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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.

Student Body

The student body is described as “small, open-minded, artsy, but with a distinct studentathlete 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.

Campus Life

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.”

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Campus Visits Contact

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



Experience College Life

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
9:00 am-5:00 pm EST

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

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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

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Class Visits

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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 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
Revere Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton, MidTown Hotel Boston, Fairmont Copley Plaza, The Revolution Hotel, Marriott Courtyard Boston Downtown


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