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Emory University -- #21 National University (US News & World Report)

Emory University, a top-ranked private institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta, Georgia’s historic Druid Hills neighborhood. Whatever your interest in Emory, we would welcome your visit to campus.


Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: Its scholars and experts generate $734 million in research funding annually while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. The University is enriched by collaboration among its schools, centers, and partners as well as by the legacy and energy of Atlanta.

In the classroom, in the lab, at a patient’s bedside, or helping a remote community half a world away, Emory is about impact. Emory offers two undergraduate liberal arts options. You can choose to apply to Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the four-year undergraduate division on the university’s Atlanta campus, or to Oxford College, where freshmen and sophomores study at Emory’s original campus 38 miles east of Atlanta.

Admissions Requirements for Emory College (as of 2019)

Common App or Coalition App
Can choose to apply to Emory College, Oxford College, or both.

Application Fee

Standardized Tests

SAT Subject Tests
Homeschooled applicants are required to submit scores of 3 SAT Subject exams.

AP and IB exams
You may self-report

Supplement Questions/Essays
(found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)
Answer 2 essay prompts of 150 words each.

Two teacher letters of recommendation from core-area academic teachers.

From Your High School
School Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report.


International Students

Early Decision Plans

Submission by ​November 1.
Decisions by December 15.

Emory University Scholar Programs:
Submission by ​November 15.
Decisions by March 1.

Submission by January 1. Decisions by February 15.

Regular Decision
Submission by January 1. Decisions by April 1.

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

SAT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)
Composite Score: 1350-1520
Math: 690-790
ERW: 660-730

ACT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)
Composite Score: 31-34

84% of Students in Top 10% of their class

GPA Range (unweighted)
64% of Students of GPA of 3.75 and higher

IvyBound Consulting featured Emory University on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from July 22 - July 26, 2019

Day 1 • Emory University

According to US News & World Report, Emory University is ranked #21in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Emory University:
Private, total undergraduate enrollment of 6,937, and the campus size is 1,265 acres 

Founded in 1836


Tuition & Fees:
$51,306 (2018-19)

All first-year students are required to live in on-campus University housing which creates communities in our residence halls. Each of Emory’s residence halls offers a different flavor of college life, one that develops according to the needs and personalities of the residents.
Because all first-year students are required to live in the residence halls during their first year at Emory, the University guarantees housing for first-year students. Exceptions may be made if you live in Atlanta with your immediate family.

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive.

Emory has a percentage of 52% males and 48% females. The undergraduate student body comprises of 10% Hispanic/Latino students, 8% African American students, 39% White students, 21% Asian students, 7 Native American students, 3 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students, and 4% Multi-Racial students.

Religious Affiliation:
United Methodist Church.

Other Awards by US News:
#21 in National Universities, #11 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #22 in Best Value Schools.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

Swoop the Eagle, the official mascot from Emory. He has been representing Emory both on and off the court/field. Swoop is also active in the Atlanta community, helping charities raise money for a plethora of good causes.⁠

Blue and White.

In fall 2019, Emory will have 19 varsity sports with the addition of women’s golf. Men’s varsity sports include: Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women’s varsity sports include: Basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

Emory University is known for demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate education in the arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research. We have a diverse student body from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 100 countries/ territories.

Academic Calendar:
Semester system.

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Finance, General; Accounting; Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Emory’s graduate and professional programs include the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School in addition to a well-regarded School of Architecture, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Student Life:
You will learn shared responsibility, conflict resolution, compromise, flexibility, and be exposed to other students from diverse backgrounds. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live in an academic environment and take advantage of all the opportunities on-campus living provides. 

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson 71L is recipient of Emory Law’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, in recognition of the remarkable career he established since he graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1971 as a Lamar Law Scholar.Lori G. Cohen is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Litigation Practice, where she leads a group of more than 600 attorneys who are nationally and internationally focused on complex litigation of all types including product liability and pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation.

Day 5 • Applying to Emory University? Be Collegebound with IvyBound.

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: 

Admission Rate:
18.5% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
28%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Option: 
Early Decision 1 deadline is Nov 1, Early Decision 2 deadline is Jan 1

Regular Deadline:
January 1

Admission Requirements:
See table above

Admission into this prestigious Emory University is highly competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Emory is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare when applying to Emory University. 

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #24 Nationally Ranked University, Georgetown University. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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