At Emory University, we pride ourselves on the mixture of people,beliefs, values, and social circles that make up our campus community. Diversity is multidimensional, leading to a community composed not only of different ethnicities, races, and religions, but also different social backgrounds, geographic locations, and life experiences.
As we shape an incoming class, we look for students who will build upon the campus’ already rich landscape. This is not always easy. High-achieving students come from all family back- grounds as well as from both rural and urban communities. Many student populations are underrepresented or come from families unfamiliar with the college search and application process and who have little access to resources to help them.
Through strategic initiatives, we seek to provide students of all backgrounds many opportunities to experience Emory’s campus and student body, learn about our rigorous programs, and successfully enroll upon admission.
QuestBridge (questbridge.org) is a national non-profit organization connecting the nation’s brightest, underserved students with leading higher education institutions. They aim to increase the percentage of low-in-come students attending the nation’s best universities, and Emory University is one of 37 partner institutions for their College Match program.
This year Emory received 1,708 QuestBridge admission applications (up from 1,431 last year) and ultimately narrowed that list down to those students who will become part of the Emory Class of 2020. Last year nearly a hundred QuestBridge applicants did so. Additionally, six QuestBridge Scholars were selected to join the Class of 2020.
In July 2015, Emory also hosted a QuestBridge Conference, welcoming approximately 200 students and their families from across the nation. The role of the conference was to educate guests on the QuestBridge application process as well as introduce them to each of the (then) 36 partner universities. Hosting the conference allowed us to showcase the university and introduce families to the opportunities of Atlanta as well. Emory has recently been selected to host another Quest- Bridge Conference in the summer of 2017, and the Office of Admission welcomes this great opportunity!
Essence is a fly-in program held in the spring for admitted African American and Latino students. Typically these students have been admitted to several selective universities from across the country. This year approximately 100 students will spend two nights and three days experiencing residence halls, engaging with current students, and exploring campus. The program will take place April 14 to 16.
CORE (http://coalitionforcollegeaccess.org) was first held in the fall of 2014 for high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college applicants and/or from underrepresented or low socioeconomic backgrounds. This year 60 students were selected to participate in the fly-in program (up from 55 last year). Arriving from across the nation for three days and two nights, students sat in on class faculty lectures, participated in campus life, and learned about the application and financial aid processes. We also hosted a COREtural Night, where a wide variety of individual students and diversity- focused clubs performed, showcasing the wide range of what diversity means at Emory.
In an unprecedented move, a group of over 90 diverse public and private colleges and universities have formed a partnership to reframe the college application process, starting with the Class of 2021. Current Coalition schools include Emory, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Ohio, State, Michigan, Princeton, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt, just to name a few.
The Coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the college application experience as well as allow students to curate a “locker” of their academic and non-academic accomplishments. The Coalition seeks to put the student first, promote access to underserved populations, and innovate the college application process for students and their families.
The first iteration of the Coalition platform will go live in April 2016. Beginning in fall 2016, Emory University will accept the new Coalition Application and continue to accept the Common Application and the QuestBridge Application.
Each of these programs and platforms is designed to provide students with hands-on, true-to-life college experiences as well as provide the tools they need to succeed in the college application process. Our desire is to build a relationship with each student and help coach them through what otherwise may be seen as an overwhelming endeavor—applying to a rigorous institution like Emory. Each year we see many unique students enroll as a result of these initiatives, and we look forward to seeing what the Emory Class of 2020 will bring.
– Lisa Coetzee, Communications Manger
Reprinted with permission from The Admission Review
Emory QuestBridge Scholars
Six outstanding students were selected as QuestBridge Scholars in December 2015, becoming the very first members of the Class of 2020. Along with being strong academically, these students are also actively involved in their high schools and communities. The QuestBridge Scholars will will join the Emory community this fall and begin to make their mark both inside and outside the classroom. Here’s what a few of the students had to say.
Intended Major: Nursing
Dream Job: Not sure yet.
My proudest moment so far is getting accepted to Emory! (It sounds a little cliche, but I’m serious!) I’m also really proud of being accepted, as a sophomore, to the Arizona All State Choir. I was so excited because I had worked so hard on preparing my audition. It was a fantastic experience
Intended Major: Nursing
Dream Job: Chief Nursing Officer
My proudest academic achievement thus far was attending the North Carolina Governor’s School, a highly-selective summer residential academic program for the elite students of the state, the oldest of its kind in the U.S. I’ve also been selected as a principal dancer at Gaston Dance Theatre, performing lead roles in shows such as The Nutcracker, West Side Story, and Wicked.