Emory University Essay Questions
Still have questions about the application process to Emory University? Below are some frequently asked questions. If your question isn't included, please contact us at email@example.com.
What are my chances of being admitted?
We are unable to comment on an individual student’s chances for admission to the university or provide specific advice on what it takes to be admitted. There are not required levels that applicants must obtain in terms of standardized tests scores or grade point average to be considered for admission. We encourage you to review our admission profile data for a sense of our competitiveness.
It is important to note the evaluation of applications by the Admission Committee is comprehensive and holistic. Although an outstanding academic record is important, we select students based on many attributes and are especially interested in those we believe will contribute to, as well as benefit from, our communities. Each application is reviewed individually, and the Admission Committee considers each applicant as an individual. To that end, students are selected on the basis of many attributes—academic record, extracurricular achievements, demonstrated leadership and community contribution, personal essays, and letters of recommendation. Admissions decisions are comprehensive and there is no magical formula for deciding the perfect Emory University student.
Is demonstrated interest a factor in the admission selection process? Is one's chances for admission increased if they visit campus?
Demonstrated interest is no longer a factor in the application review process, and a visit to campus will have no impact on the evaluation of a student's application. The evaluation of one's admissibility is based on the various components of a student's application for admission. Further information about our thoughts on demonstrated interest can be found in this Inside Emory Admission blog post.
How does legacy admission work?
We value the legacy connections of applicants and encourage students to detail their university ties accurately on their application. In the admission process, legacy status is for applicants whose immediate relatives have graduated or are currently enrolled in an academic division of Emory University. This includes grandparents, parents, and siblings. Additional family connections (such as uncles, aunts, or cousins) will be tracked but do not constitute legacy status. The Admission staff works closely with the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) to document legacy applicants through the admission process. A legacy connection is considered as part of a student's application, but it is in no way a guarantee of admission in the highly selective pool of applicants.
How do I get an application fee waiver?
If paying the $75 application fee to Emory University is a financial hardship, we are happy to waive the fee. All fee waiver requests are processed online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Please follow the instructions on the Common Application or Coalition Application platforms to request a fee waiver. We are unable to process fee waiver requests submitted directly by the applicant via email.
What is the mailing address for application materials?
Emory University encourages students to submit all application materials online through the Common Application or Coalition Application, including required school documents. However, if application materials need to be mailed please send them to:Office of Undergraduate Admission
3263-001-1AA (omit line for UPS, FedEx)
1390 Oxford Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-1016
Please ensure application materials include the applicant's full name exactly as it appears on their application, date of birth, and application ID number.
Does Emory University require a mid-year report from first-year applicants?
Yes, all Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants are required to have their high school guidance counselor submit the mid-year report and updated senior year transcript by January 25 (Early Decision II) or February 15 (Regular Decision). We do not accept mid-year reports or transcripts submitted by the applicant directly. Early Decision I applicants are encouraged to request their counselor submit first quarter grades as soon as they become available.
After submitting my application, is there a way to check if it is complete?
Once a student's application is downloaded and processed, an email will be sent to the applicant with details on setting up their application portal. To check one's application status and the receipt of application materials, one will log on to apply.emory.edu/status. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for items submitted to be received, processed, and removed from an applicant's checklist.
When I applied, I only applied to Emory College (or Oxford College). Now I want my application to be considered for both colleges. What can I do?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that your application be added for review for both colleges. No additional application materials or application fees are required. Please note your request to be considered for admission to both colleges needs to be submitted prior to the application deadline. One is not eligible to apply for the other college after receiving a deny decision.
How do I submit an update (or error correction) to an already submitted application?
Please send any application changes or updates as a saved PDF to email@example.com. Ensure your email includes the applicant’s full name exactly as it appears on their application, date of birth, and application ID number.
Can I submit supplemental information, like a resume, with my application?
Yes, however this is not required. It is only encouraged if the applicant feels that the application does not adequately provide opportunity to detail their accomplishments. No additional forms need to be completed for supplemental submissions.
Please send any supplements as a saved PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ensure your email includes the applicant's full name exactly as it appears on their application, date of birth, and application ID number.
Does Emory University accept arts supplements? And if so, is there a recommended format for submission?
We value that many of our applicants are artistically talented and want to showcase those talents for the Admission Committee. Applicants should fully present their achievements on their application. The submission of arts supplements is by request only. It's important to note that a request for arts supplements (or lack thereof), is not an indication of a student's final admission decision.
Shortly after the application deadline, in conjunction with faculty from our arts departments, we will contact select applicants to request the submission of supplemental arts materials. For those applicants who receive an arts supplement request, please note the request is completely optional. Selected applicants are those that arts faculty are interested in learning more about to assist the Admission Committee in assessing ability and talent.
Does Emory University accept applications from home-schooled students?
Yes. In addition to meeting all admission requirements and submitting the required results from the SAT or ACT, we ask that a student who has been schooled at home submit results from three SAT II subject exams—one in mathematics and two of the student's choosing. Additionally, we require at least one letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member. We also encourage home-schooled students to submit a comprehensive explanation of their curriculum.
What is the gap year (deferral of admission) policy?
Some students opt for a gap year between high school and college. Students use this time to volunteer, travel, or work. We advise students considering the gap year option to apply to Emory during their senior year of high school. If accepted, the student would need to submit his/her enrollment deposit by the deadline. Students have until 6/1 to request a deferral of his/her admission.
In order to defer admission, the accepted student would need approval from our Dean of Admission. Students may not enroll full-time at another college or university during their deferral period. We will accept only two courses taken for college credit during the gap year. We require a detailed explanation of the student's proposed plan for the gap year as well as acknowledgement of gap year guidelines regarding college coursework. The explanation should come in the form of a letter addressed to the Dean of Admission.
Admission deferrals for gap years are granted for one year only. Students whose gap years are approved would enter Emory as freshmen the subsequent fall semester.
If I already have a Bachelor's degree, can I still apply to Emory University?
Emory College and Oxford College do not offer opportunities for students seeking to complete a second bachelor’s degree. The Office of Undergraduate Admission only works with those students wishing to obtain their first degree. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing does have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2nd degree program. If you have completed a degree and wish to take undergraduate or graduate classes as a non-degree seeking student, contact the Laney Graduate School about such non-degree options.
Answer all essays, following the directions indicated in the questions. NOTE: Applicants who apply to more than one MBA program will only complete the essay question requirement related to their first-program preference.
- Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)
- The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. Mr. Goizueta's core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership - professional or personal - and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)
- Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)
- I am passionate about...
- The best piece of advice I've received is...
- The best day of my life was...
- A personal goal I want to accomplish is...
- Share with the committee and your future classmates a fun or noteworthy fact about you. (25 word limit)
Optional Essay: If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.