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 3,813 undergraduate and 653 graduate students from all 50 states and 57 countries 

Admission: Competitive; approximately 12,900 applications received each year for a fall class of about 900 students

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Expenses 2018–2019: Tuition: $46,016; room and board: $17,690; fees: $836; books/supplies: $1,150 (estimated); incidentals: $3,000 (estimated) 

Application Deadlines: 
Early Action:
November 1; Regular Decision:
January 15

Application Fee: $65

Undergraduate Programs
Business of Creative Enterprises (BA)
Comedic Arts (BFA)
Communication Disorders (BS)
Communication Studies (BS)
- Communication Studies
- Political Communication
- Public Relations
- 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)
- Global BFA in Film Art
- Media Arts Production

Specializations include:
• Animation and motion media
• Film and video production
• Interactive media and games
• Photography
• 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 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 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.

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.

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 $25,000 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