Frequently Asked Questions

Program FAQs

How many students participate in the Pre-College Program?

This summer we expect to have about 400 Pre-College students on the Emory campus. Those students will be spread over three two-week sessions and two three-week sessions, so there will be about 100-150 students enrolled in the Pre-College Program at any given time. The relatively small size of our program ensures that students receive personal attention from both their professors and the residence life staff and that they get to know most of the other Pre-College students. Around 90% of the students enrolled in two-week courses are residential and will live in the Pre-College dorm.

I am residing on campus, are linens provided?

No, linens are not provided. Students should bring twin size bed linens, towels, blanket, and pillow. If student does not have linens, they will have the opportunity to purchase linens the evening of check-in. Click here to review what to bring.

Are the residence halls co-ed? Will I share a bathroom?

Residence halls are co-ed, but floors are gender specific. Student will room with a same gender student. There are communal bathrooms on each floor.

What is provided in the residence hall rooms?

A regular residence hall room include two twin beds, two desks, and drawer/closet space. All residence halls are air conditioned.

What time do I have to move out of the residence hall?

All students need to check out of their residence hall by 12 noon on check-out day, Saturday.

Am I responsible for a lost room key?

Yes, you are responsible for a lost room key. The cost, $75, will be billed to the student’s account.

Is there a laundry facility on campus and how much does it cost?

There are free laundry facilities located in each residence hall. 

Will I need to buy textbooks?

Some courses require textbooks. You will receive an email, in late May, with the textbook list and other pertinent information.

Will there be homework outside of class?

Yes, most courses will have assignments outside of class. The amount of daily homework will vary among courses and may take up to several hours per day, but previous Pre-College students have found these assignments manageable and rewarding.

How will students spend a typical day in the Pre-College Program?

A typical day in the Pre-College Program for students enrolled in non-credit courses is detailed here.

Can Pre-College students schedule an admissions interview while on campus?

Emory does not conduct admissions interviews. However, all Pre-College students will have the opportunity to participate in both an Admissions-guided tour of the Atlanta campus and Admissions Information Sessions. We also usually are able to offer a guided tour of the Oxford campus of Emory University.

What do Pre-College students do in their free time?  How much free time will they have? 

You will find that students stay relatively busy during the Pre-College Program. All students taking non-credit courses will attend class in the morning, and most afternoons students will also attend a one-hour College 101 session. During the afternoons and evenings, students will have free time, during which they may devote time to their course work or participate in optional extra-curricular activities, including campus tours, sight-seeing around Atlanta, and other social activities. On the weekends, we have a full day of Atlanta-area activities planned for students on Saturday and a more relaxed day of campus activities and free time on Sunday. 

We plan a full slate of fun and educational programs for pre-college students, and we encourage students to take advantage of the unique opportunities that they are offered during the program. At the same time, we encourage students to prioritize their academic work and to make wise choices about how to spend their time. In fact, previous Pre-College students have reported that one of the most valuable things that they have learned during the program was how to manage their time in a college setting as they balance academic, extra-curricular, and social demands on their time.  

Can non-residential/commuter students participate in extra- and co-curricular activities? 

Yes!  Pre-College Program activities are open to all Pre-College students enrolled in non-credit courses.

What kind of off-campus trips can I expect?

Click here to review the programming calendar. Review June and July to view the trips during previous Pre-College programs. All ticket and transportation costs are covered in the program fee.

What if there is an emergency and my family cannot get in touch with me?

Parents can send an email to and staff will ensure the student receives the message.

I would like to send my student a package and/or letter. Where would I send it?

Letters from friends and family are always welcomed. We recommend that you do not send cash through the mail. If you would like your student to receive the package/letter in a timely manner, we recommend that you use FedEx or UPS. If you send a package/letter through USPS, the mail will go to our central mail distribution center on campus and may take approximately five business days before the office receives the item(s). Please ensure the student’s full name is on the package/letter.

Mail packages/letters to:
Emory Pre-College Program
550 Asbury Circle
Candler Library, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30322


Can Pre-College students visit with family friends and/or relatives during the Pre-College Program?

