Emory University By the Numbers
Emory is ranked 21st in the most recent US News and World Report’s list of National Universities. Founded in 1939 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church and hosts about 8,000 undergraduate students on its 630-acre campus in Atlanta, Georgia. In the last admissions cycle, Emory accepted just 15 percent of their 17,500 applicants.
Students can choose to apply to the Oxford or Emory campus for the first two years of their undergraduate education. Students who begin at the Oxford campus are guaranteed enrollment at Emory for their junior and senior year, so long as they’ve completed the requirements for Oxford’s AA degree, which includes specific courses, writing seminars, general education courses, and physical education courses. The Oxford campus, located 45 minutes east of Atlanta, offers an intimate environment for freshman and sophomores pursuing an AA degree, as there are no upperclassmen on this campus. Underclassmen at the Emory campus, on the other hand, co-exist with upperclassmen and graduate students. Regardless of the underclassman’s campus, all first and second-year students enjoy a liberal arts education before selecting to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Varsity athletes at Emory participate in one of 18 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III supported by their unofficial mascot, a lab skeleton name Dooley, and their official mascot, Swoop the Eagle. Students also have the opportunity to join one of Emory’s 500 student organizations that includes 118 special interest organizations and 88 academic interest organizations. Clubs are open to anyone among the student body, of which minority students comprise 32 percent and women 58 percent. Students also take advantage of Wonderful Wednesdays and celebrate Emory’s lost tradition of no Wednesday classes by participating in fun events on a weekly basis.
Across all degree programs, students at Emory have access to over 80 majors, 60 minors, 13 pre-professional programs, and 13 joint majors (like Religion and Anthropology or Economics and Mathematics). Emory also offers two dual degrees: a BSE in Engineering with Georgia Tech, and a BSN in Nursing. Applicants can also apply for the Emory University Scholar Program, which offers additional programs and opportunities to first-year students. Whether part of a scholarship program or not, all students at Emory enjoy an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 25 students.
Applying to Emory University
Emory offers students an Early Decision round, an Early Decision II round, and a Regular Decision round. While the Early Decision deadline is November 1st, both the Early Decision II and the Regular Decision round deadlines are January 1st. Students can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application to the Emory campus, the Oxford campus, or both. Students can even decide to apply to one of the campuses in an Early round, while applying to the other campus in Regular. If a student applies to one of Emory’s campuses in the Early Decision II round, they must be prepared to withdraw their Regular applications to other colleges should they be admitted in mid-February. Similarly, students who apply Early Decision I to Emory must withdraw any Early Action applications made to other schools if they are accepted to Emory. Students applying to Emory should be aware that the Admissions Office super-scores SAT tests, but not ACT tests. As such, the median SAT score of accepted Class of 2023 students was a 1500 composite. Most applicants to Emory will not be interviewed, but a small number of applicants will be invited to an alumni interview. Admissions Officers never conduct interviews for Emory University.
Emory University overall received 9 percent more applications last year for a total of 30,017 applications. In the Early Decision round, Emory University received 1,910 applications. Of these, Emory admitted 559 students, and Oxford admitted 256. Over all the admissions rounds, Emory College admitted 4,512 students (a 15 percent admissions rate) and Oxford College admitted 3,432 students (a 19 percent admissions rate).