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: If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at 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.

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