Emory’s Short Answer Application Questions, 2020-21

We are pleased to announce Emory University’s short answer questions for the coming application cycle.

In addition to your Personal Statement, please answer two (2) of the prompts below. Choose one prompt from the “Reflections” category and one prompt from the “Tell us about you” category.

We encourage you to be thoughtful and not stress about what the right answer might be. We simply want to get to know you better. Each response should be no more than 150 words.

“Reflections” Category

Respond to one of the following.

  1. Share about a time when you questioned something that you believed to be true.
  2. If you could go back in time, what advice would you offer yourself at the beginning of secondary/high school?
  3. Reflect on a personal experience where you intentionally expanded your cultural awareness.

“Tell us about you” Category

Respond to one of the following.

  1. Which book, character, song, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) represents you, and why?
  2. If you could witness any event (past, present, or future) first-hand, what would it be, and why?
  3. Introduce yourself to your first-year Emory University roommate.

For advice on answering both the short answer prompts as well as writing your personal statement, read our Strong Personal Statements writing advice blog series. You will find examples of standout personal statements from students who enrolled at Emory University. Accompanying the essays is writing advice from the counseling team that read the application. We hope you find it helpful!

We look forward to getting to know you better through your application writing. Enjoy the process!


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



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    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Mulhat, we choose Short Answer Application Questions every year to be included in the application for Emory University. Each student who applies must provide answers to two of the prompts (one from each category) in their application materials. I hope this answers your question. If you need more detailed information, please contact our office.

  1. Malcolm Davison

    In addition to the Personal Statement, I have to respond to 2 short questions. Within the Common App I see the 2 Short Answer Questions: the Reflection and Tell us about you sections, but I do not see where I write a Personal Statement. Can you please assist. Thank you.

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Malcom,

      In the “writing” section of the common app, there’s a section for the personal essay. Once you find that section, you can copy and paste or upload your Personal Statement there. If you have any questions about a program, please email admission@emory.edu.

  2. Hana a gena

    IF i go back in time, what advice would you offer yourself at the beginning of secondary/high school. i will tell my self to consecrate in my educational achievement

  3. Becky

    Hi, will you accept any supplementary application materials like the recording of songs? If yes, could you please let me know the specific requiremnts, like the number of songs, the style of songs and in what form the recording of the songs should be submitted, where i should submit (have you got something like a link)?
    Thank you.

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Becky,

      Visit our FAQ page about the Application Process here. I’ll post some info that I think will help you:

      “Yes, although this is not necessary or required by our office. You may upload materials through your applicant portal, selecting whatever category is most appropriate. These materials could include a resume, digital portfolio, or link to a YouTube page. Any document that can be saved as a PDF can be uploaded through the applicant portal. All materials uploaded in the applicant portal are added to your application for review by the Admission Committee.”

      “Our office is unable to process certain mailed materials that are large, laminated, or unable to be scanned. These include printed books, booklets, laminated papers, spiral-bound publications, CDs, and USB drives. We encourage applicants to upload additional materials digitally, via the applicant portal, whenever possible.”

      I hope those resources help. Please let me know if you don’t find the info you are looking for.

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