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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Emerson is an above-average private college located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,733 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Emerson acceptance rate is 48%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Radio and Television, and Creative Writing. Graduating 80% of students, Emerson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,700.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Emerson College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
48%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1120-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$39,263/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $33,717/ year
  • $30-48k
    $36,793/ year
  • $49-75k
    $37,345/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,973/ year
  • $110k+
    $47,455/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
80%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,733Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Ambitious
    28%
  • Driven
    23%
  • Quirky
    15%
  • Wannabe Tortured Artists
    10%
  • #SoEmerson
    8%
  • Emerson
    5%
  • People who have interests but can be unmotivated
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.75 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.97 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Creative
    30%
  • #SoEmerson
    25%
  • A place to be yourself and create art.
    20%
  • Passionate
    13%
  • Depressed Egomaniacs
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Racist
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
71%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Emerson is an institution heavily weighted towards VMA and theatre majors. It flaunts its journalism program, but it's very lacking in that department. Many journalism majors cannot check out cameras or tripods and are instead given iPods and tripods for those iPods. Students in this journalism classes are very unmotivated sometimes, while in journalism organizations on campus are much more energetic about their profession. These organizations, as they already contain more motivated students, should receive more funding to entice more students to join them and produce greater work. There is much more diversity on campus this year, which is a step in the right direction as well.
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Emerson College has excellent professors, and unique arts programs, however the administration is controlling, disorganized, and insensitive to student needs: student facilities are in some cases fantastic and in others severely lacking. We had no student union for a whole year and a half, because the lease ran out. The theatre spaces are some of the best college theatres in the country, with the only broadway style theatre, and several other excellent performing spaces. However, the administration does not make it very easy to use the space. Our class tries to put on a senior showcase in NYC, and the administrators forbid it, because they are overly controlling of their image. Overall, it's worth putting up with them for the quality of the education, but be aware that there may be hurdles to jump.
My four years at Emerson gave me great friends, helped shape my worldview, and greatly contributed to my career trajectory. The amount of opportunity there, both in and out of classes, is endless. The Emerson connections aren't a myth and the name is recognized outside the film/TV industry as well. I was a marketing communications major and I can't count how many times people in the marketing/advertising industry called out, recognized, and asked me about my school during internship interviews and networking events. After participating in an internship for credit at a Boston agency during my senior year, I received a job offer right before graduation, and I've been very happy there since!