, but did not receive an acknowledgement of her application until November 21. Does this mean that her application acknowledgement date is the date on which Emory recorded receiving her application? In other words, would this have left her out of consideration for the scholars program? She did not receive an email this morning, so I am not sure whether she was just not selected or whether she was not considered.

  10. Ben /

    If you are selected as a finalist, do you receive some partial scholarship money or do only those who pass the interview stage get merit money? I was under the impression that students who are selected as finalists get some scholarship money and those who pass the interview stage receive full scholarships.

  11. Chuyue /

    I did apply as a scholar and has confirmed that with my admission officer. But I did not receive the email with the instructions. What should I do?

  12. Sherry /

    My son applied Emory University Scholars Program on time and he has not received any email today. You said all Scholars applicants were emailed. Does it mean my son’s application is not complete and he is not a Scholars applicant?

  13. Ryan /

    Hi. I applied and was accepted ED 1. I submitted my application for Emory Scholars with my ED application. I didn’t receive an email at all today. I checked under my SPAM folder, too. What should I do at this point?

  14. Bhavika Booragadda /

    Hello. I have applied for the Emory Scholar’s Program but I haven’t received any email from Emory asking me to check my OPUS Account at 6 PM E.T Jan 29 for an admission decision. I just wanted to know why I didn’t receive an email.

  15. Michael Fowler /

    I did not receive the email either. I am assuming there was a problem because it seems many applicants did not.

  16. AdmissionDaniel /

    To all posting that you did not receive the Scholars Notification email:

    Please make sure to check the email address you used on your application and check your SPAM folders. The email was sent to all 3200+ Scholars applicants and there was not a problem with our email system. If you believe you should have received the email and didn’t, you may email admission@emory.edu and we can look into the matter for you.

  17. Loretta /

    Whew! Check again everybody! Our email arrived this morning.

  18. Sherry /

    Arrived after mid-night.

  19. AdmissionDaniel /

    All: Quick update about the email notifications sent yesterday — it seems some of the major email clients such as @yahoo.com and @hotmail.com delayed delivery of the emails and possibly even blocked the sending of the messages. Again, if you did not receive the email about notifications, then send an email to admission@emory.edu and we will look into the matter and respond pretty quickly.

  20. Ben /

    Are you able to let us know how many people were selected as finalists and what the acceptance rate is?

  21. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Ben: Nope, sorry. That information is not shared before notifications have been released.

  22. Terri /

    Still not clear about the notification process. My daughter applied to both the Emory and Oxford Scholars. Is it possible to be selected for both (and then she would have to choose one) or is it only possible to receive a notification from one. My daughter and I are totally interpreting this differently. Thanks!

  23. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Terri: It is not possible to be selected to both Emory Scholars and Oxford Scholars. If a student has been selected as a finalist, it is only to one of the campuses.

  24. Ben /

    Sorry to ask again Daniel, but I am just wondering if you are selected as a finalist, do you get a partial scholarship? Or does that only apply to finalists who pass the interview stage?

  25. Terri /

    Thanks for your prompt reply, Daniel. Guess my daughter was right!

  26. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Ben: Decisions about scholarships offers are actually made by the Colleges and not be the Office of Admission so I can not share that information. Details about how the Scholars weekend and issuing of scholarships works, will be provided to Finalists.

  27. Lilet /

    Hi,

    Does an admission to Oxford and invite to Oxford Scholarship weekend negate any chances of getting into Emory at all? Emory is daughter’s top choice and sadly, merit scholarship is shot, but is Emory acceptance also shot because of Oxford acceptance? Please advise.

  28. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Lilet — Please refer to the following paragraph in the blog post above:

    “For those applicants selected as a Scholars finalist who applied to both Emory College and Oxford College, the notification will inform you whether you have been selected to move forward as a Scholar finalist for Emory College or Oxford College. Finalists can only move forward in the Scholars program for either the Emory College or Oxford College campus. Therefore, applicants to both Emory and Oxford will only receive an early notification of admission for the college that selected them as a Scholars finalist. The admission decision for the other college will be released when admission decision notifications are released (by February 15 for Early Decision II and by April 1 for Regular Decision). Unfortunately we are unable to grant requests for early notifications of admission decisions from the college for which one was not selected as a Scholars finalist.”

    This means your daughter will receive her Emory College admission decision when admission notifications are released for the decision plan she selected (by February 15 for ED2 or by April for Regular Decision). Her selection as an Oxford Scholar will have no impact on her review for admission to Emory College.

    Congratulations to your daughter on her acceptance to Oxford and selection as an Oxford College Scholar. That is quite an accomplishment.

  29. Marlene /

    Will there be any other merit-based scholarships available or is Emory Scholars the only opportunity?

