News Release: Admission and Financial Aid

Apr. 4,  2008

Emory Admits Highly Competitive, Diverse Class

Emory Admits Highly Competitive, Diverse Class

Following national trends, Emory University saw record applications from a highly competitive class. The university admitted 25.8 percent out of 17,448 applicants for the class of 2012 during regular decision admission. By comparison in 2007, 15,368 applied and 27 percent were accepted.

"From our largest applicant pool in the history of the university, we have admitted a group of students who, we believe, will both add to and gain from Emory's wonderful community with their incredible talents, their diversity, and their already exceptional achievements both inside and outside the classroom," says Jean Jordan, Emory's dean of admissions.

A quick snapshot of admitted students

  • Average SAT (critical reading and math only): 1,403
  • Average ACT: 31.2
  • Average unweighted GPA: 3.84
  • 47 percent are students of color, including:
    • - Native American: 21
    • - African American: 521
    • - Asian: 1130
    • - Hispanic: 269
  • They hail from all 50 states and 57 foreign countries.

Additionally, Emory's Oxford College, a two-year, liberal-arts intensive undergraduate division of the university, had 3,397 applicants from a diverse pool, an increase of 130 percent from last year.

Among the class are 12 QuestBridge Scholars for the first time, 11 for Emory College and one for Oxford. The university earlier this year joined a select coalition of universities and colleges that have partnered with QuestBridge, a national non-profit that links highly qualified, low-income students with full four-year scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges.

Financial Aid Now the Focus

Over the next few weeks, families will be making final school choices as admission decisions and aid packages are released. The good news is that families appear to be applying earlier, and more appear to be considering need-based aid as an option, according to Emory's financial aid office.

"Fortunately Emory's commitment to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for undergraduate students and strong institutional grant funding, including Emory Advantage, will lessen the burden of borrowing for many," says Dean Bentley, director of financial aid.

Emory was among the first schools last year to announce its student debt relief program -- Emory Advantage. While it is too soon to tell what impact Emory Advantage will have in its second year, financial aid officers say they are seeing an increased need for aid.

About 8.3 percent of first-year students this past fall received Emory Advantage Loan Replacement Grants, which replace loans for dependent undergraduates whose families' annual assessed incomes are $50,000 or less. These students will graduate with no need-based loans. Additionally, Emory Advantage's Loan Cap Program assists students from families with assessed income between $50,001 to $100,000 by capping their total need-based loan amount over four years at $15,000.

Related Information

Emory Undergraduate Office of Admission

Accepted Students at Oxford College


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