July 17, 2020

Student Experience

Building meaningful relationships with fellow students and faculty is central to Emory’s student experience. Delivering on our commitment to academic excellence while keeping our community as safe as possible will certainly change the way we connect this fall.

However, we have no doubt that students will build community – whether it’s by connecting in their halls or engaging through virtual opportunities.


We’ve created interactive channels such as the Emory Virtual Community Hub and Orgsync/Campus Labs to link you with fellow students, programs and activities, share your interests, and expand your communities. Please be sure to check these hubs often for updates.

We plan to have several dining units open on campus, including, but not limited to: the Dobbs Common Table, Cox Hall, coffee shops, the café at the SAAC, and the Emporium at the Emory Student Center. While dining locations will be take-out only, look out for new outdoor seating and shading throughout campus as an ideal place to enjoy meals.


We know campus will look a little different this semester, and we are so proud of Emory’s community spirit in adapting to these changes.

We hope to make this a time of strong communication and connection. Please bookmark these Campus Life: Fall 2020 pages (http://campuslife.emory.edu/reopen/index.html) for updates!


 Updated August 21, 2020

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Campus Experience FAQs


Fall Forward: Ways to Engage @ Emory

Life in Residence Halls

Yes. All first-year students will be assigned housing on the main part of campus, in what are traditionally first- or second-year buildings. (7/20)
No, only residents of a residence hall will be allowed to be within that residence hall. (7/20)
Yes, you may visit with those that live within your own hall, between floors. Please continue to follow physical distancing guidelines while visiting. (7/20)
Yes. Signage in these areas (study lounges, common areas) will indicate capacity and remind you about health and safey precautions. (7/20)
It depends on the residence hall. Individual residence hall floor plans may be accessed on the Housing website. (Most residence halls have communal restrooms. All of Woodruff Residential Center has suite-style rooms (two rooms with an adjoining bath.) A few residence halls have select suite-style rooms.) (7/20)
Students who live in suite-style rooms with private baths are responsible for cleaning their own suites. (7/20)
We typically have a no-car policy for first-year students, but you can request an exemption through the Parking and Transportation office here(7/20)
Each hall is staffed by tremendous Resident Advisors (RAs) and, if in a first-year building, Sophomore Advisors (SAs) who will help build great community. (7/20)

Programming by University Departments

Many campus offices are working on recommendations and programs that will continue to encourage community building for all students. Particularly for first-year students, the office of New Student Programs is developing programming that will foster community through a modified Orientation, PACE, and first-year seminars. Residence halls will also be particularly important for establishing and maintaining social connections with other students; they will all be staffed by Resident Advisors (RAs) and other staff to support the first-year students. Don't forget to keep checking the Emory Virtual Community Hub and Orgsync/Campus Labs for opportunities to find and expand your communities. (7/17)
Offices within Campus Life, including those in Belonging and Community Justice like the Office of LGBT Life, Center for Women, and Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) will continue to host discussion groups, educational and social programming, and advising appointments, although most of these activities will likely be held online. (6/22)
The office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) has been offering virtual programming and resources since classes went online in the spring. You are encouraged to visit their website and the Emory Virtual Community Hub for current offerings and up-to-date information on OSRL's plans for fall. (6/22)
The Career Center plans to have a full recruiting season in the fall but will take a lot of events and activities virtual. The Fall Career Fair will be held via Handshake on September 10. Employers will be posting jobs and scheduling interviews via Handshake as well. All interviews will be conducted virtually, but the Career Center will make interview rooms available by reservation if you wish to have a private space in which to conduct a virtual interview. Keep checking Handshake for up-to-date job and internship postings, employer info sessions, and more Career Center programming. (6/22)

Orientation and New Student Programs

Yes, Emory plans to hold virtual Orientation activities for both incoming and transfer students this year. More information including dates for and structure of Orientation may be accessed here. (7/17)
Due to safety guidelines related to COVID-19, Pre-Orientation Programs will not be offered in-person this August. Some Pre-Orientation programs will be hosted virtually, while others are unfortunately canceled. For more information on specific pre-Orientation programs, visit http://college.emory.edu/orientation/orientation/pre-orientation/index.html. (6/22)
We are proud of our traditions and have made efforts to reimagine ways to maintain these traditions safely and while physical distancing. For instance, President-elect Fenves will be (coke) toasting the beginning of the school year during virtual orientation. Residence Life staff is working on a plan for Songfest. (7/20)

Campus Facilities and Resources

We plan to have several dining units open on campus, including, but not limited to, the Dobbs Common Table, Cox Hall, coffee shops, the café at the SAAC, and the Emporium at the Student Center. Dining locations will be take-out only, but look out for new outdoor seating and shading throughout campus as an ideal place to enjoy a meal. (7/17)
Yes. All of our residence halls have common interior and exterior spaces that our staff will utilize to create programming experiences for residents that appropriately account for physical distancing. (7/17)
This will vary building by building and space by space, depending on the size of the lounge. (7/17)
The bookstore will be open with abbreviated hours that are yet to be determined. We will publish those once we have them. (7/20)

Before any student can come on campus, they will need to go through the campus onboarding process (including being tested for COVID-19). Once complete, they may have access to academic facilities, such as classrooms or the library, on a limited basis. 

However, off-campus students would not be incorporated into activities arranged by residence life staff, and they will be asked to keep their physical presence on campus to a minimum. (7/20)

Student Clubs and Organizations

All undergraduate and graduate student clubs and activities, including fraternities and sororities, will be held virtually for the fall semester. Off campus events will not be allowed and travel associated with student groups will be prohibited. Campus Life will be working with these organizations to ensure they continue to thrive during the fall semester and that all students have access to the Emory community. (7/17)

Varsity Athletics, Club Sports, and Recreation

No, Emory will not have varsity athletics competitions or athletically-related activities for any program during the fall semester. Please visit the Emory Athletics site for more information. (7/17)
Emory University’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of our community is at the forefront of our decision-making process. As such, the Woodruff P.E. Center and Student Activity and Academic Center remain closed at this time.  Additional plans and details will be shared as it becomes available. (8/21)
Yes! Register now with your Emory University NetID and password at https://IMLeagues.com/emory/intramurals for our free Fall intramural sports! The Fall schedule includes fantasy football, FIFA20, Rocket League, Trivia, iMessage games, and a virtual 5K! For questions, please email Matt Urbanczyk at murbanc@emory.edu. (8/21)
Yes! Group fitness classes will be offered September 8 – November 22, 2020 via Zoom for Emory students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required: https://IMLeagues.com/emory/fitness. Select recorded class content will be posted to RecWell’s YouTube account. For more information, visit http://recwell.emory.edu

Personal trainers are also available for virtual consultations and training. Visit http://recwell.emory.edu/programs/personal-training.html for more information.

The fall semester schedule of clinics, an adventure challenge, and virtual special eventshttp://recwell.emory.edu

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