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Admissions - Message to prospective students, enrolling students and high school counselors

Coronavirus Updates

Office of Undergraduate Admission

Updated: February 28, 2020

The following information is from Emory University's Office of Admission. It provides further information for prospective students and enrolling students living in regions impacted by the coronavirus. We understand this may be a time of unsurety for you and/or your family. It is our sincerest hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information related to prospective and enrolling students.

Emory's Holistic Review Process

Emory University will continue to review all applications, including those from regions impacted by coronavirus, in a holistic and equitable fashion for both Emory College and Oxford College. Emory's commitment to the application review process includes looking at each student's academic preparation in the context of their high school along with personal attributes.

Rest assured that all Regular Decision applications will receive the same equitable review and attention as students who applied in Early Decision I and Early Decision II. The health emergency related to coronavirus is not influencing the review process.

Submitting Materials

We understand that some students attend schools that are temporarily closed. These closures may prevent you from submitting needed materials for your Regular Decision application. We will continue to receive and process all materials sent to us for as long as possible in the coming weeks.

Please know that your application will be reviewed without your mid-year transcripts and reports. If you are able to submit those materials, we kindly request that you do so. But if your school is closed right now, your application will be reviewed without them.

As a reminder, all application materials, apart from mid-year transcripts, were due to our office at the Regular Decision deadline of January 1, which was then extended to January 10. Our hope is that applicants were able to submit everything in a timely fashion already.

But if you still need to submit items, we will continue to add them to your application file. You may upload many items yourself through your Emory applicant portal.

Modified IB/AP Testing and Graduation

For students admitted in Early Decision I or Early Decision II, we understand that some of you may attend schools that are temporarily closed, preventing you from completing what is considered a "typical last semester" of classes, testing protocols, or graduation.

We will continue to work with you and your school in the coming weeks and months to navigate this process. At this time, we do not anticipate any school situations that would prevent you from enrolling at Emory University.

Can I still get a Visa for the U.S.?

For all enrolling students, Emory University is closely monitoring the virus and its spread. University administration follows all recommendations provided by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the university has paused all travel to China and South Korea at this time, our hope is that the travel recommendations will change in the coming months.

Typically our offices begin working on visa paperwork in April and May, and that work carries on with enrolling students through June, July, and August. We are hopeful for a smooth I-20 and visa process this year for all incoming international students, including those from impacted regions. 

Any updates to this timeline will be shared here as well as with international students via email. If you have further questions, contact us at We strive to respond to all emails within two business days.