Emory University Acceptance Rate

Last Updated on December 22, 2022

While it’s hard to imagine a time when Emory ever needed to “raise its status,” the average SAT score for an entering freshman was “only” 1138 in 1984, 1234 in 1995, and by 2020?—a whopping 1442. Even with some score inflation in the intervening years, that’s still quite a jump.

It’s worth noting that Emory has two undergraduate colleges, Emory College in Atlanta, and Oxford College located in Oxford, Georgia, roughly a 45-minute drive from main campus. Students can apply to just one school or both via the Common or Coalition Application. Since admissions into Oxford College and Emory College are two different animals, we will provide college-specific data where possible.

Given how rapidly the admissions landscape at Emory has shifted, the aim of this article is to provide you with:

1) A better sense of the big-picture of Emory University admissions.

2) Data to help you more accurately assess your chances of admission.

3) Precisely how the Emory University admissions committee evaluates applicants and how to make your application shine.

To accomplish these goals we will touch on the following topics:

  • Emory University’s Class of 2024 acceptance rate
  • Emory University’s ED acceptance rate
  • SAT, ACT, and GPA of accepted Emory University applicants
  • Admissions trends
  • The demographics of current Emory undergraduates
  • Emory University’s yield rate
  • How Emory University’s admissions officers evaluate candidates
  • Tips for applying to Emory University
  • How to assess whether applying to Emory is even worth the $75 application fee (for you)

Let’s begin with an examination of the most recent admissions data.

Emory University’s: Overall Acceptance Rate – Class of 2024

The acceptance rate for Emory College was 18% as 5,191 Class of 2024 members were selected from a pool of 28,211 applicants. For Oxford College, there were 16,687 applicants, 4,034 of whom were accepted—a friendlier acceptance rate of 24%.

Emory University Early Decision Acceptance Rate 

Emory received 3,125 ED applications for a place in the Class of 2023 and admitted 704 individuals. This acceptance rate of 22.5% compares favorably to the 15% acceptance rate for those in the regular cycle.

Emory University Admissions – SAT, ACT, and GPA

Emory College

Enrolled students in the Class of 2024 earned ACT Composite scores of 32-35, SAT math scores of 720-790 and SAT EBRW scores of 690-760. The unweighted GPA range was 3.8-4.0.

Oxford College

Enrolled students in the Class of 2024 earned ACT Composite scores of 31-35, SAT Math scores of 690-760 and SAT EBRW scores of 700-790.  The unweighted GPA range was 3.74-3.97.

Admissions Trends & Notes

  • The number of applications for the Class of 2023 increased 8.1% from the previous year.
  • The student body includes individuals from 100 countries who speak 85 languages.
  • Applications for ED increased 43% for the Class of 2025 from five years prior.
  • 769 of the 1,975 early decision I (ED II stats not yet available) applicants for the Class of 2025 were accepted; a rate of 39%.
  • Nearly one-quarter of students admitted to the Class of 2024 identified as African American, Hispanic, Latinx, or Native American, an increase from previous years.

Who Actually Gets Into Emory University?

Let’s look at the demographics of the Emory College Class of 2024:

  • South: 28%
  • Midwest: 11%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 18%
  • West: 15%
  • Southwest: 8%
  • New England: 5%
  • International: 16%

The demographics of the Oxford College Class of 2024 are as follows:

  • South: 31%
  • Midwest: 11%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 16%
  • West: 17%
  • Southwest: 7%
  • New England: 5%
  • International: 14%

Looking at ethnic identity, the breakdown of all current undergrads is as follows:

  • Asian American: 22%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • White: 39%
  • African American: 8%
  • International: 15%
  • Multiracial: 4%

The greatest percentage of international students hail from the following countries:

  • China: 48%
  • South Korea: 12%
  • India: 12%
  • Canada: 4%
  • Brazil: 2%
  • United Kingdom: 2%

The breakdown by gender of all current undergraduates is quite lopsided in favor of women:

  • Male: 40%
  • Female: 60%

Due to this wide gender disparity, the male acceptance rate is 17% where the female acceptance rate is 15%.

Yield Rate

Emory University’s yield rate—the percentage of accepted students who elect to enroll, divided by the total number of students who are admitted was 29% for the Class of 2023. For comparison, many other top private universities have superior yield rates such as Notre Dame (57%) Northwestern (56%), Duke (55%). Emory is a bit closer to other elite private schools like USC (37%), Carnegie Mellon (37%).

How Emory University Rates Applicants

Emory receives 30,000+ applications to fill a first-year class of approximately 1,300-1,400 students (1,800, including Oxford College). Despite this high total, Emory does give a genuinely holistic review to each and every applicant. Beyond mere test scores and other basic measurables, the admissions committee is “also looking for character traits, educational pursuits, and community awareness that would complement and blend into this campus community. Most Emory University students, regardless of major, have multiple interests and passions—whether it’s the arts, community service, medical research, theater, entrepreneurship, or athletics. We want to know what makes you happy and how your community/family/school has benefited from who you are as a person.”

