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Emory University

Atlanta, GA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

Emory Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Emory, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee is $75.

Students who submit their applications to Emory for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Emory Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Emory's admissions stats.

Emory 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 76%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
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 January 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Emory?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ 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 is 26%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 13%. Last year, Emory admitted 844 of the 3213 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they believe it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Emory University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Emory?

It is extremely difficult to get into Emory. Emory evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Emory accepted 13% of students, around 4,364 from 33,435 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Emory, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Emory University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Emory

Emory has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Emory Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are 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 admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Emory

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

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

Emory 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
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?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 22% submitted a class rank. At Emory 76% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% 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 14.36%
3.75 and 3.99 56.29%
3.50 and 3.74 22.65%
3.25 and 3.49 5.94%
3.00 and 3.24 0.76%
2.50 and 2.9 ––
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 directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Emory has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 37% of Emory's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Emory?

To be competitive with other Emory applicants, you should strive to earn between 1430 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Emory 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Emory students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Emory students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Emory?

To be most competitive at Emory, 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'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 students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Emory University

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

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 during the following terms:

• Fall Term

Emory Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Emory?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Emory.

Does Emory accept transfer credits?

✅ Emory accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ Emory accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Emory?

❌ No, Emory is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Emory's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Emory is 13%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Emory?

✅ Emory'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 13%. This means that the institution accepts 13 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


32 to 34


32 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Emory is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Emory. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Emory SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1530


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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