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Emerson College
A private, four-year university located in Boston, Emerson offers a unique perspective: a college...

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

A private, four-year university located in Boston, Emerson offers a unique perspective: a college dedicated to communication and the arts within a liberal arts framework.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,787 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
76% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
197 full-time faculty
259 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

57 percent of the students live on campus

School Location

Emerson College is located at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

80% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 3%
White 66%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


Emerson College currently supports 14 intercollegiate sports, 7 men’s teams and 7 women’s teams including men and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball, as well as Men’s baseball and women’s softball.

Academic Programs

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Political Communication: Leadership, Politics and Social Advocacy, Journalism, Marketing Communication, Performing Arts: Acting, Design/Technology, Musical Theatre Performance, Stage and Production Management, Theatre Education and 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 and Media Studies, Writing, Literature and Publishing, Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.

It’s not enough to have great ideas. Many college students have “great” ideas during their four year experience. No, Emerson pushes its students further, recognizing that a good idea is only the first step. It’s what comes after that is so important—implementation. You have to know what to do with your great ideas. While Emerson provides its students with many traditional academic experiences, the College also offers extensive opportunities to get involved in the creative arts.

Make It Happen
Emerson students learn to emulate their professors, who are respected scholars in their fields. Emerson brings together academic theory with practice. Students and professors collaborate with one another, bringing about new ideas and challenging traditional conventions. Students will explore their surroundings, while building a repertoire of marketable experiences. An Emerson education is about stepping up and recognizing one’s full potential. Students are taught to make things happen. There is no waiting around. Professors act as motivators to students, who learn how to challenge their surroundings and break out of their comfort zones.

Los Angeles-based Residential Study and Internship Program
Students have the opportunity to intern with over 1,000 sites in the media, marketing, and public relations industries. Students who choose to utilize this opportunity receive the benefits of working in the central hub of their chosen industry.

Live in a castle
Students that want to study abroad in the Netherlands have the chance to live in a 14th century medieval castle. This venue is meant to enhance the global and cultural experience of an abroad semester.

Abroad programs
In general, Emerson encourages its students to study abroad in order to develop a more worldly perspective. The College believes that these cultural experiences directly enrich one’s professional skills.

Television, Radio, and Film Production
Emerson offers its students state-of-the-art production facilities, fully stocked with high-tech equipment and gadgets. Students are given the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the entertainment business, while utilizing industry-standard gear. Emerson’s facilities provide students with the hands-on experience they need to be successful in their chosen careers.

Learning Communities
The College affords students the chance to be a part of a group that shares similar intellectual interests, consistent with Emerson’s mission of growth and development.

An Interactive Education
Emerson’s faculty work to develop students’ perspectives, as well as their ability to react to any situation. The teaching style at Emerson is non-traditional in the lecture sense. Courses do not consist of endless oral delivery and rote memorization. Instead, the educational experience is interactive. Students must be willing, daring even, with their education. And Emerson’s well qualified faculty are there to ensure that the students are making the most of their academic endeavors. Professors push their students to explore their highest potentials.

Where Liberal Arts meet Communication
Emerson embraces collaboration. The College strongly emphasizes the relationship between liberal arts and the various fields of communication. Through this collaboration, students develop their skills as critical thinkers. They learn how to challenge traditional conventions, while synthesizing their new ideas into the world.

Comedy, Writing, and Performance
Emerson has introduced a minor in comedy. The minor is interdisciplinary, meaning the course requirements are fulfilled through several departments. The comedy minor enhances the College’s presence in the entertainment industry, giving students a more established skillset. Emerson has 8 comedy organizations on campus, affording students numerous opportunities to get involved.

A Diverse Community
Emerson embraces diversity and works hard to make an educational and personal experience that is inclusive for all its students. Emerson students come from all over the U.S., as well as 40 countries. As a result, the campus has many resources to ensure cultural awareness and acceptance. Emerson recognizes that there are many benefits to a diverse community. Perhaps most important is the myriad of opinions and backgrounds that come together to shape the academic and personal tone of the college.

Emerson is located in Boston, a noted historical and cultural hub. Students, on top of the many campus activities Emerson offers, have the chance to enjoy a vibrant city life filled with museums and career opportunities. Students have access to theatres, studios, the financial district, and cultural and historical attractions of the city. Some of the most respected news organizations are also in Boston, affording Emerson students the possibility to involve themselves in field experience. There are also several other activities students can enjoy, including professional and college sports and art appreciation. Students can visit one of the many museums in the city or see live performances at the Boston Opera House, the New England Conservatory or Emerson’s very own Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Emerson College offers 14 NCAA Division III teams, featuring both men and women’s sports. For those students that are not involved in college athletics, Emerson provides other opportunities to stay active. There are several intramural, recreational, and fitness activities for students to choose from.

Preparation for Life after College
Emerson graduates are incredibly prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation, and they are lauded for that preparedness by many employers. Emerson students have worked and shaped all facets of the entertainment industry—on screen, off screen, as executives, as writers, and as technicians. Alumni have also made significant strides in various communications fields, ranging from health communication to marketing. In short, Emerson’s 28,000 alumni have achieved many great things after their college experience. Emerson prepares its students for success through a strong alumni network, an educational experience that caters to individual growth, and a community of professional and personal opportunities.

Career Services
Career Services is set up to help students identify their goals and find ways to achieve those goals. Career Services also helps students locate and secure internship opportunities, which contributes to students’ success after college.


Admissions Fall 2014

8,709 Total Applicants
4,283 Total Admissions
857 Total Freshmen Enrollment

49.18% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 580 680
SAT Math 560 650
SAT Writing 580 670
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 23 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $36,650
Fees $700
Total $37,350
Room and Board (on campus) $15,096
Estimated Total On Campus $52,446


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

71% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
61% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,066 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$10,769 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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