A legacy family.

How does legacy admission work?

Admission Information Session for Alumni Families

Saturday, September 24

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The college application process can be intimidating. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is here to help, whether you have a child applying for college this year, are scoping out options for the down the road, or are simply curious to learn more about highly selective college admission. This program is open to alumni visiting campus for Homecoming Weekend, and will include an information session with details about the admission and financial aid processes, a reception with light fare, and an optional campus tour.

Advance registration is needed to confirm your participation.


What constitutes legacy status?

In the admission-review process, “legacy” status is for applicants whose immediate relatives have graduated or are currently enrolled in an academic division of Emory University. This includes grandparents, parents, and siblings. Additional family connections (such as uncles, aunts, or cousins) will be tracked by the Office of Undergraduate Admission but do not constitute legacy status.

Do alumni children get special consideration during the admission process?

The undergraduate admission office values the legacy connections of applicants and encourages students to detail their university ties accurately on their applications. The admission staff and Emory Alumni Association (EAA) work closely to document legacy applicants through the admission-review process. During the initial application review, an applicant's legacy status is noted on the review sheet and admission evaluators are instructed to consider the affiliation. In addition, during the committee-review process, there is a separate committee that does an additional review of legacy applicants. Finally, the deans of admission for Emory College and Oxford College closely monitor legacy decisions throughout the entire process.

Legacy families are celebrated with a special medallion at commencement.
Is legacy status an indicator of admission?

Emory University seeks an academically outstanding class every year, so objective information such as curriculum, grades, and test scores is important. In addition, personal attributes, a student's engagement in his or her community, and intellectual curiosity are key factors. This is why the admission-selection process is described as comprehensive and holistic, taking into account a wide range of factors. A legacy connection is considered as part of a student’s application, but it is no way  a guarantee of admission in the highly selective pool of applicants.

How do I alert the admission office to my Emory ties?

A student applies to Emory College and Oxford College by using the online Common Application. When completing the "Family" section of the Common Application, a student will list the educational history of his or her parents. This is one way the Admission Committee learns of legacy ties to any division of Emory University. In addition, through the Emory "Member's Page" of the Common Application, additional family connection questions are asked. Once again, a legacy applicant is encouraged to detail any and all ties to Emory.

Signature Programming for Legacy Families

Emory University and the EAA offer many programs for legacy families.

Helpful Links:

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