From the School

Founded in 1880, Emerson is one of the premier colleges in the United States for the study of communication and the arts. Students may choose from more than two-dozen undergraduate and graduate programs supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a nationally renowned faculty. The campus is home to WERS-FM, the first noncommercial broadcaster in Boston; the historic 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre; and Ploughshares, the award-winning literary journal for new writing. Emerson has always been at the forefront of instruction in communications and the arts. The College established one of the country's first programs in children's theatre in 1919 as well as an undergraduate program in broadcasting in 1937. Professional-level training in speech pathology and audiology was inaugurated in 1935, educational FM radio in 1949, closed circuit television in 1955, and a BFA degree in film as early as 1972. In 1980, the College created the country's first graduate program in professional writing and publishing. Today, Emerson's undergraduate and graduate students come from across the United States and 50 countries.


From The School

Emerson College accepts the Common Application and requires an application supplement. Admission is competitive. We look for students who present academic promise in their secondary school record, recommendations, and writing competency, as well as personal qualities as seen in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership. Successful candidates typically have four years of English and three years each of mathematics, science, social science, and foreign language. The application deadline for September admission is January 5 (Early Action, November 1) and for January admission it is November 1. Transfer applicants should apply by March 1 (for September) or November 1 (for January). Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus. Tours and information sessions may be scheduled online at or by contacting the Admission Visitor Center at 617-824-8600 or


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 670
SAT Math
540 - 640
ACT Composite
24 - 29


January 5

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Academic Programs

Emerson is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and operates on a two-semester calendar. Graduation requirements combine general education and liberal arts courses with advanced, specialized classes that are specific to individual departments and academic programs. Internships for academic credit are available in every major and the College's Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies offers first-year seminars, independent study options, and innovative courses that cut across academic disciplines. Students can also study abroad or register for classes with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Emerson offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs in communications and the arts. A Bachelor's Degree (BA, BS, or BFA) can be earned in more than a dozen programs including: Acting, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communication Studies, Marketing Communication: Advertising & Public Relations, Media Production (animation and motion media, digital post-production, film, interactive media, radio, sound design, studio television production, writing for film and television), Media Studies, Musical Theatre, Political Communication, Print & Multimedia Journalism, Stage/Production Management, Theatre Design/Technology, Theatre Education, Theatre Studies, and Writing, Literature & Publishing. Students can also minor in a number of academic areas, such as dance, entrepreneurship, fiction, hearing and deafness, history, literature, management, music appreciation, philosophy, photography, poetry, political science, psychology, publishing, sociology, and women's and gender studies.

Students Say

“Perfectly situated in the heart of Boston,” Emerson’s campus sits “in close proximity to a plethora of other academic institutions and culture.” Emerson is “the number one school for film/television/media production.” The combination of a “very active” alumni network and plentiful “industry connections” greatly help students in their post-college careers. Emerson fosters a “creative atmosphere” where people have “passion for [their] craft” and “strive to do their best.” As one student puts it, “Emerson is a specialized school for people who are passionate and know exactly what they want to do with that passion.” The faculty and students are “creative and professional,” and the experience of attending Emerson “is like a mini version of what the film industry or the business world looks like.” In general, “the facilities are awesome, especially the TV studios.” However, the most common complaint was the state of the dining facilities, with feedback ranging from “not very good” to “makes me feel sick every time.” Students also wish there were “more study abroad programs.” Academics are “very hands-on rather than learning theory.” The professors “are knowledgeable and passionate about their crafts,” and have plenty of experience “working in their field of study.” As with any school, “professors obviously vary depending on the subject,” however, the school’s size makes it “pretty easy to avoid the bad professors just through word of mouth.” Overall, “Emerson is an inclusive, accepting, and progressive school that fosters creativity and provides a positive environment to learn and grow.” As one happy student declares, “Emerson College is the greatest decision I have ever made!”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Doctoral Other

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Jay Leno
Entertainer (Tonight Show)

Henry Winkler
Actor, Director, Producer

Kevin Bright
Producer, Writer (Friends)

Bobbi Brown
Makeup/Cosmetics Entrepreneur

Denis Leary
Comedian, Author, Actor (Rescue Me)

Max Mutchnick
Producer, Writer (Will and Grace)

Morton Dean
Correspondent (ABC News)


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Basic expenses related to attending Emerson for the 2009-2010 academic year are $29,408 (tuition) and $12,280 (double room and board). An additional $3,500 should be allocated for books, supplies, and personal expenses, including travel.

