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Emerson College in Boston has exceptional programs in communications, visual and media arts, performing arts, journalism, marketing, political communication, sports communication, creative writing and writing, literature and publishing.

Emerson College is the only college in America dedicated exclusively to communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Established in 1880 as a small regional school of oratory, Emerson has evolved into a diverse, coeducational, and multifaceted institution that educates students to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts. Emerson is forward thinking, grounded in academic excellence, and committed to advancing the scholarship and creative work that brings innovation, depth, and diversity to those disciplines. Emerson has always been at the forefront of instruction in communications and the arts. Students are taking classes taught by industry professionals while engaging in hands-on projects to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

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Overview

Applicants
10,360
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

51%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
454
with Terminal Degree
267

243
Men
211
Women
61
Minority
12
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Marketing, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Journalism, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Political Communication.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Publishing.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
  • Sports Communication.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Theatre/Theater.
  • Writing.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Students Say

Emerson College boasts its “urban” Boston location as a solid locus for “networking and career-preparation,” including the “amazing alumni network,” lovingly referred to as the “Emerson Mafia.” In particular, “journalism, writing, film, marketing, and theater programs” are especially “strong,” and classes are “taught by industry professionals” who “never fail to enlighten.” Most of the classes are focused on job readiness: “You do work with actual organizations rather than discuss theories.” There are “impressive” facilities and resources, including “film and TV studio facilities and equipment” with broad “availability to students,” and “small class sizes with easy-to-reach professors, specific course material, and no meaningless busy work,” that “often work more like collaborations than lectures.” “We aren’t test takers at Emerson,” one student says, “so we don’t study. We create projects, videos, presentations, [and so on].” Professors are “passionate about the learning material,” and “are in constant discourse with the class,” “keen on showcasing global perspectives.” Emerson stresses “hands on activities, volunteer opportunities, real-time demonstrations, and frequent class discussions,” and classes “integrated with external organizations,” means students are often out in the community, “working with local nonprofits,” or navigating “creative opportunities through internships in the Boston area.” Emerson offers a “wealth of resources” on campus, including the “ArtsEmerson productions,” “Bright Lights Film series,” “Emerson Channel,” and the “EVVY Award” give “media creators” all the immersive experience they need to prepare for post-college professions. The study abroad trips are “phenomenal,” with students raving about trips to Cuba, Colombia, and the Netherlands.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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)

Vin Di Bona
Producer (America's Funniest Home Videos)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,963

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,004

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,717

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,793

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,016
Required Fees
$836
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$765

On-Campus Room and Board
$17,690
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,813
Foreign Countries Represented
60

Demographics

4.58%
Asian
3.08%
African-American
11.98%
Hispanic
65.49%
Caucasian
1.74%
Unknown
9.16%
International

59% female
41% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

The student body is described as “small, open-minded, artsy, but with a distinct student-athlete crowd.” Emerson students “usually enter the school with a career already in mind” with some having “prior experience.” It is “rare to find people who are undeclared.” Students describe Emerson as “an art school without the label,” attracting “creative forces” who are “ambitious, driven, and self-starters.” Students “can be a little pretentious and business oriented” and “casual conversations can sometimes feel like a networking event.” Yet others stress that their “peers are collaborative and kind,” with most “extremely kind and willing to work with each other.” Everybody is generally “open to new ideas and perspectives, very accepting and friendly,” and “all very committed to their art.” One student comments on diversity: “It’s a diverse campus in sexual and gender identity, however racial diversity is limited. There’s a range of interests, but the majority of students at Emerson are here to study some aspect of film, and so life is somewhat dominated by that.” The campus tends to be “pro-social justice,” with a “great activism community” that is “highly involved in Black Lives Matter,” “climate change,” and other hot-button political issues.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Students report that while Boston gives them everything they can hope for in terms of entertainment and culture, the on-campus extracurricular activities at Emerson “are innumerable and invaluable.” Emerson provides “enough resources that you can do pretty much anything you want to do”: clubs are “largely student run and provide a good amount of field experience for whatever it is you want to do.” The campus is located “right on the Boston Common,” so students enjoy “taking walks,” visiting museums, many with “free entry,” and trying out “lots of good food.” Many students “work part-time” in the city, and otherwise students “hang out in the common rooms,” “spend time working with a number of student organizations,” exploring “wonderful Common Park,” which is located close to campus. Other students like “watching NCAA games” or “attending interesting plays at the Emerson theatre.” “Emerson students are known to overcommit themselves to activities,” says one student. Another says, “It is not unusual to hear of students working on...several different shows and organizations while always taking challenging courses. Students, however, rarely complain that this affects the “quality of their lives or academic experience.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Diane Paxton

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

2% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lions)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Lions)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) Student Life is housed within the Division of Student Affairs, providing support services for GLBTQ students. The staff strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the GLBTQ community and their allies, recognizing that sexual orientation and gender expression work through and are influenced by race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, class, faith, ability status, and other social characteristics.

Minority Support Groups: Emerson College is committed to fostering a hospitable environment in which young men and women from different ethnic and racial backgrounds can face the challenges of academic and professional life in an ever-changing world. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs stands as a testament to this commitment by providing a wide range of support services including programming, student organizations, and a gathering place specially designed for its multicultural students.

Sustainability

99/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
18%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
617-824-8600

Email
admission@emerson.edu

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
617-824-8600

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday-Friday, some Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@emerson.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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 104 Boylston Street. 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 104 Boylston Street. 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 104 Boylston Street.

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 Revere Hotel Boston (200 Stuart Street, 617-482-1800). Additional 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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