Candler welcomes highly talented and diverse class

New students enjoy lunch during orientation.
New students enjoy lunch during orientation.

New students will come to Candler this year from all over the world. The entering class of 213 comes from 38 different states and 8 countries. From places in the United States like Georgia, Virginia, Washington, Connecticut, California, and many other states � as well as Canada, Germany, Zimbabwe, Korea, India, and other locations across the globe � our new students represent the best of those preparing for theological education. These students were selected among a large pool of diverse, well-qualified applicants. Candler's applications have increased by 7.5 percent over the last three years.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) class includes a number of students from the Southeastern U.S., as well as 43 percent from outside this region. Students of color, both U.S. ethnic minorities and international, represent 33 percent of the MDiv class including African Americans (26 percent) and Asians (7 percent). New international students represent over 12 percent of the class.

Orientation volunteers are ready to help.
Orientation volunteers are ready to help.

Receiving a record number of applications, this is the most selective class of Master of Theological Studies (MTS) students ever. Academically, the MTS students represent students at the top of their undergraduate programs. The MTS class earned an average GPA of 3.5 from notable institutions from across the country.

"Our incoming class brings with them significant depth academically as well as tremendous leadership skills from the communities from which they come to us. With all the resources available to them as a part of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, there is no doubt that these students will have a positive impact on our community and in transforming the church and world," said Rev. Shonda Jones, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. With this high-caliber incoming class, 78 percent will receive significant scholarship aid. Approximately 39 percent of the MDiv class will receive a scholarship covering full tuition or more.

In addition to demonstrated leadership and gifts for ministry, the MDiv class is well-poised for the academic rigor that takes place at Candler. Academically, the incoming class earned an average GPA of 3.2. They come from both public and private colleges and universities, and they are a distinguished group with experience as community volunteers, student pastors, artists, lawyers, doctors, civic leaders, musicians, and social activists.

New Student Profile

Official numbers will not be available until late September. However, the preliminary profile for all programs is as follows:

Candler is excited about the incoming class as we plan for a new academic year. Prospective students interested in programs at Candler should visit us at: http://www.candler.emory.edu/admissions/ or call 404.727.6326.