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

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

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

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,808 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
202 full-time faculty
277 part-time faculty
13 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, directly next to the lush Boston Common and in the middle of the historic Freedom Trail.

Retention Fall 2015

100% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

80% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
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 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Emerson College currently supports 14 intercollegiate sports.

7 men’s teams: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and baseball
7 women’s teams: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and 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.

Ideas in Action

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. Students are challenged to know what to do with their great ideas. While Emerson provides many traditional academic experiences, the College also offers extensive opportunities to get involved in the creative arts. With opportunity, resources, and encouragement, Emerson students excel in both thought and action.

Make It Happen

Emerson students learn to emulate and build off the work of their professors, all of whom are respected scholars in their fields. The College brings together academic theory with practice, bringing about new ideas and challenging traditional conventions through collaboration between students and faculty. Students explore their surroundings while building a repertoire of marketable experiences as they embody Emerson’s belief that education is about stepping up and recognizing one’s full potential. They are taught to make things happen, as professors motivate their students to challenge their surroundings and break out of their comfort zones.

Los Angeles-based Residential Study and Internship Program

Emerson opens up access for students to travel to Los Angeles and intern with over 1,000 sites in the media, marketing, and public relations industries. Those who choose to utilize this opportunity receive the benefits of working in the central hub of their chosen industry as they live and study with the same, high-level Emerson standards. Through Emerson, these driven students foster Boston scholarship, Los Angeles initiative, and vice versa.

Abroad programs

Emerson encourages many of 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 through the exposure of different people, perspectives, and ideas.

One standout study abroad program enhances this level of exposure by boarding its students in a 14th-century medieval castle. This semester-long program in the Netherlands is wholly immersive, inspiring students with the beautiful, historical architecture of the beautiful, historical country.

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 and daring of students to take hold of their education. Emerson’s qualified faculty ensure that their students are making the most of their academic endeavors, pushing 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 all the various fields of communication. Through this collaboration, students develop their skills as critical thinkers as they learn to challenge traditional conventions while synthesizing their new ideas into the world. Entertainment, writing, journalism, and all forms of media are best played out with a broad understanding of all fields of study and modes of thought.

Comedy, Writing, and Performance

Emerson has recently introduced a minor in comedy. The minor is interdisciplinary, meaning that its 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. Students come from all over the U.S. as well as 40 countries. As a result, the campus has many resources that ensure cultural awareness and acceptance. Emerson recognizes that there are many benefits to a diverse community, perhaps most important of which is the myriad of opinions and backgrounds that come together and 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 that Emerson offers, have the chance to enjoy a vibrant city life filled with museums and career opportunities. Students have access to theatre, studios, the financial district, and all the 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. Other activities that students can enjoy include cheering on the Red Sox at nearby Fenway Park, seeing live performances at the Boston Opera House, visiting the city’s Aquarium or one of its many museums, or even attending a show at Emerson’s very own Cutler Majestic Theatre.


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

Television, Radio, and Film Production

Emerson offers its students state-of-the-art production facilities that are 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 such a wealth of industry-standard gear. Emerson’s facilities provide students with the hands-on experience they need to be successful in their chosen careers.

Preparation for Life after College

Emerson graduates are incredibly prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation, and they are lauded for such preparedness by many employers. The College’s 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 them. Career Services also helps students locate and secure internship opportunities, which contribute immensely to their overall success after college.


Admissions Fall 2015

8,618 Total Applicants 
4,225 Total Admissions 
915 Total Freshman Enrollment

49.03% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 560 670
SAT Math 540 640
SAT Writing 560 660
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 25 32
ACT Writing 8 10


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $39,312
Fees $732
Total $40,044
Room and Board (on campus) $15,700
Estimated Total On Campus $55,744


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

71% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,097 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$11,163 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates