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Emerson College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,591, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 8 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Emerson College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 13. Its tuition and fees are $34,198 (2012-13).
Emerson College is an urban school that focuses on writing, communications, and the liberal arts. The school offers unique majors including Writing, Literature and Publishing and Political Communication: Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy. Minor options include Fiction, Music Appreciation, and Business Studies for Communication and the Arts. Fittingly, the literary-focused school has a wide variety of student publications, including the Emerson Review, a literary magazine, and Gangsters in Concrete, a publication that showcases student poetry and photography. There is also a club, Undergraduate Students for Publishing, which meets to speak about career opportunities with publishing professionals. There are about 80 other student organizations, including a handful of fraternities and sororities.
Students may also get involved in Emerson College athletics, a group of teams that compete in the NCAA Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Sports teams include lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, and soccer; the school does not have a football team. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, which puts them near Boston Common, a popular spot for relaxation and recreational activities. Notable alumni of Emerson College include talk show host Jay Leno, actor Henry Winkler, and makeup artist Bobbi Brown.
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Emerson College is committed to excellence in education for communication and the arts. Since its beginning in 1880, the College has been a place for those unique students for whom thought and experience overlap: thinking is linked to doing. At Emerson, students discover their perspectives and put them to use. A rich liberal arts curriculum is paired with concentrated studies in communication sciences and the arts, giving students the perfect balance of knowledge and know-how.
Located on Boston Common in the heart of the city's Theatre District, the Emerson 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. Emerson's 3,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students come from across the United States and 45 countries. There are more than 80 student organizations and performance groups, 14 NCAA teams, student publications, and honor societies. The College also sponsors study and internship programs in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.; study abroad in the Netherlands, Taiwan, and Czech Republic; Beijing; London; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.
Emerson students have access to the highest quality visual and media arts equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio post-production suites, film screening rooms, a sound stage, and a professional marketing suite/focus group room. There are seven on-campus facilities and programs to observe speech and hearing therapy, an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists, and an 11-story performance and production center which houses performance and rehearsal space, a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop. There is a fitness center, athletic field, gymnasium and campus center. Current construction projects include the building of a permanent home in Hollywood for the College's Los Angeles study and internship program.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Emerson College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 5, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 5. The application fee at Emerson College is $65. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 61.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||48.4%|
|Application deadline||January 5|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 5|
The student-faculty ratio at Emerson College is 13:1, and the school has 62.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Emerson College include: Creative Writing; Cinematography and Film/Video Production; Radio and Television; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; and Broadcast Journalism. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.2 percent.
Emerson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,591, with a gender distribution of 38.8 percent male students and 61.2 percent female students. At this school, 59.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41.0 percent of students live off campus. Emerson College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Emerson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Emerson College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Emerson College.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Emerson College, 55.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,443.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$34,198 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$13,958 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data