Emerson College

Emerson College

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $46,016 | $46,016
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $21,848
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Emerson College Overview

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 Emerson College campus is home to WERS-FM, the oldest noncommercial radio station in Boston; the historic 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre; and "Ploughshares," the award-winning literary journal for new writing.

B.A., B.F.A., and B.S. Degrees Offered in Communications and the Arts

Boston's Emerson College offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students can major in communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, political communication, journalism, marketing communication, performing arts (acting, design/technology, musical theatre performance, stage and production management, theatre education, or theatre studies), visual and media arts (animation and motion media, cinematography/videography, directing narrative fiction, documentary production, experimental media production, film, interactive media, post-production, producing, sound design/audio, studio television production, writing for film and television or media studies), or writing, literature and publishing.

Off-Campus Programs Extend Learning Beyond Emerson's Campus

Hundreds of internship placements exist throughout Boston and in major cities across the country, including Emerson College's Los Angeles Center -- a brand new facility home to a residential study and internship program in the heart of the world's entertainment capital. Emerson also offers a semester program in Washington, D.C.; study abroad in the college's castle in the Netherlands, additional study opportunities in Taiwan, and the Czech Republic; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

State-of-the-Art Facilities and Equipment for Communications, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Performing Arts

Emerson College possesses the highest quality visual and media arts equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio postproduction suites with analog and digital peripherals, and a professional marketing-research suite/focus room right on its Boston campus. There are also two radio stations, seven on-campus facilities to observe speech and hearing therapy, and an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists.

The eleven-story performance and production center has rehearsal space, a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop. In early 2010, the Paramount Center opened with a sound stage, black box theater, scene shop, film screening room, and residence hall.

Emerson College's Iwasaki Library houses more than 180,000 volumes and serial subscriptions, 10,000 microforms, 11,000 audiovisual materials, and 8,000 e-books. Students can access the resources of a dozen cooperating libraries through Emerson College's membership in the Fenway Library Consortium.

Award-Winning Faculty Make Direct Connections with Students

With class sizes that average between 20 to 25 people and a student-teacher ratio of 13:1, students at Emerson College develop close relationships with remarkably talented and active instructors. Emerson faculty members are nationally recognized and award-winning authors, directors, producers, consultants, playwrights, and editors. The vast majority of the faculty has earned doctorates or the highest degree obtainable in their field.

Emerson College Costs and Financial Aid

Basic expenses related to attending Emerson College include tuition, room and board, books and supplies, fees, health insurance, and personal expenses, including travel.

Emerson offers a wide variety of financial assistance programs. Sources of support may include need-based grants, loan programs, work-study and payment plans. Last year Emerson awarded more than $27 million in institutional gift aid. Academic scholarships ranging from $14,000 to half-tuition are awarded on a limited basis to students who meet high academic standards. There are a variety of other scholarships available through the Office of Undergraduate Admission that can vary year to year. If you qualify for any of these merit scholarships, the Admission Committee will nominate you.

Emerson College Admission Requirements

Emerson College accepts the Common Application and the Universal Application and requires an Application Supplement for both. There are often additional requirements for performing arts and film majors.

Admission is competitive; each year, more than 8,000 applications are received for a class of approximately 860. Selection is based on academic promise as indicated by secondary school performance, recommendations, writing competency, and SAT or ACT scores (or TOEFL if English is not the first language). Emerson also considers personal qualities as seen in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership.

The deadline for September admission for first-year students is January 15 (Early Action is November 1), and for transfer students, the deadline is March 15. The January admission deadline is November 1 for first-year students and transfer students.

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Emerson Students Thrive on Campus and in Surrounding Boston Community

The 3,730 undergraduate and 809 graduate students come from across the United States and seventy-five countries. Approximately 1,900 students live on campus, some in special learning communities, such as the Writers' Block, Film Immersion Community, and Digital Culture Floor. There is a fitness center, athletic field, and a fourteen-story campus center and residence hall that houses a gymnasium and student-services offices.

Emerson College is located in Boston, Massachusetts, America's most popular college town. The campus is 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.

Location & Contact

120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
United States

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Publishing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Individuals with Speech/Language Impairments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Playwriting and Screenwriting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


46% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied10,360
    • Accepted4,772
    • Acceptance Rate46%
    • Enrolled3,813
    • Female Applicants6,989
    • Females Accepted3,259
    • Female Acceptance Rate46%
    • Male Applicants3,371
    • Males Accepted1,513
    • Male Acceptance Rate44%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $65
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.71
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 15th May 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 620 700
    • SAT Math 580 660
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 26 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,016
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,016
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$836
    • Room and board *$17,690
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$21,848
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$24,576
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$13,972
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,788
    • Average Grant Aid:$15,402
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$18,820
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:98%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 52%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 7%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,813
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.96%
    • Black or African American3.12%
    • White or Caucasian65.49%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.16%
    • Asian4.56%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races3.72%
    • Unknown or International Student1.78%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout9.13% representing 47 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students79% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 52%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations EIV (Emerson Independent Video), National Broadcasting Society (student chapter), SPEC (Screenwriting), Entertainment Monthly (entertainment news), Emerson International (international student group)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty454
    • Full-time Percentage44%
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 3,769 students to 285 faculty



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