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Pre-Orientation Programs

As our newest community members, you’re invited to connect with peers and upperclass students through one of our immersive Pre-Orientation Programs. 

Pre-Orientation is an optional opportunity open to incoming first-year students (except the International Student Welcome, which is required for F1 students). Programs are designed around a specific focus and serve to connect students with various aspects of the Emory community.

We encourage incoming first-year students to review the different programs, their focus, and registration information by using the links below to see if they are interested in signing up for a Pre-Orientation Program.

Please note that the Pre-Orientation programs listed on this website are only open to first-year students on the Atlanta campus. If you are interested in participating in a Pre-Orientation program on the Oxford campus, you can learn more about Oxford's Ignite Leadership Program and Oxford's International Student Welcome.

Pre-Orientation Programs

Emory's Pre-Orientation Programs include:

  • Black Men's Initiative - A program aimed at providing support for Black male students who identify on the African Diaspora through academic and social support, access to campus resources, and professional development. As of June 10, all spaces for BMI have been filled and registration is now closed.

  • Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) - A four-day interfaith experience designed to ease the transition to college while also providing an opportunity to explore Atlanta, build religious and philosophical literacy and interfaith leadership skills, and connect with new friends as you settle into your new home at Emory. We welcome first-year students from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual, and ethical identities. Learn more about the program, meet your amazing Peer Mentor team, and register at our website here. For questions, please contact 

  • Ignite Leadership - A four-day program for incoming first-year students dedicated to building community through leadership education and development before orientation begins. Using examples of leadership in the Oxford College, Emory College, and Atlanta Communities, students will participate in experiential and reflective activities related to self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills. Registration opens June 1st and will remain open until all spots are filled. There are a limited number of spots and registration is first-come, first-served. Please visit for more information. As of July 19, all spaces for Ignite Leadership have been filled and registration is now closed.

  • International Student Welcome - A special pre-orientation program designed for students that have grown up primarily or exclusively outside the United States. Students attending Emory on an F1 visa are required to attend. Learn more about the International Student Welcome program here.

  • Summer Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)A program for incoming first-years dedicated to building community through 3-days of outdoor adventure immediately before Orientation. Learn more about the program, FAQs, and Fall 2021 registration here or contact Registration for SOAR is first come, first served. All spaces are filled. The waitlist for SOAR 2021 will open June 18, 2021 at 12:00PM.

  • STEM Pathways - A pre-orientation program providing support to natural science and mathematics students who are the first generation in their families to attend college, or are in identity groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Students who qualify will receive an email invitation to participate.

Join us!

Feel free to utilize the links and contact information above to learn more about each of Emory's Pre-Orientation opportunities.

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