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. Omar Rubiano Mojica

    Hello, thanks first for this blog series for students like us who have dreamed to be part of the Emory community. I’m going to apply as a transfer student for this fall. It means a lot me that this is one of the few universities that genuinely cares about other people that they give real essay examples to help us visualize better our ideas. Thanks again!

  2. Vanessa Vonleh

    I am currently out of high school. Emory is my dream school and I will like to further my studies there. I have invested in the requirements to get into emory and will be honor to be accepted.

    1. Steven Anderson

      Hi, Vanessa- our applications for the Class of 2027 open in August 2022–please apply!

  3. Adrianna Elmore

    I am currently a sophomore in high school and I am already partaking my interest in Emory. Emory is my dream school and I hope to major in neonatal care in the future. I’ve invested in the campus life at emory, the school as a whole, as well as requirements to get into emory.

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