Bold Pursuits

At Emory University, students pursue their interest with a boldness that shows they’re not just learning for today. They thrive in the vibrant community, collaborate with innovative teachers, and flourish in the myriad of out-of-class experiences. Learning at Emory not only challenges, it also inspires. We think of it as learning with purpose.

Emory is best known as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community whose students and faculty work collaboratively for positive change throughout the world. The university is internationally recognized for its outstanding liberal arts program, extensive research scholarship, and a commitment to courageous leadership and social action.

A path of discovery that’s all yours. Emory offers a distinctive undergraduate experience with programs in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, business, and nursing, encouraging students to explore multiple interests and interdisciplinary opportunities. Students can truly customize their study at Emory, through the choice of two colleges to begin their undergraduate experience. Entering freshmen may apply to Emory College, located in the heart of Atlanta, offering a four-year liberal arts and research education. Students may also consider Oxford College, Emory’s original campus located in the serene town of Oxford, Georgia, 38 miles east of Atlanta. Comprised of only freshmen and sophomores, at Oxford one can enjoy small classes and early leadership opportunities, before continuing to the Atlanta campus for their final two years. After the first two years, Emory and Oxford undergraduates may enroll at the Woodruff School of Nursing to earn a BSN or apply to the Goizueta Business School to earn a BBA. Emory is truly more than your typical liberal arts institution offering two academically equal yet environmentally distinctive collegiate starting points, and multiple graduation options.

Explore what inspires you. Make your impact. Emory undergraduates can choose from 70+ majors, 50+ minors, and a variety of preprofessional opportunities, ranging from well-defined fields such as history and economics, artistic endeavors like creative writing or dance, to pioneering programs like predictive health and quantitative sciences. The customization of the undergraduate experience goes beyond the classroom with opportunities for cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art labs, hands-on internships, and over 100 study abroad options. A world-renowned faculty not only challenges students to be creative thinks, problem solvers, and leaders, but they also act as advisors from the freshman year on.

A community that inspires and challenges you. Emory students are from all 50 states, 100+ nations, from 100s of backgrounds, sharing thousands of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, political, academic, and geographic points of views. With 400+ campus organizations and teams, Emory is the place for those who want to organize, lead, and get involved. Numerous service experiences allow students to give back and engage for change both throughout the greater-Atlanta community and abroad. Spirit at Emory is defined through a range of weird and wonderful traditions including Dooley, Songfest, Oxford Olympics, Wonderful Wednesday, and the Candlelight Crossover. Emory students engage in both a challenging academic environment as well as with a vibrant, caring student body on a beautiful tree-lined campus.

Atlanta: a progressive, global city. There is more to Atlanta than nice weather, beautiful neighborhoods, and people with manners. Emory’s hometown is the cultural, business, entertainment, and healthcare center of the South. With over 1,200 internships in the city (at places like the CDC, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Home Depot, and the Coca-Cola Company), Emory undergraduates will be well-connected and ready to launch their career upon graduation.

Learn more now. Visit the Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission website at to learn more. The website provides the opportunity to discover more about academics and social life, plan a visit, and explore all the details about how to apply. Make sure to check out the Inside Emory Admission blog for a wide range of student stories and details about the admission selection process.

Our Holistic Review Process

Emory seeks outstanding students in much the same way as other highly selective colleges and universities do. Things such as curriculum, grades, and test scores are important. But so too are the personal attributes of the students we select. We are looking for students who are engaged in their communities but curious about what lies beyond their hometown. We want students who aspire to be lifelong learners, with an Emory education only being the first step. Visit to learn more about the important aspects of our holistic application review process.

Admission Plans and Deadlines

By offering different admission plans and deadlines, Emory accommodates students who want to make definitive college decisions early as well as students who wish to build some flexibility into their plans. You can apply to Emory College, Oxford College, or both through the Coalition Application.

  • Early Decision I
    • Application Deadline: November 1
    • Decision Notification: by December 15
    • Enrollment Reply Date: January 15
  • Emory University Scholars Program
    • Application Deadline: November 15
    • Decision Notification: early February
    • Enrollment Reply Date: based on decision plan selection
  • Early Decision II
    • Application Deadline: January 1
    • Decision Notification: by February 15
    • Enrollment Reply Date: March 1
  • Regular Decision
    • Application Deadline: January 1
    • Decision Notification: by April 1
    • Enrollment Reply Date: May 1

First-Year Application Requirements

  • Coalition Application
  • A $75 application fee or application fee waiver
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Secondary school report/counselor’s recommendation
  • Two teacher letters of recommendation
  • Mid-year report

Note: Emory University is test optional for the 2020-2021 application (first-year students who would start in Fall 2021). SAT/ACT scores are not required, but if they are submitted, they will be reviewed as a demonstration of the applicant’s academic preparation.

Further details about application requirements are posted here:


At Emory University, we think choosing a college should be based on fit, not finances. That’s why we are committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted domestic students. In fact, 56 percent of our undergraduates receive financial aid, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to making an Emory education affordable. The following links will provide detailed information about the various forms of financial assistance available, as well as important deadlines.

Campus Visits

There's no better way to get a feel for whether or not a university is the right place for you than to experience it firsthand through a campus visit. Emory University is unique in that you'll find two different campuses to explore. During a visit to either Emory College or Oxford College you will be able to talk with current students, take a student-led campus tour, and attend an information session hosted by an admission representative. Depending on the time of year, you may also be able to attend a class and/or check out campus dining options. Students have the choice to plan a weekday tour and information session, or schedule permitting, attend a special visit event on either campus.

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