Financial Aid

We know that a college education is a significant investment for many families and we want to be sure our students receive the best value for their dollar. Many of our families have discovered that with proper options, the cost of Emerson College is within reach. As an Emerson student, the Office of Student Financial Services will make every effort to help you finance the cost of your education. We offer several types of financial assistance programs: need-based grants, employment, low-interest loans, merit scholarships, and alternative payment plans to help make an Emerson education possible. Each year, approximately two-thirds of our students receive some form of financial assistance. The College makes every effort to help students finance their education and provides need-based support packaged in awards that typically combine grant and scholarship, loan, and college work-study aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE forms. Deadlines are important. More information can be found online at or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-824-8655 or


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Student life at Emerson revolves around the more than 60 student-run organizations. These include a range of media outlets (audio, digital, film, print, and video), performance groups, service clubs, spiritual and cultural organizations, non-residential fraternities and sororities, professional societies, and intercollegiate and recreational athletics. Emerson students also take advantage of the campus' location in Boston one the country's best college towns. Specific organizations on campus include: Amigos (Latino students organization), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), The Berkley Beacon (newspaper), Communication, Politics & Law Association, Digital Images (photo magazine), EAGLE (Emerson Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Everyone), Emersive (digital media organization), Emerson Channel (television), Emerson Comedy Workshop, EmComm (student-run marketing and PR group), EBONI (Emerson Black Organization with Natural Interests), Emerson Dance Team, Emerson Independent Video, Emerson Records, EI-Emerson International, Emersonian (yearbook), Frames Per Second (film club), Gangsters In Concrete (publication), Gauge (contemporary magazine), ASLEmerson (sign language performers), Hillel, Musical Theatre Society, National Broadcasting Association (student chapter), NSSLHA, Newman Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Radio-Television News Directors Association, spec. (screenwriters club), Warlords (film and animation group), Undergraduate Writers Network, and WERS and WECB broadcasting stations.

Students Say

Emerson students are “creative, innovative, friendly, and passionate.” Although students say racial diversity could be improved, the school is “very LGBTQ friendly” and has a “large LGBT community.” The most common word used to describe students was “hipster,” specifically “hipsters who have a love affair with cigarettes and black coffee.” This can make some non-hipster students feel “out of place,” but most students “are friendly and are very open-minded.” There is also a strong “nerdy” vibe to campus. “I have not met anybody who hates Doctor Who,” one student says. Another describes the student body as “artsy, nerdy, funny, weird, cool, hipster, chill, creative, smart... the list is endless. We all fit in.” Despite the “very artsy” student body and general “liberal” views, students can be “apathetic and uninformed when it comes to politics.” One thing is for sure though, the students at Emerson “work hard.” A visual media arts major even declares them “the most dedicated and ambitious students of all time.” Since “everyone here does cool things,” when you attend Emerson your creative sparks fly and “you too will begin to do cool things.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


60% female
40% male
75% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time


From The School


Boston is one of America's favorite college towns and the city offers students a wide variety of diversions ranging from scenic harbor cruises and Boston Pops concerts to baseball's Fenway Park and legendary Boston Marathon. Emerson's campus is located right on Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, within sight of the Massachusetts State House and walking distance from the historic Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, Chinatown, and numerous restaurants and museums. The "T" (Boston's historic subway/street trolley system) stops at Emerson's front door and provides convenient access to citywide destinations. There are more than 60 student organizations and performance groups, 15 NCAA teams, student publications, and honor societies. More than half of the students are housed on-campus, some in special learning communities such as the Writers' Block, Film Immersion Community, and Digital Culture Floor. All the residence halls are air-conditioned and wired for cable television and Internet access. There is also a fitness center, athletic field, and new gymnasium and campus center.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Emerson has the highest quality visual and media arts equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio post-production suites, industry standard software, and a professional marketing research suite. There are seven on-campus programs to observe speech and hearing therapy, an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists, and an 11-story performance and production center housing a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop. All of Emerson's residence halls are air-conditioned and wired for cable television and Internet access. The College's Paramount Center opened in 2010 and includes a 560-seat theater, black box, scene shop, film screening room, and sound stage.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Internships are popular with Emerson students and hundreds of placements exist throughout Boston and in major cities across the country, including exclusive placements at the College's Los Angeles Center (a residential study and internship program). Emerson also sponsors a semester in Washington, D.C. and study abroad programs in The Netherlands (at a restored 14th Century castle), Taiwan (at Shih Hsin University), and the Czech Republic (a summer film program in Prague). In addition, students can cross-registration for courses with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium (Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural College, Boston Conservatory, Emerson, Massachusetts College of Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts).

Student Organizations & Activities

Emerson has the highest quality visual and media arts equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio post-production suites, industry standard software, and a professional marketing research suite. There are seven on-campus programs to observe speech and hearing therapy, an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists, and an 11-story performance and production center housing a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop. All of Emerson's residence halls are air-conditioned and wired for cable television and Internet access. The College's Paramount Center opened in 2010 and includes a 560-seat theater, black box, scene shop, film screening room, and sound stage.

