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Emory University

Atlanta, GA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%

Emory Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into Emory University. In 2022, Emory University accepted just 11% of all applicants. In 2023, just 3,767 out of the 33,179 students who applied were accepted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Emory University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/1 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who submit their applications to Emory University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Emory University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Emory University's admissions stats.

Emory University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 81%
Mean SAT Score 1484
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23%
Waitlist Yes

Emory University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Emory University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Emory University?

Emory University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Emory University is 26%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 11%. Last year, Emory University admitted 940 of the 3560 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Emory University Admissions

Transferring to Emory University

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Emory University

In 2022, Emory University waitlisted 6,448 students and 3,388 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 107 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Emory University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Emory University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Emory University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Emory University for more information on admission factors.

Emory University Application Requirements

To apply to Emory University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Emory University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Emory University?

Students admitted to Emory University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 19.8% submitted a class rank. At Emory University 81% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Emory University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 17.7%
3.75 and 3.99 59.6%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 3.3%
3.00 and 3.24 0.3%
2.50 and 2.9 0.1%
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Emory University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Emory University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 41% of Emory University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Emory University?

To be competitive with other Emory University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1450 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Emory University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1450, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Emory University student is 1484.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Emory University students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Emory University students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

To be most competitive at Emory University, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Emory University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Emory University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to Emory University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Emory University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 5.

Transfer students can enroll in Emory University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Emory University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Emory University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Emory University.

Does Emory University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Emory University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Emory University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Emory University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Emory University?

❌ No, Emory University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Emory University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Emory University is 11%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Emory University?

βœ… Emory University's early decision acceptance rate was 26% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Emory? Emory is a selective institution. The Emory acceptance rate is 11%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.


Emory Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Emory is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Emory is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Emory SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1450 - 1530


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above


1450 to 1530


1450 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Emory students is 1484. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Emory, while applicants with SAT scores between 1450 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1450 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Emory.

Emory GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Emory, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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