What's Ignite Leadership?

Ignite Leadership is a 4-day pre-orientation program hosted by Oxford College and Emory College. The program is designed to provide a cohort of incoming first-year students with opportunities to become acclimated to Oxford College, Emory College, and surrounding Atlanta communities. Through both large and small group presentations and activities, incoming first-year students learn more about what it means to participate in the process of leadership as Emory students. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to build a sense of community and engage with faculty, staff, and student leaders before orientation begins. All participants are placed into small cohorts led by upper-division student mentors. Through engaging events, activities, and cohort meetings, participants explore ways to engage in involvement and leadership opportunities at Emory.

ignite 2019 group
When is the program?

  • August 17th - August 20th*
  • Ignite participants will move-in early on August 17th between 8:00AM and 4:00PM
  • Official programming will begin at 4:00PM on August 17th
  • Once fully registered, participants will receive more information from Emory Housing regarding move-in

*A note for Oxford students: August 20th will include optional Atlanta excursions that will take place before required orientation programming begins.

How do I register?

  • All first-year students are eligible to participate, unless participating in another pre-orientation program.
  • Registration will open June 1, 2021 and is first-come, first-served. It will remain open until all spots are filled.
  • Registration is a two-step process:
    • Step 1: Submit an interest form (opens June 1st) 
    • Step 2: You will be contacted after you submit an interest form with payment, registration, and/or financial assistance information.
  • If the program is already at maximum capacity, we will contact to let you know that you have been added to the waitlist.
  • Registration is $200 - this includes all meals and activities after move-in.
    • All participants are invited to attend optional Atlanta excursions to visit museums and attractions. The optional excursions are an additional $25 (includes all excursions).
    • Financial aid is available and will cover the entire program cost for eligible students.

Ready to register? Great! Submit an Interest Form.


Click the image below to check out our Highlight Video for the inaugural 2019 Ignite Leadership!

Ignite 2019 Highlight Video