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Diversity Profile

Emerson students use their creativity and talent to push the boundaries of human expression. 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. 

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 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. 

Emerson is a vibrant and dynamic college that embraces diversity in all its forms. We value and welcome differences and strive to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment. The richness of a community that reflects ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, and religious diversity is vital to both the growth of our community and the critical thinking demanded of our global society today. So much of what our students learn they learn from one another—in the classroom, in our residence halls, or through the extracurricular activities on our urban campus.

Two campus resources—Intercultural Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion—sponsor a range of activities for African American Heritage Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic–Latin American Heritage Month. Organizations such as EBONI (Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), and Amigos (Latinx student organization) provide additional opportunities for involvement.

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.



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

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