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Visiting Emory University: FAQs

As you consider visiting Emory University, we thought we’d tackle some of the FAQs we get as students are trying to figure out the logistics of planning their visit.

Whether you plan to visit Emory College (in Atlanta), visit Oxford College (in Covington) or both (read our tips on how to visit both campuses while you’re in town), we hope you enjoy your time here as you learn more about your college options.

When is the best time to visit Emory University?

Anytime! We offer campus visits year round. If you visit from the end of August through mid-December or late January to early May, classes are in full swing. Both Emory College and Oxford College campuses will be bustling with students.

If you visit from mid-May to mid-August or mid-December to mid-January, both campuses will be a little quieter. The majority of students either go home, have jobs or internships off campus, or are studying abroad during these breaks. But no worries—whenever you choose to visit, you will get a great campus tour from one of our amazing tour guides or staff. And you will have a great information session with an admission staff person as well!

What should I expect during a visit? (depending on the time of year when I come)

All of our visits on both campuses include an information session with an admission staff as well as a campus tour. During the information session, you will learn about Emory University history, what qualities distinguish our institution from others you may be considering, our academic offerings, as well as our admission requirements and process.

Campus tours are usually led by a current student, and this is our standard practice. However, during school breaks, your tour may be led by an admission staff. During your campus tour you’ll learn more about student life on campus, see a residence hall, the dining hall, and explore campus. Definitely be sure to wear comfortable shoes and come prepared. Tours occur as scheduled, rain or shine!

How can I make the most of my time on campus?

Regardless of which college you’re visiting, take the time to research academic programs and student organizations that interest to you. When you’re on campus, you’ll have time to ask questions of the admission staff as well as current students, including your tour guide. This is your chance to find out more about what the school has to offer, especially in the areas that interest you most!

You can also each lunch on campus, meandering through the campus libraries and/or museums, hang out on the quad, and talk to current students on your own. We encourage all of our visitors to explore “off the beaten” path and see how you feel about the campus environment.

Does visiting Emory University influence my admission decision?

Emory University does not track demonstrated interest. We understand that not all students and families are able to visit campus for a variety of reasons—busy schedules, distance from Atlanta, and more—and we cannot expect all applicants to schedule a visit. A student’s lack of a campus visit will not negatively impact their admission decision. (Read more about why we don’t track demonstrated interest.)

If you are not able to visit campus, you can always explore our virtual visit options, reach out to us via email, this blog, follow us @EmoryAdmission, or give us a call to learn more. We’d be happy to help you with any questions you have.

And if you are able to come to campus, we appreciate you taking the time! We are happy to host you and show you all of the great things Emory University has to offer!

ally_paauwe520-100x133Ally Paauwe
Admission Counselor




Don’t hesitate to connect with us by posting a comment to this blog, tweeting us @emoryadmission, or emailing us at We look forward to hearing from you!




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