Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College

Boston, MA

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Across industries and continents, Emersonians shape our society, culture, and future.

At Emerson College, you’ll find your voice and use it to transform the way people think and interact to advance ideas that change the world. A rich liberal arts curriculum is paired with concentrated studies in all areas of communication and the arts, giving you the knowledge and skills to become a creative force.

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 cultural experiences, there's never a shortage of opportunities. From catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to getting lost in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, the city remains at your doorstep.

Beyond Boston’s city limits, Emerson offers you the opportunity to spend a semester at our state-of-the-art Los Angeles center in 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, DC; study abroad opportunities in more than 20 countries, including the Netherlands, Valencia, Hong Kong, and Prague; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

Emerson offers you access to industry-leading facilities and equipment across all academic disciplines. The College is home to multiple theaters; 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.

As a new first-year student, you'll live in one of our five residence halls for your first three years, spending your freshman year in our newly renovated residence hall, the Little Building. In fall 2019, our Dining Center was expanded and we opened a new student-centered space for campus organizations, activities, and meeting space.

An international perspective
Emerson students and faculty come from more than 70 countries. Our Office of International Student Affairs organizes a special international orientation program at the start of every semester and provides assistance with immigration and visa concerns as well as adjustment to life in the United States. These activities are supplemented by several student associations such as Amigos (Latino student organization), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), and EI: Emerson International—an organization dedicated to making international students feel at ease on campus by providing a link to members of their country as well as those from different cultural backgrounds.

Emerson accepts the Emerson Application and Common Application. Students are required to complete all parts of the application, including Emerson-specific questions and writing supplements. Other required credentials include high school transcripts and recommendation letters. Additional application credentials are required for students applying to Performing Arts programs, Comedic Arts, or Film Art (and strongly encouraged for Media Arts Production).

Emerson has a test-optional policy for SAT/ACT scores. Students may elect to submit their application with standardized test scores or additional supplemental information in place of scores. For specific details on applying to Emerson, please visit emerson.edu/ugapply


Boston, Massachusetts, is an international city with more than 30 foreign consulates, a busy international airport, and more than 40 colleges and universities. The city played an exciting role in United States history, and its nickname, “The Hub,” reflects its contemporary importance as a center of business, education, culture, and research. The climate is temperate with four distinct seasons.

Emerson At A Glance

Type of School: Coeducational, independent, founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson

Size of Campus: More than a dozen academic and residential buildings on the Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theater District

Number of Students: 3,813 undergraduate students, 633 graduate students

Student Faculty Ratio: 13:1

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

International Student Services: Office of International Student Affairs, International Student Orientation, and international student organizations

Test Score Requirements: Emerson now offers students a test-optional policy. For those who prefer to submit scores, they typically range between 1240–1390 (SAT) and 27–31 (ACT). If English is not your first language, a minimum iBT TOEFL of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• September admission: January 15 (Early Action: November 1)
January admission: November 1
Application fee: $65

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