Emory’s Short Answer Questions 2021-22

We are pleased to announce Emory University’s short answer questions for the 2021-2022 first-year application.

In addition to your Personal Statement, please answer two additional short answer questions, one about your academic interests and one to help us get to know you better. We encourage you to be thoughtful in your responses and not stress about what the “right answer” might be, as there really isn’t one.

Academic Interests

This question is required. Your response should be no more than 200 words.

  • What academic areas are you interested in exploring in college?

Getting to Know You

In addition, answer one of the following questions.  Your response should be no more than 150 words.

  • Reflect on a personal experience where you intentionally expanded your cultural awareness.
  • When was the last time you questioned something you had thought to be true?
  • If you could witness a historic event (past, present or future) first-hand, what would it be, and why?
  • Share about a time when you were awestruck.
  • Which book, character, song, monologue, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) seems made for you? Why?

Want advice and examples of other great Emory University application essays and Personal Statements? We’ve got you covered! Each year we run a Strong Personal Statements blog series. We share real essays from the previous years’ applicants who were admitted and enrolled at Emory University. Each personal statement includes thoughts from the staff who reviewed these applicants’ essay, too, and why they felt it was a strong example for you.

We look forward to getting to know you better through your application writing.


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. Yicheng Li

    My favorite academic area I want to explore more at Emory University is the neuropsychology and psychological brain. I am so passionate about learning the human brain, and how all these connections inside the brain can possibly change the way we think and behave. And what are problems in the field of the human brain we are encounter? I want to contribute to the field with my passions and contribute to the field.

    1. Jessica Miller

      Hi Yicheng! It sounds like you have the kind of passion that could inspire you to pursue great things in the fields of neuropsychology and psychology. Our advice? Find the place where you fit best. This place could be Emory or it could be somewhere else, but we encourage you to follow where your curiosity leads you. Best of luck!

  2. Hannah Yun

    One academic area I’m interested in at Emory University is the psychology classes. I would love to learn more about the behaviors of the human brain, and the way people comprehend different scenarios. I would explore the 90s. That period of time seems very quirky and fun to be at, and I would love to experience the different diners that use to have as well.

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