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. 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.

Recommendations and Test Scores

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.

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.

Academic Records and Course Work

Students must submit a transcript of their school records thus far with their 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.

The 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.


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.