September 10, 2001
More visas among freshmen
The Class of 2005, numbering some 1,233 students, came to campus this
fall from every part of the United States and 29 other nations.
Thirty-seven percent of the incoming class applied through early decision,
meaning Emory was the students top choice and that they withdrew
applications to other institutions when accepted by Emory. International
student applications and enrollment continued a strong upward trend, with
a 20 percent increase this year on top of increases of 26 and 40 percent
during the past two years.
International recruitment has shown impressive growth as a relatively
new market for Emory, said Dan Walls, dean of admission.
We are now traveling internationally and have seen double-digit
increases in international applicants.
Official figures will not be available until the registrars date
of record Sept. 11, but the preliminary profile by the numbers of the
incoming class is:
We continue, as we have in the past, to get the Emory message out
to as broad a population of prospective students as possiblethe
use of the Internet, direct mail and expanded travel recruitment has aided
us, Walls said.
The average SAT score of incoming freshman is 1327, with a median range
of 12801450. The average unweighted GPA is 3.63. Among students
awarded merit scholarships through national competition, the average SAT
score is 1474 and average ACT score is 34; the average GPA is 4.0 (unweighted).
There are 34 such students, or approximately 2.8 percent of the incoming
A total of 46 states are represented in the incoming class. The geographic
breakdown of students is:
The 49 international first-year students hail from 29 countries, including
Korea (13 students); China (4); Canada, India and Turkey (3); Brazil,
Oman, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa, Spain and Taiwan (2); and one student
each from Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cayman
Islands, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Russia,
Singapore, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.
Most of this class of first-year students has taken advantage of a high-tech option for getting to know their classmates: A web site called Connect 2005 was available to all accepted first-year students.
When students received their acceptance letters, they were given a user
name and password that let them access the chatroom. Established last
year, the interactive conference is a service on LearnLink, Emorys
Finally, another factor played into Emorys landing such an impressive class, according to Walls. The extraordinary year Emory had in intercollegiate athletics has greatly expanded our reputation of producing superb student-athletes, he said.