Six factors are rated as being “very important” to the Emory admissions process: rigor of secondary school record, GPA, recommendations, extracurricular activities, talent/ability, and character/personal qualities. Application components deemed “important” are standardized test scores (test-optional for Class of 2021 only), essays, and volunteer work. It definitely helps if you are recruited as an athlete to join one of Emory University’s 19 Division I sports teams. Over 400 undergrads are varsity athletes. Those who excel in a given sport can gain an edge in the admissions process.

Tips for Applying to Emory University

If you plan on joining the 30,000+ Eagle hopefuls for the next admissions cycle, you should know the following:

  • Emory University offers Early Decision I and Early Decision II.  As cited earlier in the blog, ED acceptance rates are typically higher than during the Regular Decision round.
  • Emory University does offer optional alumni interviews. These are interviews conducted through the Alumni Interview Program. Between mid-October and February, a limited number of applicants will be granted an interview with an alum in their geographic area. However, the school notes that the majority of applicants will not receive an invitation.
  • Emory University does not consider “demonstrated interest” in the admissions process. Still, given that their yield rate is under 30%, it may be worth taking the simple steps of following them on social media, signing up for a virtual tour, or emailing an admissions officer with any questions you may have.
  • Make sure to dedicate sufficient time and effort to the supplemental essays required by Emory. In the 2020-21 cycle, students must answer two prompts, selecting one of the following “Reflections” prompts and one “Tell Us About You” prompt.

Reflections (Pick One)

  1. Reflections: Share about a time when you questioned something that you believed to be true. (150 words)
  2. Reflections: If you could go back in time, what advice would you offer yourself at the beginning of secondary/high school? (150 words)
  3. Reflections: Reflect on a personal experience where you intentionally expanded your cultural awareness. (150 words)

Tell Us About You (Pick One)

  1. Tell Us About You: Which book, character, song, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) represents you, and why? (150 words)
  2. Tell Us About You: If you could witness any event (past, present, or future) first-hand, what would it be, and why? (150 words)
  3. Tell Us About You: Introduce yourself to your first-year Emory University roommate. (150 words)

As you ponder which topics to pick and how to approach each Emory essay, keep the following in mind:

  • What you share doesn’t have to be highbrow, overly-studious, or exactly what you think an adult reader wants to hear. You can be honest, silly, real, and…well…an actual teenager.
  • Really think about what you are trying to communicate in these essays. This is a chance to tell Emory something about yourself that they would not otherwise know. Admissions readers want to learn more about your character and personality—here is your chance!
  • Be honest and let your passion(s) show on the page. Anything inauthentic will be sniffed out by savvy readers.
  • Don’t try to force a story just to fit a certain prompt. For example, if you don’t have a meaningful and personal story having to do with “cultural awareness” avoid that particular “Reflections” prompt.

Should I Apply to Emory University?

With overall acceptance rates as low as 15-16% in recent years, Emory is a school that is looking for students that are at the 97th percentile or above on standardized tests and among the very top of their high school class. Just about all “A”s in an AP/IB-heavy curriculum is expected. If Emory University is your aim, make sure to also have multiple other schools on your list where you are more likely to gain acceptance. All students need to make sure that they formulate an appropriate college list, containing a complement of “target” and “safety” schools. You’ll also definitely want to get your counselor’s input during this process.

Emory University Admission Statistics Class of 2023

Emory University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Emory University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Emory University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.

The Class of 2023 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to Emory University ever. For the Class of 2023, 30,017 students applied to Emory University of which 4,512 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 15%. Overall applications increased by 8.1% over last year (2022 to 2023) from 27,759 to 30,017.

For the Class of 2023, 559 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 1,910, yielding an early acceptance rate of 29.3%. Early applications increased by 17.7% over last year (2022 to 2023) from 1,623 to 1,910.

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Female Admissions

16,839 Females Applied

3,161 Females Accepted

19% Acceptance Rate

Male Admissions

11,372 Males Applied

2,246 Males Accepted

20% Acceptance Rate


75 Application Fee

3.8 Avg. high school GPA for freshman

Admission Requirements
RequiredTranscript of high school record
2 recommendations

Application Deadlines

TypeApplication ClosingNotification DateRolling Admissions
Fall freshmenJanuary 1stMarch 24th
Early decision planNovember 1stDecember 9th
Other early decision planNot reportedNot reported
TransferMarch 15thMay 1st

Test Scores Accepted

TestAvg. Score25th % Info icon75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading708680740Improve your score!Practice
SAT Math741700790Improve your score!Practice
ACT Composite323134Improve your score!Practice

Tuition & Fees

Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
Tuition pre-payment planNo
Tuition payment plans offeredYes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees

Student Body

7,010 Total Undergrad students

15% International Students

80% Out-of-state students


Black or African American8.64%
White or Caucasian37.03%
American Indian or Alaska Native0.06%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander0.04%
Two or more races4.39%


Male (40.7%)

Female (59.3%)

Campus Life


College-owned housingYes
Housing requirementsYes
Housing optionsCo-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing22%

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