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Transfer Profile

What inspires you? Wherever you can imagine them—at the forefront, backstage, on the cutting edge—Emerson graduates are the people who enable and enhance our astonishingly interconnected world. 

Since its beginning in 1880, Emerson College has been a place for those unique students for whom thought and experience overlap: thinking is linked to doing.At Emerson, you’ll discover your perspectives and put them to use. A rich liberal arts curriculum is paired with concentrated studies in all areas of communication and arts, giving you the perfect balance of knowledge and know-how. 

Located in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District and across from the iconic Boston Common, Emerson’s campus stands at the crossroads of the city. With unparalleled access to internships, museums, hospitals, theatres, and countless cultural experiences, there is never a shortage of new experiences for students. From seeing a show at a historic theatre and catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to getting lost in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts and watching street performers in Harvard Square, the city remains at your doorstep, there for you when you need it most.

Beyond the Boston city limits, Emerson offers students the opportunity to spend a semester at their state-of-the-art Los Angeles Center on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, or at Kasteel Well, the College’s medieval castle in Well, the Netherlands. Emerson offers study and internship programs in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.; study abroad in the Netherlands, Valencia, Beijing, and Prague; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

Emerson offers students access to industry-leading facilities and equipment across all academic disciplines. The College is home to multiple theatres; a journalism production center with an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists; the highly regarded Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center; a state-of-the-art marketing suite and focus group room; WERS-FM, Boston’s oldest noncommercial radio station; Ploughshares, the award-winning literary journal for new writing; and much more.

Transfer applicants should complete all parts of the Common Application or Universal Application for Transfer Students along with the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. In addition to the application, students are required to submit college and high school transcripts, one letter of recommendation, and in some cases, standardized test scores.

Additional application credentials are required for transfer and international students depending on their intended area of study. For specific details on applying to Emerson as a transfer student, please visit emerson.edu/undergraduate-admission.

Attending college is an investment. At Emerson we are committed to helping you explore ways to finance your education and to providing resources to best prepare you for your career. The College offers two transfer-specific merit-based scholarships: the Next Step Scholarship, in partnership with 10 select community colleges around the country, and the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship, in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.




Founded: 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson 

Degrees: B.A., B.F.A., B.S., M.A., M.F.A., M.S. 

Student Body: More than 3,700 undergraduate and 750 graduate students from 49 states and 60 countries  

Transfer Admission: Competitive—each year approximately 750 applications received for a transfer class of 180 

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1 

Expenses 2015–2016: Tuition: $40,320; room and board: $15,700; fees: $732; books/supplies: $1,000 (estimated); incidentals: $2,000 (estimated)  

Application Deadlines: January admission: November 1; Fall admission: March 15 

Application Fee: $65