From the School

Emerson College in Boston has exceptional programs in communications, visual and media arts, performing arts, journalism, marketing, political communication, 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.


From The School

Emerson College accepts the Common Application or our Emerson Application and requires an application supplement. Admission is competitive. The college looks 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. Beginning in 2018, Emerson will become a test optional institution. Applicants may choose not to submit SAT and/or ACT scores unless they feel as though it assists in the review of their application.

Successful candidates typically have four years of English and three years each of mathematics, science, social science, and three years of a single foreign language. The application deadline for September admission is January 15 (Early Action, November 1), and for January admission it is November 1. Transfer applicants should apply by March 15 for September admission, or by November 1 for January admission.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus. Tours and information sessions may be scheduled online at or by contacting the Admission Office 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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 670

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required


Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 5

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Emerson offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs in communications and the arts. All undergraduate students take part in a robust curriculum including 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 to juniors and seniors, 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. In addition, students can cross-register for courses with the six-member 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).

Majors and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, depending on which major they select. More than 20 majors are available throughout the departments of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, Marketing Communication, Performing Arts, Visual & Media Arts, Writing, Literature & Publishing and Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies. Students can also minor in several areas, including business, comedy, dance, entrepreneurship, fiction, hearing and deafness, history, literature, music appreciation, philosophy, photography, poetry, political science, publishing, psychology, radio, sociology, and women's and gender studies.

Emerson is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and operates on a two-semester calendar.

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



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


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


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


  • 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, General.


  • American Sign Language (ASL).


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


  • Theatre/Theater.
  • Writing.


  • 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

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!"



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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)

Morton Dean
Correspondent (ABC News)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Basic expenses related to attending Emerson for the 2016-2017 academic year are $42,144 (tuition), $16,320 (double room and board), and $764 (Student Services Fee).

Financial Aid

Emerson is committed to offering its students an excellent education at an affordable price. They have consistently set their tuition below their nearest competitors and are seen as a superb value in higher education. Students have all of the benefits of living in a world-class city, working with state-of-the-art equipment and in beautiful facilities, and learning from faculty who are top in their fields. The Office of Financial Aid will makes every effort to help students finance the cost of their education. Emerson offers 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 the 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. More information can be found online at or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-824-8655 or


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

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

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

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

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."


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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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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 both 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 our Global Pathways Summer Programs in more than 14 locations including London, Prague, and Greece.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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."

Special Needs Admissions

Diane Paxton

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

2% 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: 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.


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Campus Visits Contact

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
Academic Year

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 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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