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Emory Classics Gateway

In the summer of 2022, Emory University's Department of Classics launched the Emory Classics Gateway. This program provided funding for four students with an interest in Classics to attend Emory's Pre-College Summer Program for a two-week residential experience as rising juniors and seniors.

The program aims to support students traditionally underrepresented in the study of the ancient world. The Emory Classics Gateway strives to expand access to Emory and to foster an interest in Classics for students from diverse backgrounds. A long-term goal of the program is to increase the diversity of students committed to the pursuit of undergraduate and graduate study in Classics, at Emory and at institutions throughout the US. Our inaugural competition is open to students from a select group of partner public high schools in the greater metro-Atlanta area.


In order to apply for the 2023 program, students must:

  • Be a rising junior or senior at a partner high school in the Atlanta-area (for the 2022-23 academic year)
  • Have taken at least one course in high school related to the study of Latin, Classics, or the ancient world

Deadline for Summer 2023 Program

  • March 31, 2023

Application Requirements

  • Application form.
  • High school transcript (unofficial copies are accepted) 
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher (send directly to Dr. Emily Master)
  • An essay in response to application prompt

To Apply Click Here

Partner High Schools 2022-23:

  • Atlanta Classical Academy
  • Decatur High School
  • Grayson High School
  • Midtown High School
  • Parkview High School

If you are a teacher or administrator from an Atlanta-area school interested in becoming a partner high school, please contact the program coordinator, Emily Master (

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


Essay Guidelines

Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create a kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’, August 1963.

In a course on Greek religion at Crozer Seminary in 1949, Dr. Martin Luther King read Plato’s Crito and Apology, works that introduced him to the figure of Plato’s teacher Socrates. In his famous ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ in 1963, King drew heavily on his reading of Plato to advocate for the importance of non-violent demonstration.

In a brief essay, explain what influence the ancient world has had on you and your education. How has your study of Classical language and/or culture affected your knowledge of and beliefs about the world around you?