Emory University is a unique educational offering: the Methodist school, founded in 1836, gives students the option of attending its original, 19th century rural campus, known as “Oxford College,” or its new, urban campus in nearby Atlanta for the freshman and sophomore years. Business administration and management is the most popular major followed by biology, nursing, economics and psychology. With under 8,000 students and a ranking in the top 20 for national universities from “U.S. News & World Report,” Emory isn’t exactly easy to get into. Students who want to attend should plan early and keep several requirements in mind. Emory's high tuition is offset by generous financial aid packages to eligible students. In 2018-2019, the average financial aid award was $44,168 at Emory College and $36,074 at Oxford College.

Understand Emory University Requirements

Emory requires high school students seeking admission to submit two letters of evaluation from two different high school teachers who know them well. Students should do this late in their junior year in order to give overwhelmed instructors time before the November 1st Early Decision and Scholar deadline. Teacher evaluations offer insight into the applicant's scholastic aptitude and fit with the service minded Emory student body. For instance, approximately 80 percent of Emory students hold campus leadership roles and volunteer in the community.

College Facts and Stats about Emory University

Emory applicants are also required to submit SAT or ACT scores with their applications. To have their scores ready by the application deadline, students will want to take the SAT or ACT no later than the summer before their junior year. The average combined SAT score at Emory is 2,097, while the average ACT score is 31.

Submit Academic Transcripts

Students must submit a transcript of their school records thus far with their Emory application. In the senior year, a mid-year transcript and a final transcript is sent to Emory after the application process is complete. To be competitive, Emory applicants must have completed four years of high school English, two years of high school history, two years of high school social studies, and two years of high school science lab. Emory only requires three years of math and two years of science and foreign language, but it prefers to admit students who have studied each of those subjects for four years. It also prefers students to have taken at least one fine art course. The average high school GPA of an Emory student is 3.84.

Finish Common Application and Supplement

As soon as a student decides to apply to Emory, they should retrieve Emory’s Common Application Supplement from the university’s web site and submit the completed form to the Emory admission office. This process allows the school to send you information targeted to your particular interests and career path. Emory only accepts the Common Application, which serves many colleges and universities across the United States and is found online. Students can apply to Emory and Oxford College simultaneously through the same application. The application fee is $75.

Meet Emory University Admissions Deadlines

Any student who want to be considered for Emory’s Scholars Program, an honors program that provides merit-based scholarships, should apply by November 1st regardless of whether or not they actually intend to matriculate at Emory. Students who would like to apply as Early Decision candidates (meaning they agree to attend Emory if accepted) must also apply by November 1st. Early Decision candidates receive their notifications by December 15. An Early Decision II deadline falls on January 1st for students who missed the first deadline but are still willing to commit to Emory if accepted. Regular candidates should submit their materials by January 15th.

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Laura Holland Fletcher has graduate level training in ESL, linguistics and the teaching of writing. She taught ESL and college writing for more than 10 years in both the US and Asia. She also writes for local and national magazines that cover legal, educational and social justice issues.