Emerson students use their creativity and talent to push the boundaries of human expression.
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 50 states and 60 countries
Admission: Competitive—each year approximately 10,300 applications received for a fall class of about 900 students
Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Expenses 2017–2018: Tuition: $44,032; room and board: $16,992; fees: $800; books/supplies: $1,000 (estimated); incidentals: $2,000 (estimated)
Application Deadlines: Early Action: November 1; Regular Decision: January 15
Application Fee: $65
• 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)
- Musical Theatre
- Stage and Production Management
- 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
• 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
They transform the way people think, revolutionize the way people interact, and advance ideas that change the world. There are so many ways that our students move their industries forward—from directing short films, writing magazine features, and devising business plans to performing improv comedy, teaching children to speak confidently, and launching viral advertising campaigns. Whatever they do, Emerson students unite to become a creative force in communication and the arts.
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. Students selected for the program receive our top merit award, a $24,000 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 and recommendation letters. Emerson has a test-optional policy for admission.
Students may elect to submit their application with standardized test scores or additional supplemental information in the place of scores. Our goal is to allow you to put your best foot forward in the admission process. 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.