Students Say

Emerson does not have a “normal campus where kids walk around in their pjs.” Students here are constantly active. “Life at school is a combination of running to classes, running to projects, and running to clubs,” one student reports. “No matter what your major is, there’s an abundance of extracurricular opportunities” and the “clubs and organizations are awesome and incredibly professional.” The college puts on “a lot of activities on weekends on campus,” and students here are “very social beings and love to get involved in everything from summer internships to student orgs to the Quidditch World Cup team.” Due to Emerson’s “extremely strict rules regarding drugs and alcohol,” “you have to take a train to get to any parties.” Luckily, “Emerson is right in the middle of Boston” providing “many opportunities to experience the real world, see live music, study in the park, go to a free movie pre-screening, eat out, [or] explore new neighborhoods.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services Office

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Diane Paxton

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Students typically supply documentation recommended by ETS (Educational Testing Service), for example, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time




Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lions)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Lions)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Life serves as a resource for the campus community. Student organizations, such as EAGLE (Emerson Association for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone) provide support and facilitate social, educational, and cultural activities.

Minority Support Groups: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs serves as a resource for the campus community. Student organizations, such as Amigos (Latino students club), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), and EBONI (Emerson's Black Organization with Natural Interests) provide support and facilitate social, educational, and cultural activities.


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Harvard University Technology Product Center; Apple and Dell Direct; Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Paul Mills
Assistant Director of Admission

Office of Undergraduate Admission
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
WERS-FM (Boston's oldest public radio)
Historic Cutler Majestic Theatre
Tufte Performance and Production Center
Journalism's Integrated Digital Newsroom
Piano Row Residence Hall/College Center
Newly renovated Colonial Theatre (upper floors are residence space) and Paramount Center (housing students as well as a 600-seat theater, scene shop, sound stage, and film screening room).

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Massachusetts State House
Freedom Trail; USS Constitution
Boston Public Garden, Swan Boat rides
Red Sox baseball at Fenway Park
Newbury Street Shopping District
Boston is one of the country's best college towns and the Emerson campus is located right in the heart of the city's Theatre District. Many of Boston's cultural and historic sites are nearby or easily reached by subway, which stops at Emerson's front door.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday by appointment
9:00 am-5:00 pm EST

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday-Friday, some Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Emerson College occupies several buildings at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont Streets on Boston Common. The Admission Visitor Center is located at 10 Boylston Place; a pedestrian walkway between 120 and 132 Boylston Street identified by a black iron gateway. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Emerson College is located at Boylston Station on the Green Line subway. BY PLANE: From Logan International Airport, board the Massport Shuttle Bus to the subway. Take the Blue Line inbound to Government Center Station and transfer to the Green Line heading toward Boylston Station. BY TRAIN: Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rails originating from the west and south of the city arrive at Boston's South Station. Transfer to the Red Line subway inbound to Park Street Station and transfer to the Green Line heading toward Boylston Station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Street parking is extremely limited and we recommended that visitors use one of several nearby parking facilities and walk to the Emerson campus and Admission Visitor Center at 10 Boylston Place. The Boston Common Parking Garage is located at Zero Charles Street, the Motor Mart and Radisson Hotel Parking Garages (201 and 200 Stuart Street). FROM I-95/US 1/ROUTE 3: Follow signs to Boston via Interstate 93. Take Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/Cambridge) and proceed to the Copley/Back Bay exit (on the left). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left at the traffic signal onto Beacon Street then a quick right onto Arlington Street. Follow Arlington alongside the Boston Public Garden to the fifth traffic light and turn left onto Stuart Street (see below*). FROM I-90 (MASS PIKE): Take Exit 22--Prudential/Copley Square. Stay in the right lane for Copley Square (it comes up quickly!) and continue straight onto Stuart Street (see below*). *ON STUART STREET you will pass the Motor Mart and Ramada Hotel parking garages. If you choose to continue or find these garages full, turn left at the next traffic light onto Charles Street and proceed to the Boston Common parking garage (on thr right). We recommend you park at one of these facilities and walk to the Admission Visitor Center at 10 Boylston Place.

Local Accommodations
Emerson is located in the heart of Boston's Theatre District and a variety of hotels are close to the campus including: the Park Plaza Hotel (64 Arlington Street, 800-225-2008); Courtyard by Marriott Tremont Hotel (275 Tremont Street, 800-321-2211); Hyatt Regency (1 Avenue deLafayette, 617-451-2600); and Radisson Hotel Boston (200 Stuart Street, 617-482-1800). More expensive options include the Four Seasons Hotel (200 Boylston Street, 617-338-4400) and Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Hotel (10 Avery Street, 617-574-7100).
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