Pre-College students are discouraged from leaving the Pre-College program for visits with friends and family. In order to allow students to take full advantage of their pre-college experience, we encourage parents and students to schedule visits with friends and family members either before the program begins or after it ends. Students are allowed to leave campus under the adult supervision of local friends and relatives if we have received prior approval from the student’s parent or guardian. (More information about the permission form will be included in a pre-arrival email in May and also through your online application.) If you must plan a visit during the program, please contact Ursula Spitzer at or 404-712-7677  to find a suitable time when your son or daughter will not miss programming in which he or she wishes to participate.

What sort of supervision will Pre-College students have?

The Emory Pre-College Program is designed to give students a taste of college life while also recognizing that they are still in high school and providing the requisite supervision. All residential Pre-College students are required to check in before evening curfew (11pm on weekdays, midnight on weekends).  Residential students are not allowed to leave campus on their own or with other students. Students are allowed to walk to Emory Village (an area with restaurants and shops adjacent to campus) on their own.  Pre-College students are not allowed to visit other residence halls on campus, and only Pre-College students and staff are allowed inside the Pre-College residence hall.   

The Pre-College Residence Life staff is comprised of an Area Director, three Program Coordinators, and at least 1 Resident Assistant for every 10 students. The staff is very hands-on with the students, and they stay in close communication with the Pre-College faculty. All extra-curricular activities and off-campus excursions are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff.

What food options are available on campus for commuter students?

Commuter students do not receive meal plans, but are welcome to purchase breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at a variety of locations on campus. Places to eat on campus are plentiful, or you may bring your meal. There are many meal options available, including Dobbs Market and Kaldi's Coffee in the DUC, Cox Hall Market, Starbuck's, Zaya at Dooley's Den, Highland Bakery, and Peet's Coffee and Tea. Students should plan on $6-$10 per meal, depending on the location. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Emory Village is within walking distance of campus and has a variety of restaurants from which to choose, including Domino's, Chipotle and Panera Bread.

If I lose my Emory Card, what should I do?

Emory cards may be replaced for $30 through the Emory Card Office. Students will be responsible for paying for their meals until their Emory Card is replaced.

When do I find out my grade?

Pre-College students: Assessments will be uploaded to your application for review by late August.

Summer College students: You can view your grades in OPUS after the fully graded date for each session.

Do parents need to accompany their child to Orientation? 

No, parents do not need to accompany their child to Orientation. The Orientation program itself is designed for Pre-College students. However, we do understand that some parents would like to help their child check-in and move into the residence halls, and we welcome you to do so. There will be an optional question and answer session for parents with Pre-College staff prior to Student Orientation on Sunday afternoon. More information will be included in the email that you will receive in May and in your online application. You may access the Arrival and Orientation schedule here.

Do parents attend the closing program?

The closing program is for students and faculty. Parents do not attend. A catered luncheon is provided for students and faculty.

Application FAQs

What is the program criteria to apply?

The program criteria is listed here on the website.

I am homeschooled. May I apply?

Yes, homeschooled students are welcome. Someone other than parents should submit the letter of recommendation. The recommendation should attest to student's character, academics, and ability to get along in a community setting.

I am an international student but I have not taken the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambdridge test. Can I still apply?

TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge test scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English. If you attend a U.S. high school and provide test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT), TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge may be waived. A skype interview may be required as part of the application process.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is on Friday, two weeks prior to the start of the session. The session dates are listed here on the website.

Can I enroll in multiple sessions?

Students may attend multiple sessions and receive a tuition discount (click here for tuition). International students often attend more than one session.

I am known by an alias (nick name) and not by my legal first name. What name should I put on my application?

Use the legal name that appears on your birth certificate and current school records. There is a field in the application to provide your “preferred” name.

How can I find the list of courses offered?

The list of Pre-College and Summer College courses are on our website.

Click here for Pre-College courses

Click here for Summer College courses

Are transcripts and test scores required?

Transcripts and test scores are required. Report cards/grade reports cannot be submitted in lieu of the transcript, however, they are permissible for current fall grades only. When submitting your test scores, we request that you upload the test score report, not the dashboard view. Your test score report should show your full legal name, testing date, and test scores for each category.

Am I required to select an alternate course?

You are encouraged to indicate an alternate course. If you do not select an alternate course and are not approved for your first course choice, your new course selection will require admission committee’s approval.

Who can I use as a recommender for my letter of recommendation?

