April 14, 2008
60, Number 27
• 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
• From all 50 states and 57 foreign countries
April 14, 2008
Emory admits highly competitive, diverse class
By Beverly clark
Following national trends, Emory 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, dean of admissions.
Additionally, Oxford College had 3,397 applicants from a diverse pool, an increase of 130 percent from last year, due in part to the new “One Voice” admissions strategy that gives prospective Emory students a full look at all undergraduate college options.
Among the class for the first time are 12 QuestBridge Scholars, 11 for Emory College and one for Oxford. Emory earlier this year joined a select coalition of universities and colleges that have partnered with QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that links highly qualified, low-income students with full four-year scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges.
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.
“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. While it is too soon to tell what impact Emory Advantage will have in its second year. About 8.3 percent of first-year students this past fall received Emory Advantage Loan Replacement Grants.