At Emerson, you’ll find your voice and use it to transform the way people think and interact and advance ideas that change the world. 


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.


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: More than 3,813 undergraduate and 653 graduate students from across the United States and 57 countries

Number of Faculty: 454, with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MS

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and

Schools and Departments:
• Business of Creative Enterprises
• School of the Arts, including the Departments of Comedic Arts; Performing Arts; Visual and Media Arts; and Writing, Literature, and Publishing
• School of Communication, including the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, Marketing Communication, Public Relations, and Sports Communication 
• Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, including Service Learning, the Honors Program, and self-designed majors

Iwasaki Library: More than 314,000 volumes and serial subscriptions, 10,000 microforms, 14,500 audio/visual materials, and 85,200 e-books

Geographic Diversity: Students from all 50 states and 57 countries

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

International Student Budget: (2018–2019)
Room and Board$17,690
Student Services Fee$836
Books, Supplies, and Incidentals$3,000

Financial Aid: Financial assistance for international students is limited. Trustees Scholarships ($25,000) and Luminary Scholarships ($18,000) are awarded to students for high academic achievement.

Test Score Requirements: Emerson now offers students a test-optional policy. For those who prefer to submit scores, they typically range between 1220–1380 (SAT) and 27–31 (ACT). If English is not your first language, a minimum iBT TOEFL of 80 or IELTS score of 7 is required.

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

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 is 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 students the opportunity to spend a semester at their 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 in one of 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 students 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.

New first-year students live in one of our five residence halls for their first three years, including the newly renovated Little Building, which will re-open in fall 2019. Our Dining Center opened in fall 2017, and a new student center and fitness facilities are opening in the coming year.

An international perspective
Emerson students and faculty come from more than 50 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 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