The recommender should be someone who can attest to your academic abilities, character, and/or ability to get along in a community setting (such as teacher or counselor). Parent recommendations will not be accepted. You can submit as many recommendation requests as you like. However, one recommendation letter is needed to complete your application.

My recommender has not received the recommendation request. What should I do?

Recommendation requests are emailed to the recommender’s email provided once the student submits the recommender's name, contact number, and email address. Confirm with the recommender that the request was received. If the request was not received in your recommender's inbox, ask your recommender to check the spam/junk folder.

I am interested in Summer College (credit-bearing courses for high school students), but I live outside of the metro Atlanta area or in another state. Can I apply for Summer College?

Summer College does not have a residential option or meal plan. All students enrolled in Summer College need to provide their own transportation to and from campus each day. If you live outside of the metro-Atlanta area or in another state, please have your parent email to let us know where you will reside if accepted into the program.

The only item my application is missing is my test scores. Is there a way to expedite the scores?

The Emory Pre-College Program requests a recent score report from either the SAT, the ACT, or the PSAT test. (International students who are applying for two- or three-week courses must submit TOEFL scores.) There are several ways to send a test score report to the Pre-College Program:

  1. Your high school may have a record of your scores. They could email that record to us at
  2. You may have a copy of the score report that the testing service mailed to you. You can upload this report directly to your online application.
  3. You can access your score report online. Either print it or take a screen shot and upload it to your application. (PLEASE be sure the testing service name/logo, your name, and the date you took the test show at the top of the copy. We only need the composite scores - we do not need the breakdown of each section.)
  4. The SAT or the ACT score report can be transmitted to us electronically by the testing service, using the Emory code number which you give to the service. Emory’s CEEB/SAT and TOEFL code number is 5187; the ACT code number is 0810. This method can take up to several weeksIf you are interested in speed, you may want to consider one of the other methods mentioned above.

The report can be emailed to us. However, the fastest way to complete your application, is to upload the score report directly to your online application.


I uploaded all my documents, do I need to mail the originals to your office?

You do not need to mail the original documents after you have emailed or uploaded the documents to your application. 

How long will it take to receive a decision about my application?

Once your application is complete and there is no other documentation needed, the decision is rendered within three to five business days. The decision is sent to the email address provided in your application.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available and more information is here on the website. Complete the financial aid application and email it with your parent’s current year tax return to Financial aid is evaluated when the application is in Final Acceptance or Enrolled status. A decision is made within three to five business days after being submitted.

I need to change sessions, but am unable to do so on my application. What should I do?

Send an email to with your full name, the new session, and course to which you would like to apply. You do not have to start a new application.

I am having difficulty logging in to my application. What should I do?

Click here to review troubleshooting tips. Email if you still cannot log in after trying all of the troubleshooting tips provided.

Admitted Students FAQs

What should I do after being accepted into the program?

The next step is to pay the non-refundable $350 deposit. Please wait 2 business days after you receive your final acceptance email before paying your deposit in OPUS. Review the following questions on how to pay the deposit.

How should I pay the deposit?

You can pay using a credit card, checking account (via ACH), wire transfer, or mail a check. Paying online is the fastest method of payment and will speed up your enrollment. Click here to review the instructions on how to pay the deposit.

If I have applied for financial aid, should I deposit before I hear about my award?

If you are relying on financial aid to attend the program, do not pay the deposit before you receive your financial aid award as the deposit is non-refundable. However, remember classes fill quickly.

Am I guaranteed the course that was approved in my application?

We have rolling admissions which means students are enrolled in a course once they have been accepted and paid their deposit. Paying the deposit immediately after being accepted increases the chances for being enrolled in your approved course choice.

Can I request a roommate? 

Provide the name of a roommate when completing your pre-arrival questionnaire regarding accommodations. Your roommate must also submit your name in order to room together.

Am I required to have health insurance to attend Pre-College?

You are strongly encouraged to have health insurance or short term coverage. International students, click here to find out more information about health insurance coverage.

If I am unable to get my immunizations prior to arriving to campus, what are my options?

Direct your questions regarding immunizations to the Student Health nurses 404-727-0392 or

I am having difficulty logging in to my application to complete the pre-arrival documents. What should I do?

