Frequently Asked Questions


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How many students participate in the Pre-College Program?

  • Approximately 400 Pre-College students, spread over three two-week and two three-week sessions

  • Approximately 100-150 students enrolled in the Pre-College Program each session.

  • Around 90% of the students enrolled in two-week courses are residential and will live in the Pre-College residence halls.

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

The daily schedule provides what a typical day in the Pre-College Program for students enrolled in noncredit courses. 

What do Pre-College students do in their free time? 

Students stay relatively busy during the Pre-College Program. We encourage students to prioritize their academic work and to make wise choices about how to spend their time. 

What can I expect in regard to online extra-curricular activities? 

Student Life does not end in the online classroom. Meet your Pre-College peers during evening activities hosted by Community Mentors (current Emory and Emory Oxford students) who have planned activities to help you enjoy navigating the challenges and rewards of being part of our Pre-College community.   You will have the opportunity to join in optional extra-curricular activities that stimulate your mind, like performing in a talent show, participating in a pet parade, showing off your culinary skills, or attending student panel sessions about campus life.  You’ll also have some time to simply have fun and get to know your peers.  All Evening activities will be offered from 7 pm – 9 pm, Monday – Friday.

Are Pre-College students allowed to drive to campus?

Summer College commuter students (those living with their families in metro Atlanta areas) 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.

I am homeschooled. May I apply?

Homeschooled students are welcome. When soliciting a recommender, it should be someone other than parents and the recommendation should attest to student's character, academics, and ability to get along in a community setting.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is on Friday, two weeks prior to the start of the session. Review session dates.

Can I enroll in multiple sessions?

Students may attend multiple sessions. International students often attend more than one session.

I am known by an alias (nickname) 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.

Are transcripts and test scores required?

Transcripts and test scores are required. Report cards/grade reports cannot be submitted in lieu of your transcript, however, they are permissible for current fall grades only.

Test scores report must contain your name, test date and scores for each category.

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

The program criteria provides information regarding international students and test scores.

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

You may download the test scores report and upload them to your application in the PORTAL.  Instructions are as follows:

  • PreSAT/SAT - When you log into the College Board testing website, you will immediately be on the Dashboard screen. Click on the view details tab under the total score which will take you to another screen called Student Score Report. On that screen, click on download report to the right. The report that downloads is the report we need to upload to your application.

  • PreACT/ACT - When you log into the ACT testing website, click on “Your test Dates and Scores” on the right under Home. Click on the “view scores” for the specific date and test. Log in again using your username and password. Click on “Download Student Score Report” on the top right of the screen. The report that downloads is the report we need to upload to your application.

(International students who are applying for two- or three-week courses must submit TOEFL scores.) 

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.  

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

A recommender is:

  • Someone who can attest to your academic abilities, character, and/or ability to get along in a community setting (such as teacher or counselor)

  • Not a parent or family member.

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 will be sent to the recommender immediately after the student completes the recommendation form in the PORTAL. Be sure to follow-up with the recommender and if they did not receive email, ask the recommender to check their junk/spam folder.

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 and may delay your application process.

I am interested in Summer College or Emory Online (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 has commuter option only. 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.

  • Emory Online is an option for all students regardless of where you live.

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 the course to which you would like to apply. You do not have to start a new application.

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

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

Can I request an application fee waiver?

Application fee waivers are provided to returning students and students enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program. Guidance counselors must confirm a student's lunch program status by sending an email to

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.

Will participating in the Emory Pre-College Program help me get into Emory University as an undergraduate first-year or transfer student?

While Emory cannot guarantee program participants’ admission to Emory University for first-year or transfer admission, successful participation in a pre-college summer program may enhance a student’s portfolio for application to selective universities.

What should I do after being accepted into the program?

The next step is to pay the non-refundable $350 enrollment 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.

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

Login the PORTAL. 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.

I receive academic accommodations through my high school. Are my accommodations transferable to my course at Emory?

In order to receive accommodations, students must register with the Department of Accessibility Services 3-4 weeks prior to the class start date.

Can I switch classes after being enrolled?

A student may withdraw or change their credit course schedule only with permission and approval from the Summer Programs Director.

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.

Can Pre-College students schedule an admissions interview or schedule a tour of the campus? 

Emory does not conduct admissions interviews. Students and parents can schedule a virtual tour of the campus and attend an Admissions Information Session.


Will I need to buy textbooks?

Some courses require textbooks. Check the email used in your application in late May for the textbook list and other pertinent information.

How much do books and course materials cost?

Books and course materials range from no cost to a maximum of $50.

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 can I find the list of courses offered?

Review the list of Pre-College courses and Summer College courses

Can I miss a few days of my course due to other commitments?

In most cases we do not allow or advise students to miss any days. Please contact the Pre-College Program office ( to explain and discuss your circumstances.

Can a course get canceled due to low enrollment?

We reserve the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment. If a course is canceled, students will be notified via email and we will make every effort to place students in a comparable course.