News Release: Admission and Financial Aid, People, Student Life

Sep. 2,  2008

Emory Welcomes Dynamic Freshman Class

Emory University's undergraduate colleges welcome a highly selective and diverse freshman class to their campuses this fall.

Emory College's Class of 2012 – 1,299 in all – was chosen from a record 17,466 applicants, up 8.8 percent from last year's pool.  The class hails from 47 states and beyond, with 9.7 percent of the students representing 25 different countries. Almost two-fifths of the class hails from a Southern state, with about a quarter from the Mid-Atlantic region and the rest spread among the West, Southwest, Midwest and New England. Georgia enrollees make up 19.6 percent of the class.

Academically, the freshman class earned an average GPA of 3.76 in high school. Their median SAT scores range from 1330 to 1470 for the combined critical reading and math sections. The number of students for whom Emory is top choice also remained high: Early decision applicants make up 32.3 percent of the class.

Oxford College Sees Record Applicants

Oxford College, a two-year undergraduate division located on the university's original, historic campus 38 miles east of Atlanta, also saw a record number of applicants, resulting in its most selective class ever. Oxford welcomes nearly 400 first-year students from a record 3,807 applicants (up 69 percent from 2007).

The Oxford class hails from 36 different states and 11 countries. Most of the Oxford class is from the Southeast (66 percent), with 11 percent from the Mid-Atlantic region and the remaining from around the country. International students make up five percent of the class.

Minority Enrollment Up

The College class includes another consecutive year of record minority enrollment. Students of color represent nearly 43 percent of the class (up from 41 percent last year), including Asian Americans (30.6 percent), African Americans (8.7 percent) and Hispanics (3.5 percent), along with 11.8 percent not reported or unknown.

At Oxford, 48 percent of the class is made up of minority enrollment, including Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (29 percent), African Americans (14 percent) and Hispanics (five percent).

QuestBridge Scholars Arrive

The class also includes Emory's first group of QuestBridge Scholars, including 10 in the College and one at Oxford. Emory joined a select coalition of universities and colleges last year 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.

A full snapshot of Emory's class of 2012

Full demographic information for Oxford's class

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