Oxford extends application deadlines

OXFORD — Students interested in applying to Oxford College now have a little while longer to do so.

Originally, students applying to the college for the regular decision admission plan were required to submit their online application or postmark their hard copy application by Jan. 15.

However, due to last week's snow and ice storm that forced Oxford College and Emory University to close campuses for much of the week, college officials decided to push forward the application deadline for incoming students.

Now students have until Feb. 1 to complete their applications.

"We realize this winter weather has affected most of the nation, leading to school closings, power outages and issues with the processing of electronic documents," said Jennie Taylor, dean of admissions at Oxford College.

More information about application requirements and the application review process is available on the Oxford College Web site, www.oxford.emory.edu.

Admission decisions for students who applied in Oxford College's Early Action round were released online last month.

Students can retrieve their decision online by logging into their OPUS account, which is accessible through the Oxford College Web site.

Decisions are available for all students with complete files and will be one of three decisions: admit, defer or deny.

Deferred students are asked to submit additional grades and/or test scores for consideration in Oxford's Regular Decision pool.

Also, students who did not complete their file in time to be reviewed in the Early Action round will automatically be enrolled into the Regular Decision round and will have an opportunity to complete their file then.

A hard copy of the decision also will be mailed to students' home addresses.

Currently, about 850 students are enrolled at Oxford College. This past school year, 3,873 students applied to the college, and enrollment increased about 13 percent this year.

The average SAT score of entering students this year was between 1690 and 2040, and the average ACT score was between 25 and 29.

The average GPA of the entering class was 3.5. And 56 students received four-year scholarships, which range from half tuition to full tuition, room, board and fees for all four years of an Emory education; and 126 received two-year scholarships, which range from $6,500 to $8,000.

Some other colleges around the state also extended application, registration and payment deadlines for prospective and current students due to severe weather conditions.