  30. Maria /

    Hi Daniel,
    Just a few questions for future reference, since major revisions to your scholarship awards were made for this application year:
    1. are the Scholar finalists already guaranteed some form of financial scholarship — $10,000 to full ride — or will they still be vying for any financial merit at the Scholars Weekend? As in, is there still the possibility of not getting any merit aid even as a finalist?

    2. Your Common App Guideline strongly encourages students to apply to both Emory and Oxford College and assures that “students who apply to both Oxford College and Emory College will have their application reviewed independently …” Were the scholarship decisions for Emory and Oxford likewise reviewed independently of each other? — or was it one scholarship committee deciding who becomes a finalist to which college?

    Thank you.

  31. Jane /

    How many student have been selected as finalist? Thank you.

  32. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Marlene:
    Emory University offers merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year students through a variety of programs. The primary merit-based scholarship opportunity is through the highly selective Emory University Scholars Program. However, the University does offer a small number of additional merit and a wide range of need-based financial aid to admitted students. For more information please visit: http://apply.emory.edu/apply/meritbased.php as well as http://apply.emory.edu/apply/needbased.php .

  33. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Maria:
    1. As I previously responded on this comment thread, decisions about scholarships offers are actually made by the Colleges and not be the Office of Admission so I can not share that information. It is my assumption that all selected finalists will receive some form of scholarship, but I do not feel comfortable absolutely confirming that policy as it is not a decision finalized by the Office of Admission.

    2. Just like with admission decisions, Scholars decisions for Emory College and Oxford College are reviewed independently. Though the Admission readers evaluate for both Colleges, the Scholarship Selection Committees are different for Emory College and Oxford College.

  34. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Jane:
    Approximately 75 students were selected as a Scholars finalist for the Emory College campus (Emory Scholars, Goizueta Scholars, or MLK/Mays Scholars).

    Approximately 90 students were selected as an Oxford College Scholars finalist.

  35. Laura /

    Will the follow-up message about Scholars weekend for the Emory College scholarship be sent to email or posted on OPUS?

  36. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Laura:
    The follow-up communications to Scholar finalists are being sent out via email today.

  37. Sathvik /

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for answering our questions. Did Emory Scholars discontinue the Liberal Arts Scholarships (around $15K) and John Emory Scholarships (2/3 tuition)? In years past, it was my understanding that the 175 or so semifinalists who were not one of the 75 finalists received either of these scholarships. I know Emory Scholars no longer designates semifinalists, so does it mean that these scholarships no longer exist? Thank You!

  38. David /

    My son is a finalist for Goizueta Scholars. Does he have to be admitted into Business School? How many finalists will be awarded? As a finalist, what is his minimum awards? Thanks.

  39. Lynn /

    Dear Admission Office,

    I am an ED2 applicant and i have sent the mid-year grades but I don’t know how to check if Emory has received the docs. It is not on Hold’s.

  40. layla darian /

    So if the message on opus said I have not been selected as a finalist for the Emory scholars program, that means I have not been selected as a finalist for the oxford scholars either?

  41. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Sathvik:
    Many changes were made to the programs formerly known as the Emory Scholars, Goizueta Scholars, and Oxford Scholars programs. All three programs were merged into one program at the application stage – the Emory University Scholars Program – and students now were able to nominate themselves. The selection process by Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta School of Business also changed with the decision to only notify selected finalists invited to the Scholars weekends.

    As one of my previous comments stated, there are some additional merit scholarship awards that will be officially awarded to students when regular decision notifications are released at the end of March. Those decisions will be made by the Schools in conjunction with the Office of Admission. These scholarships will be similar to the Liberal Arts and John Emory scholarships in the past, and may even be named the same. There is no additional information students need to submit to be considered for these awards.

  42. AdmissionDaniel /

    @David:
    Your son should have received a follow-up email on Friday about his selection as a Goizueta Scholar. In that email was contact information for the program coordinator of that program. Please direct your questions to that person, as the Office of Admission does not operate the Goizueta Scholars program.

  43. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Lynn:
    Mid-year reports are not tracked through a student’s OPUS account. If a mid-year report is missing from a student’s application, the Office of Admission will contact the student’s guidance counselor directly to obtain the information.

  44. AdmissionDaniel /

    @layla:
    That is correct. If your Scholars notification states you have not been selected as a finalist that refers to all the Scholars program linked to the Emory University Scholars Program, including Oxford Scholars.

  45. Maria /

    Hi Daniel,
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to our questions. I understand that a student can only be a finalist for one of the Scholars Programs, but does a finalist status for one school affect the ability to receive one of the additional merit scholarships for the other school?
    Thank you

  46. AdmissionDaniel /

    @Maria:
    If a student is selected as a finalist for Emory College or Oxford College they can still be considered for additional need-based and the small amount of merit-based scholarships at the other college. However, one’s chances for receiving merit-based aid at the other college is slim.

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