Emerson's campus is located across from historic Boston Common in the heart of the city's thriving Theatre District, and offers multiple theaters, television and film studios, and cutting-edge technical facilities for students. Emerson's connection with Boston's media, theater, and arts industries, as well as government, hospitals, and businesses, provides many opportunities for student internships and professional growth.
Emerson is home to 14 varsity sport teams, and over 80 student organizations including performance groups, student publications, and honor societies. More than half of the students are housed on-campus, some in learning communities such as the Writers' Block, Film Immersion Community, and Digital Culture Floor.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Emerson has the highest quality equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio post-production suites, industry standard software, a professional marketing research suite, and an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists. Additionally, an 11-story performance and production center houses a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop. The College's Paramount Center opened in 2010 and includes a 560-seat theater, black box, scene shop, film screening room, and sound stage. Emerson is also home to the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which provides evaluation and treatment for children and adults with communication challenges and serves as the primary clinical training facility for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Internships are popular with Emerson students and hundreds of opportunities exist throughout Boston and in major cities across the country, including exclusive placements at in Los Angeles, home to Emerson's residential study and internship program.
Emerson's relationship with Los Angeles is long-standing, but Emerson Los Angeles (ELA) is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that houses classrooms, residential space, faculty offices, an auditorium, screening room, event spaces, studios and more. It solidifies Emerson's commitment to their Los Angeles program and to creating opportunities for students and alumni on the west coast. The internship program enrolls approximately 200 students, mostly seniors, during the fall and spring semesters. Emerson students who participate in the ELA program gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their chosen fields before launching their post-graduate lives on the west coast.
In addition to ELA, Emerson owns a restored 14th-century medieval castle, Kasteel Well, which is home to their semester abroad program in The Netherlands. The castle is a national historical monument that provides living accommodations, classrooms, a resource center, and related facilities. Emerson also sponsors a semester in Washington, D.C. and, Beijing (at Communication University of China University), along with summer programs in Prague, Salzburg, and Greece.
Student Organizations & Activities
In addition to the myriad of activities and events in Boston, student life at Emerson revolves around the more than 80 student-run organizations. These include radio stations, TV networks, publications, performance groups, service clubs, spiritual and cultural organizations, non-residential fraternities and sororities, professional societies, and intercollegiate and recreational athletics. Information about the specific organizations on campus can be found at http://www.emerson.edu/student-life/activities-organizations
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.”