Emerson College

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120 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116-4624

Phone: (617) 824-8500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 5
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Emerson College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,675, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 8 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Emerson College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 11. Its tuition and fees are $35,730 (2013-14).

Emerson College is an urban school that focuses on writing, communications and the liberal arts. The school offers majors such as writing, literature and publishing and political communication. Minor options include fiction, music appreciation and business studies in communication and the arts. Fittingly, the literary-focused school has a wide variety of student publications, including the Emerson Review, a literary magazine, and Concrete Literary Magazine, which showcases student poetry and photography. There is also a group called Undergraduate Students for Publishing that publishes student work. There are about 80 other student organizations, including a handful of fraternities and sororities.

Students may also get involved in Emerson College sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Emerson College, a private institution of higher education located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, specializes in the fields of communication and the arts.

During its recent history, Emerson has established a national and international footprint. The College is forward thinking: an academic community constantly evolving as it anticipates how best to prepare its students to lead the digital age.

Emersonians are talented, creative, driven. They are intellectually curious. They dive right into projects and give everything their maximum effort. They are people who get things done. They take pride in their work. They are team players, collaborators, experimenters. And, while demanding of themselves, they are supportive of one another.

Employers call our graduates the best-prepared, most talented young professionals they encounter coming out of any college today.

Emerson is a significant contributor of talent- on screen, off screen, and in the executive suite- to the entertainment industry. For example, Emerson alumni have been associated with many of television's most successful, highly acclaimed, and longest running productions. From the days of Norman Lear '44 and his All in the Family to Max Mutchnick '87 and his series Will & Grace and his recent show Partners, Emersonians have changed the entertainment industry and America's values.

Emersonians can be found in leadership roles across both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in fields ranging from marketing, law, public relations, and health communication to government, advertising, journalism, performing arts, and communication disorders.

As storytellers, artists, and scholars, Emersonians are natural observers of the human spirit. They are interested in people and enjoy engaging with them. When you are in a room full of Emersonians-whether it is on move-in day, at the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards night, or during Alumni Weekend- you'll be impressed by the volume of excited conversation, warm welcomes, and laughter. A sense of humor is a common Emersonian trait.

Society began a massive realignment with the digital age's arrival in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The modes of communication- print, radio, television, film, and live performance- are converging and re-emerging thanks to the Internet, cable, satellite, and all things digital. This revolutionary technological shift gave numerous Emerson alumni opportunities to lead their fields in new directions.

To meet the emerging demands of its faculty, its students, and society at large, Emerson expanded its curriculum and attracted additional professors. It also desperately needed new facilities in which to prepare the next generation of artists and communicators.

So there was the necessity. And then came the opportunity and a vision.

In a bold and visionary move, the College decided to relocate from its home in Boston's Back Bay to the Theatre District and create a state-of-the-art campus across from the historic Boston Common. Begun in 1992, the relocation was complete in 2006. The Colonial Building Residence Hall opened in September 2009 and the Paramount Center, a unique blend of venues, opened in September 2010.

Since 1994, Emerson has more than doubled the size of its faculty and thereby the educational opportunities for its students. Both the undergraduate and graduate populations grew, as did the College's selectivity and demand for admission.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1880
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $117,064,905


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 62 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 48.4%
Application deadline January 5
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 5

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Emerson College is 13:1, and the school has 62.2 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 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 79%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Creative Writing 18%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 17%
Radio and Television 17%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 16%
Broadcast Journalism 6%

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Student Life

Emerson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,675, with a gender distribution of 38 percent male students and 62 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Emerson College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,513
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Emerson College, 53.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,851.

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 $35,730 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,516 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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