Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College

Boston, MA

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When you become an Emerson College student, it means you are ready to break boundaries and use your talents to move the world forward. The culture and educational experience at Emerson is unlike that of any other institution. Our immersive, hands-on programs provide you with the real-world experience, professional-grade facilities, and foundational knowledge you need to hone your craft and be at the cutting edge of your field. Guided by an award-winning faculty of acclaimed authors, theater directors, filmmakers, speech clinicians, political commentators, and specialists in nearly every sphere of communication and the arts, our students are provided with an unparalleled academic experience. As a transfer student, you will jump right into your discipline, building a basis for your future as a leader in communication or the arts.

Located in the heart of Boston’s Theater 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, theaters, and countless cultural experiences, there’s never a shortage of new experiences for students. From seeing a show at a historic theater 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 its 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, Limburg in the Netherlands. Emerson also offers study and internship programs in Los Angeles and Washington, DC; study abroad in more than 14 locations around the world, including the Netherlands, Valencia, Bejing, and Prague; and course cross-registration with the six members of the 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.

We accept the Common Application (commonapp.org) and Emerson Application. Transfer students are required to complete all parts of the application, including the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. Additional application credentials are required for transfer and international students depending on their intended area of study. To learn more about supplemental and program-specific information that might be required with your application, we recommend visiting emerson.edu/transferguideparticularly if you’re applying for Performing Arts or Media Arts Production.

Attending college is an investment. We're committed to making an Emerson education as accessible as possible for students. Through scholarships; federal, state, and institutional aid; and payment plan options, we strive to help families manage the cost. Additionally, we offer several merit-based scholarships to transfer students who complete an application by March 15 for fall term. Scholarships include the Next Step Scholarship, in partnership with select community colleges around the country; the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; and the Gateway Scholarship for students who are transferring from a four-year college or university.

Emerson At A Glance

Founded: 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson

Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MS

Student Body: 3,813 undergraduate students, 633 graduate students

Admission: Competitive; approximately 15,300 applications received each year for a fall class of about 900 students

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Expenses (2021–2022): 
• Tuition: $51,264
• Room and board: $19,144 (double)

Application Deadlines: 
• Early Action: November 1
• Regular Decision: January 14

Athletics: 14 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams

Transfer Admission: 
• Applied: 790
• Accepted: 51
• Enrolled: 155

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