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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  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 3,748 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Emerson acceptance rate is 46%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Radio and Television, and Creative Writing. Graduating 81% of students, Emerson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,300.
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
46%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1200-1360
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$42,070/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,323/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

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
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
79%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,748Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
64
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    28%
  • Driven
    21%
  • Quirky
    16%
  • Wannabe Tortured Artists
    12%
  • People who have interests but can be unmotivated
    7%
  • #SoEmerson
    7%
  • Emerson
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.79 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.101 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Creative
    30%
  • A place to be yourself and create art.
    25%
  • #SoEmerson
    23%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • Depressed Egomaniacs
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Racist
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
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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The location provided me with the life-changing experience of living downtown in a city, something that helped my personal growth.
I met an amazing group of people, but I definitely fall into the "artsy" stereotype. There are people who don't fit this stereotype, but they are the minority.
There's a great art community, but it's pretty difficult to break into the film department if you're not a VMA major.
Academically, Emerson can be a total joke. You have to really intentionally challenge yourself.
The administration consistently neglects to communicate with students about important information.
Emerson is overpriced for what it is. They don't prioritize their low-to-middle-income students, and keep raising tuition, and as a result many students can't afford to stay at Emerson, and the majority of those who can come from extremely privileged backgrounds.
I will be transferring this Fall. I love Emerson for the people and city, but owe my academic growth to very few professors.
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The professors are good, for the most part. Classes are extremely cool and come in a very liberal variety. Literally. We're quirky, creative, accomplished, LGBTQ-friendly, and extremely passionate. Student pressure pushes me to be my best, abut also have fun. I've stared in a Berkley music video, styles multiple photoshoots, written for magazines, and gone to several theatre performances. The administration often doesn't listen and seems to be out for the money, the whole place rich and white and problematic, but I wouldn't trade my experience for the world. As a journalism major, I'm finding important subjects and opportunities to expand my career and the world around me.
Emerson is a great school, though it definitely caters to a specific type of student. It is a very liberal and progressive environment that can make you feel like your living in an isolated bubble without the opportunity to interact with people who have different perspectives. Its small size allows you to truly feel a sense of community, especially within your department. The best part about Emerson is how much student lead activity there is and how proactive and productive your peers are. This can be intimidating to some, but it's also really inspirational and ensures that there is always something you can be doing outside your classes to further your education, and people to do it with. The teachers are, for the most part, very passionate about what they do, and the small class sizes really allow you to get the most out of your courses and form relationships with your teachers and classmates.