Emory University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Emory University is a highly selective private university with an acceptance rate of 16%. Located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, this highly-ranked university is a member of the Association of American Universities for its research strengths and is one of the top universities in the Southeast. The school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Most of Emory's undergrads attend Emory College on the main campus, but approximately 500 students begin a two-year liberal arts program at Oxford College in the small town of Oxford, Georgia.

Emory's multi-billion-dollar endowment helps support its strong schools of medicine, theology, law, nursing, public health, and business. On the athletic front, the Emory Eagles compete in the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Emory admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Emory University had an acceptance rate of 16%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 16 students were admitted, making Emory's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 30,017
Percent Admitted 16%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 30%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Emory requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 59% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 670 740
Math 690 790
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Emory's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Emory scored between 670 and 740, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 740. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 690 and 790, while 25% scored below 690 and 25% scored above 790. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1530 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Emory.

Requirements

Emory does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Emory participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject tests are encouraged but not required. Applicants submitting SAT Subject test scores may choose which SAT Subject test scores to report.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Emory requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Emory's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Emory received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Emory does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The optional ACT writing section is not required for admission to Emory.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Emory's incoming class had unweighted high school GPAs between 3.79 and 4.0. 25% had a GPA above 4.0, and 25% had a GPA below 3.79. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Emory University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Emory University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Emory University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Emory University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Emory University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, like many of the country's most selective colleges, Emory has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Emory's average range.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Emory University Undergraduate Admissions Office.