Click here to review the troubleshooting tips. Email if you still cannot log in after trying all of the troubleshooting tips provided.

Where can I locate the pre-arrival documents and parental consents/student acknowledgements? When are they due?

Log in to the OISP Portal Login.  Click on the application “Emory Pre-College Program Session” and scroll down until you see Parental Consent and Student Acknowledgment and Questionnaires/Uploads. Complete all items that are not checked as received. Pre-arrival documents and consents are due one week prior to check-in.

How do I pay remaining tuition and fees?

Please note that Emory is committed to reducing the use of paper. Billing statements are not mailed. You may pay your bill in one of the ways detailed here. Emory University does not accept credit card payments to pay bill.

I am having difficulty logging in to OPUS. What should I do?

The student needs to contact Student Technical Support (404-727-7777) to receive OPUS login support. The Help Desk will only speak with the student.

My photo for the Emory Card was denied. What should I do?

Click here to review the Emory Card website again and upload another photo following the guidelines.  All notifications about your Emory Card are sent to your Emory email address, which you can access here: Outlook Web App  If you are experiencing difficulty with your Emory Card photo submission, please contact or 404-727-6095 M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Do Pre-College students need to bring a laptop to the Program?

Pre-College students have found that bringing a laptop to the Program is useful and convenient. If a student has access to a personal laptop, previous students would recommend bringing it. Students will have wireless internet access throughout campus, including Hamilton Holmes and Turman residence halls, and Campus IT will be available to help students connect during Orientation. 

Students will have access to both Woodruff Library and the Cox Hall Computing Lab, but both of these spaces keep summer hours and will be closed in the evenings. Students relying on the labs will need to plan to complete their computing work during the afternoons. Please check the individual course description to determine if a personal laptop is required for your course.  

How much spending money will Pre-College students need during the two-week program?

The only required expenses not included in the fees for the program are the cost of transportation to and from Atlanta and the cost of any required books for a student’s particular course. 

The cost of all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as transportation to and from these activities, is included in the cost of the program. Students should plan to have spending money for any souvenirs or extras that they wish to purchase. For example, admissions to the Braves game and transportation to and from the game will be covered by the program. If a student wishes to buy a Braves t-shirt or a drink and popcorn at the game, he or she will need to cover that cost personally. 

All residential students will also have a full meal plan, which entitles them to three meals/day in the Dobbs University Center cafeteria or other campus dining locations. If students wish to eat any meals or snacks in the restaurants in Emory Village, or if they wish to order a late-night pizza or have other snacks or meals outside of their meal plan, they will need to cover that cost personally. 

We do not encourage students to bring large amounts of cash to Emory. There are ATMs for many major banks on campus, and most places that your son or daughter may spend money accept debit and credit cards.

Will the Pre-College Program send me any information to assist in making travel plans?

Yes, all deposited students will receive an email with additional information in mid-May. The email will contain a detailed Check-In and Orientation schedule and should answer most questions that you will have.   

Click here to see arrival and departure information.

Will airport shuttles be available?

A shuttle will transport arriving students from Atlanta-Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to campus on arrival Sundays for a small fee. The shuttle will transport students from campus back to the airport on departure Saturdays. Space on the shuttle is limited and may be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fee is $25 each direction. Information about the airport shuttle can be found by clicking here and also in your online application.

I am flying into Atlanta international terminal and requested a Pre-College shuttle to pick me up. How should I communicate that I am in the international terminal?

It is important to send an email to to inform us that you will arrive in the international terminal. Be sure to complete the airport shuttle questionnaire in your application also.  Your airport shuttle instructions include a phone number for you to call once you arrive at the airport.

Are Pre-College students allowed to drive to campus?

Residential Pre-College students (those living in a dorm on campus) are NOT allowed to have a car on Emory’s campus. Commuter Pre-College students (those living with their families in Atlanta) may drive to and from campus daily. They will either pay to park by the hour in one of Emory’s visitors’ lots, or they may purchase a two-week parking pass from Emory's office of Transportation and Parking. Six-week commuter students will need to purchase a six-week parking pass from Emory's office of Transportation and Parking. No Pre-College students is allowed to ride with another student in their personal car during the program, nor is a student allowed to transport another student during the program. Click here for more information about obtaining a Emory parking permit.