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Undergrad Profile

Since its beginning in 1880, Emerson College has been a place for those unique students for whom 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 things for students to do. 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, the city remains at your doorstep.

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, DC; 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.

The Honors Program
The Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that provides a four-year, interdisciplinary, collaborative learning experience for incoming students of exceptional ability. The Honors Program supplements major study with a challenging liberal arts curriculum composed of interdisciplinary seminars, collaborative research projects, and faculty-directed independent study. Students enrolled in the Honors Program take advantage of individual advising, special lectures, interdisciplinary fulfillment of Emerson’s general education requirements, collaborative research projects, and special extracurricular activities. Admission is based upon your academic record, creative accomplishments, and submission of an additional Honors Program essay and graded writing sample. Students selected for the program receive our top merit award, a half-tuition Trustees scholarship that is renewable each academic year.

Emerson accepts the Common Application (commonapp.org). Students are required to complete all parts of the application, including the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. Other required credentials include high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and recommendation letters. Please pay particular attention to any additional requirements for your major when submitting your application. For specific details on applying to Emerson, please visit emerson.edu/ugapply.




Undergraduate Programs
Business of Creative Enterprises (BA)
Comedic Arts (BFA)
Communication Disorders (BS)
Communication Studies (BS)
- Communication Studies
- Political Communication
- Sports Communication

Journalism (BS)
Marketing Communications (BS)
Performing Arts (BFA)
- Acting
- Musical Theatre
- Stage and Production Management
- Theatre
- Theatre and Performance
- Theatre Design/Technology
- Theatre Education
- Theatre Education and Performance
- Stage and Screen Design/Technology

Visual and Media Arts (BA and BFA)
- Media Arts Production

Specializations include:
animation and motion media
film and video production
interactive media and games
sound design and audio post-production
studio television and live events
writing for film and television
- Media Studies
Writing, Literature, and Publishing (BA and BFA)
- Creative Writing
- Writing, Literature, and Publishing

Emerson College At A Glance
Founded: 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson
Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MS
Student Body: More than 3,700 undergraduate and 750 graduate students from 49 states and 60 countries 
Admission: Competitive—each year approximately 9,100 applications received for a fall class of about 900 students

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Expenses 2016–2017: Tuition: $42,144; room and board: $16,820; fees: $732; books/supplies: $1,000 (estimated);
incidentals: $2,000 (estimated) 
Application Deadlines: Early Action:
November 1; Regular Decision: January 15
Application Fee: $65